Witty, sharply-observed, and warmly wise, Nita Brooks’ debut novel tells the heartfelt story of a suddenly successful single mother who finds her perfectly-designed, fame-bound life upended by a surprise from the past . . .
It wasn’t easy for Yvonne Cable to get over a heartbreaking relationship and revamp her life. But now the once-broke single mom is Atlanta’s most sought-after interior designer—and one-half of the media’s hottest power couple. She and her celebrity fiancé, Nathan, are a perfect, practical match, on—and off—camera. And with their new home improvement reality show the object of a fierce network bidding war, there’s no limit to how far they can go . . .
But Yvonne is stunned when mogul Richard Barrington III unexpectedly makes an offer for their program. He’s the man she thought left her for a more successful woman. And he’s the father of her son—though he didn’t know it until now. Richard wants to get to know their boy, and Yvonne agrees, though she’s wary. Yet little by little, she’s finding it hard to resist the responsible, caring man Richard has become. But when a scandalous leak puts everything Yvonne’s worked for at risk, she’ll have to look beyond surfaces to come to terms with who she is—and discover what she truly wants.
The Essence of Perfection
When Hollywood’s most sought-after fragrance chemist accidentally forwards her “List of Regrets” to a national news program, she abruptly becomes America’s poster-child for taking a second chance at life but admitting to some regrets can threaten her career and her family.
If a cosmetic company or celebrity wants the hottest new perfume they come to fragrance chemist, Nicola King, to mix up the scent. And when R&B superstar Lolita wants to launch her own perfume Nicola is ready to take the job. She’s at the top of her career, and a successful partnership with Lolita will be worth the social life she traded in for fragrance formulas. After agreeing to an interview on a popular daytime news program her list of regrets is accidentally forwarded to the producer. Putting her boring, take no chances, life on display to thousands of viewers. Now the anchor and her viewers are challenging Nicola to mark items off her list. Making Nicola America’s poster child for living her life like it’s golden. Striking things off her list gives her the opportunity to correct past mistakes and potentially find love, but just when she thinks living life to the fullest is worth the risk, her biggest regret is brought to light, threatening everything she’s built. Now Nicola must determine if her path to the top is worth the potential damage she left behind.