"engaging boardroom romance"
In Lafayette Parish, Louisiana, family and a few employees
attend the funeral of Hosea Summers, CEO of a security
systems firm, a person, known for his caustic Don Rickles
like personality. Whether he did this to keep his business
afloat long after his death or as a final insult to his two
adult children and his number two person Marcus Reed, he
shockingly names his niece Nicole as chair of Summmers
Security. The deceased's angry adult children, though they
inherit a fortune, will protest the will. Because of their
attitude and the belief by her father and other uncle that
she is incapable of doing the job, Nicole reluctantly
agrees to take charge.
Nicole moves to Houston where she meets doubt from the work
force, opposition from the board, and animosity from her
male cousin. She also finds herself attracted to Marcus
who reciprocates the feeling as he finds her intelligent.
However, someone is using the security systems to steal
from clients, placing Nicole in trouble if she fails to
uncover the identity of her adversary.
This engaging boardroom romance stars two delightful
African-Americans and an eccentric support cast, whom
readers will cherish. Though Nicole's successful move
right into top management (with no supervisory experience)
seems stretched; fans will enjoy her efforts as the CEO.
Marcus is an intelligent hunk and though his street loyalty
to a friend hurts the business and his relationship with
the boss, fans will value highly his devotion to his pal
and to Nicole though the dualism pulls him in different
directions. Fans of contemporary tales will want to read
Lynn Emery's fine tale.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 24, 2003