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Mistress, Inc.: Mistress Series #3

Niobia Bryant

ISBN 9780758265296
Publish Date 5/29/2012
Format Trade Paperback
Categories Fiction, Dafina, Mistress
List Price: $14.00

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From the author of Mistress No More comes a sexy, exciting novel about an ex-mistress who’s doing her best to give up her bad-girl ways…

When Jessa Bell revealed she was having an affair with one of her best friends’ husbands, no one would have predicted she’d soon be playing the part of the reformed mistress—least of all Jessa. But her experience—and ensuing remorse—has landed her on all the national talk shows and scored her a major book deal. Now that she’s pregnant with her ex-lover’s baby, Jessa’s determined to cash in on all the attention. Trouble is, she isn’t feeling much genuine regret.

Shunned by her former friends, Jessa is still being propositioned by married men—and decides to start a business to help wives catch their cheating husbands. But when more secrets about her past are exposed, it’s going to be tough for her to stay on the straight and narrow—even if it spells disaster for her future…

“Bryant is an author who definitely knows how to tell a story.” --APOOO Book Club

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“Grabs your attention from the first page.” --The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers

“This novel is packed with unbelievable drama that will capture readers from page one." --Books2Mention Magazine

"...a fast-paced, sexy romp that is entertaining from start to finish." --APOOO Book Club

Prologue

“I am standing outside the gated community of Richmond Hills, which has been shocked by tonight’s fatal shooting inside one of the community’s affluent homes. The police and the medical coroner are on the scene investigating the apparent self- inflicted shooting. The name of the deceased is being withheld at this time, but it’s being reported that the shooting occurred in the home of his alleged mistress— just a block down from the home he once shared with his estranged wife. It seems the violence tonight was the culmination of the deceased stalking his mistress after she tried to end the affair. After being distraught by strangling her, the victim delivered one fatal shot to his head by a 9mm gun registered in his name. A next-door neighbor happened to be walking by when the gun was shot and rushed inside to discover the bodies. And that was an act of sheer luck for Jessa Bell, as her neighbor, who is definitely a hero, was able to perform CPR and revive her until the paramedics arrived on the scene. She is now in stable condition at Fairmount Hospital. I will continue to report on this scandalous crime as details continue to unfold. This is Maria Vargas reporting for WCBL. Now back to you—”

Click.

The television set quickly faded to black. I didn’t really need to watch the news report to know what happened. It was my life—or nearly the end of my life—that they speculated upon and spread like the clap in a whorehouse. As if almost dying wasn’t enough, now my reputation would get skewered as my sins were put on Front Street. They might as well slap the scarlet letter on my chest and push me back into the mid-1600s.

Sighing, I turned my head on the lifeless pillow to look out through the slats of the blinds of the hospital room’s window. Nothing but the moon or some light reflecting on a huge silver mechanical device on the rooftop of the shorter building next door filled my vision. Not a blessed thing to distract me from my thoughts, my reflections. My sins. My death.

I shivered and pressed my fingertips to the bruises on my throat as a vision of Eric’s face filled with anger and murder flashed before me. I shook my head a bit trying to free myself of the vision, only to have it replaced by the brief memory of Eric’s blood and brains seeping from his head as they rolled my weak body past him on the stretcher.

Tilting my head up on the pillow, I bit my bottom lip as tears filled my eyes. I closed my lids, but the tears still raced down my cheeks.

I almost died tonight.

That was a chilling fact . . . and I felt it to my bones.

Karma is and always will be a bitch.

I betrayed a friend to have Eric—her husband—in my life.

And I learned the hard way you have to be careful what you ask for. The man I fought to win at any cost became my enemy instead of the love of my life. He tried to kill me because I turned my back on his half-lies and part-time love.

Again, I see his face above mine as he tried his hardest to kill me.

I knew that the three friends I turned into enemies would probably gloat or toast with cocktails how the tables had turned on me. How being the mistress of someone’s husband had almost killed me. Tonight I was just a few seconds short of being able to spill all my sins directly to God—or the devil—and that scared the shit out of me.

You have to change, Jessa Bell, I told myself, forcing my hand away from the bruises on my neck and ignoring the tenderness of my throat as I swallowed.

Releasing a heavy breath, I reached out to the side rail and pressed the button to call for the nurse.

“Yes?” someone said over the intercom after a few moments.

“Is there a chaplain on duty?” I asked, my voice slightly hoarse.

“Yes. Would you like for me to call him for you?”

I paused. The end of your life was all about heaven or hell.

“Yes,” I whispered, trying to ease the use of my tender vocal cords. “Tell him there is a sinner who needs his help getting saved.”

About Niobia Bryant:

Niobia Bryant is the award-winning and national bestselling author of more than thirty works of romance and commercial fiction. She is a two-time winner of RT Book Reviews’ Best African-American/Multicultural Romance Award and received a Best Multicultural Fiction nomination for The Pleasure Trap. Want, Need, Love was a nominee for the Romance Slam Jam’s Steamy Romance of the Year Emma Award. Her books have appeared in Ebony, Essence, The New York Post, The Star Ledger, The Dallas Morning News, Juicy magazine and many other national publications. Her bestselling book, Message from a Mistress, has been adapted to film. A proud native of Newark, New Jersey, Niobia currently resides in South Carolina where she writes full time. For more on this author who “can’t stop, won’t stop,” visit NiobiaBryant.com, her Official Facebook Fan Page, and Twitter.com/infiniteink.

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Mistress, INC by Niobia Bryant (Tuesday, April 24, 2012)
Reviewer: melanie Adkins

Life can change in a heartbeat. It can also make you reevaluate. Jessa Bell was doing just that. She'd been through the ringer in the last few weeks and it wasn't getting better. Lying in her hospital bed watching the story of how her ex-lover tried to kill her and did kill himself, she realized something had to change. Right then she asked to speak to the hospital chaplain. Jessa knew change would be hard, but she was no stranger to facing hard facts. With her friends, ex-friends, shunning her and her neighbors watching her like a side show freak, she knew she'd be tested. Then, the unthinkable happens. Jessa is pregnant. The father? Her dead ex-lover. He'd killed himself and left her to deal with the fallout of their affair and now a baby? Jessa's mind went back and forth on whether to have the baby or not. She finally realized she couldn't give up her baby. Could she change? Would the world allow her to become someone different or would they always paint her with the same brush?


Mistress, INC is not what you are expecting! It's spiritual message is well placed among the life of one Jessa Logan Bell. Funny, tough and full of 'aha' moments, you're gonna love this book and will share it with friends. I enjoyed the way Jessa stumbled and then picked herself back up and kept moving forward. I found humor in the way she chose to reach out when things were at their most awkward. Well written and in down to earth language, I can't recommend this one enough. If you've ever known someone who was cheated on, or if you have been cheated on, this book will make you cheer at times. Other times the tears will be close.


I didn't find any issues.


I gave this one 5 out of 5 books because Jessa has a fighting spirit we all need.


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