Book 2 of The Amorous Trilogy: Betrayal, sex and secrets: will the sisters find the happiness they deserve?
Cyndarella, Tavie, Denise and Vette have been best friends since junior high, there for each other through the ups, downs, triumphs and tears in their relationships in this sexy, multicultural romance story filled with passion, pain, and everything to gain novel. More
Betrayal’s Dust by Vina St. Fran
The follow-up to One Foot outside the Door
Setting: Michigan, USA; Jamaica
Cyndarella (Cyn) Bazzi, married seven years to Chaldean immigrant and international hotel broker, Bashar, and owner of advertising agency, Peachtree Productions. Three children: Nadia (7) and twins Zaid and Zahir (2). Daughter of Willa and Vernon Worthy and brother to Pete Worthy. Once dated Thad Mitchell.
Tavie (Octavia) Slade, teacher, single. Currently dating Jamaican Orville Kirkland, who used to be married to Geneva. Had a long-time relationship with Mack (Mackenzie) Dooley, who also hooked up with Geneva. Tavie is hoping that things will start moving towards commitment with Orville soon, but the shadow of Geneva hangs over her relationships.
Denise (Dee) Lincoln, creative director at Peachtree Productions. Married to Sean, one daughter, Marla (12). Now in her early 40s, Denise is currently receiving treatment for infertility as she and Sean want to complete their family. Sean, however, feels that Denise put off trying to conceive a second child for too long in favour of her career, which is causing tension in their marriage.
Vette (Corvette) Vern, the only White member of the group, she’s currently single but in a relationship with older man, Louis Burns. Has two adopted children, Carly (12) and Brent (11). Vette, a former model, owns a court reporting business. She is waiting on Louis to propose, and also has a troubled relationship with her mother, Tara, a surgical nurse, and was only reunited recently with her estranged father.
The ladies have been the best of friends since junior high, and meet regularly to share the tears and triumphs, the playfulness and passion, and the ups and downs of their relationships with their men.
When the story opens, Tavie is vacationing with Orville in Jamaica, his home island. She is feeling disgruntled as she needs Orville to make some kind of commitment to her soon. But try as she might, she can’t let go of her jealousy for Geneva, Orville’s ex-wife, who also dated Tavie’s ex-boyfriend, Mack. Geneva’s shadow seems to darken everything to do with Tavie’s relationships, and Tavie blames Geneva for the miscarriage of Mack’s baby that she suffered. But things do seem to be going in the right direction for her and Orville now, as he introduces her to his mother. Perhaps he will propose soon?
Back in Michigan, Cyn is at home with husband Bashar and their three children. Of the four ladies, Cyn is the one who appears to have got it right: she’s happy with her husband, recognizing that he has a need for control in their marriage, loves her kids and has a successful advertising business. Her friends look at her life enviously. However, they all know that Cyn’s happiness was hard-won; Bashar, her former high-school sweetheart, went missing in Iraq and it took Cyn many years of waiting to discover that he hadn’t abandoned her but had been wrongly imprisoned. There are still unanswered questions about what happened to Bashar in Iraq that lurk darkly in the background.
Denise wishes she could be as fertile as Cyn. Right now, she and her husband Sean are trying to complete their family and have a brother or sister for their daughter, Marla. But Denise is having trouble conceiving and Sean is angry with her, feeling that she left it too long, putting her career before their family. He suggests that they should think about stopping trying for a baby, and Denise worries that he’s not as committed to their marriage as he once was.
Meanwhile, Vette longs to be married like Cyn. Will her man of six and a half years, Louis, ever ask her to marry him? She loves him and is resigned that they will never have kids together, but how much longer should she wait? Her mom, Tara, never stops to referring to this unsatisfactory state of affairs, and telling Vette about her own colorful love-life.
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