I’m not sure I’ve ever actually met a “whole” person in my life, and I happen to believe that we can all give ourselves over to love even when we’re broken. And aren’t we all? Even just a little bit? The first time I tackled the ‘broken-and-in-love’ thing was with Tracy in ‘Unsuitable Men‘. Homegirl had some serious issues going on: knew she was beautiful but felt ugly, wanted a perfect man while knowing full well she was a very imperfect woman . . . But she still fell head over heels, deeper-than-the-ocean in love.
After her, I was hooked. And I did another broken character in ‘The Seduction of Dylan Acosta‘, and then again in ‘Secret‘. And now, in ‘Wife‘, there’s Keisha. Boy, is she ever broken. The things she’s done, the ways she’s undervalued herself–she should be a mess. And she was. Now, she’s beginning to put herself back together, and while she does so, maybe that leaves room to expose the ‘brokenness’ in the man she loves, Jayson.
As tempting as it was to write the kind of book where a “good guy” comes and rescues the “bad girl” from herself, I couldn’t do it. If you read ‘Mistress’, you know that there was no way Jayson wasn’t just a little bit broken himself, given what he’d been through, and furthermore, let’s face it, sometimes love is just the broken part in one person being drawn to the part of another person that they think will help them heal. I’m not saying that’s the healthiest kind of love, just that sometimes that’s just the way it is. And when that is how it is with a couple, how does it play out? When one of them begins to heal, and is a little less broken, what changes between them?
In ‘Wife’, that’s where I went with Keisha and Jayson. Expect no knights in shining armor from me. And no fair maidens either. I like the messy ones; the ones who’re broken. Hang with me a little bit–let’s see if they can put themselves back together.
Part I of the ‘Mistress’ trilogy.
Part II of the ‘Mistress’ trilogy.
No longer a mistress to wealthy, much older men, Keisha Crawford isn’t certain who or what she is anymore. But one thing she is sure of is how she feels about Jayson Holmes, the handsome-as-sin ex-con who gave her a reason–and the courage–to change. Jayson’s going through an identity crisis of his own. He wasn’t the kind the man who was supposed to wind up in prison, and now that he’s out, he’s serving a different kind of time—living in regret for all that he’s missed, the relationships fractured and opportunities gone for good.
Now Jayson needs to make some changes and build a new life. But when he does, he just may find that Keisha shouldn’t be part of it.