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I'd Rather Be With You Mary B. Morrison

ISBN 9780758273024
Publish Date 7/30/2013
Format Hardcover
Categories Dafina, Fiction

From New York Times bestselling author Mary B. Morrison comes the sizzling tale of two friends and the provocative bet that forever changes their lives. Now, with their futures up in the air, who will play one vengeful game too many? And who will wish she wasn’t left standing?

I’m the wife Madison’s husband really deserves. Why won’t she let him go? Nursing wealthy businessman Chicago DuBois back to health was the least Loretta Lovelace figured she could do. After all, it was her bet that made Madison the object of a crazed stalker’s affections and put Chicago at death’s door. With Madison’s marriage on the rocks, Loretta couldn’t resist looking after Chicago’s interests and reigniting his passion for life. But now Madison wants to take back what’s no longer hers. . .

I’ve got a fresh chance to start over. But letting Loretta walk away with my old life—that’s not going to happen. Madison’s life was perfect before Loretta introduced her to Granville Washington and initiated the bet that ruined Madison’s reputation and marriage. Now with a baby on the way and a family empire to save, Madison knows it’s past time to make some tough decisions. To get her life back on track, she’ll have to settle the score with Loretta and deal with Sindy Singleton, another woman who’s trying to make a play for Chicago. But this spoiled beauty has just the plan to handle her competition, her stalker, and her straying husband. . .

Discussion Questions

1. What do you believe is Madison’s motivation for taking Roosevelt off the respirator? Under her circumstances, what would you have done? Why?

2. Give an example where a character feels another character is wrong, but the character who is pissed off has done the same exact thing to someone else in the story. Do you know people who have done this as well?

3. Does Tisha have an obligation to tell her husband that she is pregnant? Under the circumstances, should Darryl (or any man) have any control over whether or not a woman has an abortion?

4. Do you believe Loretta is a lesbian? Is she in love with Madison or just jealous of Madison?

5. Do you feel Chicago unconditionally loves Madison? Is Madison in love with Chicago? Should they stay together? Or should Chicago leave?

6. Is Sindy Singleton the woman for Chicago? Or does she have a motive?

7. What’s the deal with Raynard? Why did he wait so long to turn over the videotape of the shooting? Why didn’t the tape help convict Granville? Should Raynard and Loretta reunite?

8. Who is ultimately responsible for Chicago being shot?

9. Do you feel Rosalee knows her husband is a cheater? Assuming she does, why is she still married to him? Is infidelity a justification for divorce? Would you vote in favor of divorce becoming illegal?

10. Based on testimonies from Loretta, Madison, Chicago, and Chaz, do you believe the judge made the right decision in declaring a mistrial? Why?

11. If you saw a man with an amazing body, would you think he’s an ex-con? Do you believe women fall for attractive men and seldom question their backgrounds? Would you marry an excon if you were friends with him/her before he/she was convicted? Why?

12. How many happily married couples do you know? What do you believe makes their marriage successful?

13. Are you happy that Madison’s baby was fathered by Chicago? Or would you have preferred Granville as the father? Do you think Granville would’ve been a good dad? Would you have his baby? Why?

About Mary B. Morrison:

New York Times bestselling author Mary B. Morrison believes that women should shape their own destiny. Born in Aurora, IL, and raised in New Orleans, LA, she took a chance and quit her near six-figure government job to self-publish her first book, Soulmates Dissipate, in 2000 and begin her literary career. Mary’s books have appeared on numerous bestseller lists. Mary is actively involved in a variety of philanthropic endeavors, and in 2006 she sponsored the publication of an anthology written by 33 sixth-graders. In 2010 and 2014, Mary produced a play based on her novel, Single Husbands, which she wrote under her pseudonym, HoneyB. Her wonderful son, Jesse Byrd, Jr., is the owner of Oiseau Clothes and writing novels for adolescents. Mary currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia. Visit Mary Honey B Morrison on Facebook, Twitter @ marybmorrison, and at MaryMorrison.com.

Photo Credit: AJ Alexander Parhm


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