"entertaining contemporary character driven tale"
Roxanne Steele knows her life has turned out NEAR PERFECT
as she loves her spouse and knows Jamal reciprocates.
Jamal's work as a professional football player has enabled
Roxanne to have financial security. The only thing Roxanne
lacks is a child though not for the lack of trying, but her
need has turned obsessive and caused a chink in her
relationship with Jamal.
Jamal becomes involved with stripper Honey Brown who
threatens him with a paternity suit. He does not worry
about himself but fears the impact on Roxanne if she learns
the truth, as all her previous relationships were filled
with deceptions, so that trust is critical to her. Tragedy
strikes when Jamal dies from a stroke. When Roxanne learns
about Jamal's indiscretion, she turns to her best friends
for solace and ultimately to her deceased spouse's teammate
Linc Weaver. As she recovers from Jamal's death and his
impropriety, she falls in love with Linc, but also finds
out he knew and wonders how she can trust someone who hid
the truth from her.
NEAR PERFECT is an entertaining contemporary character
driven tale. The audience understands what makes Roxanne
who she is with her high standards of morality and her
quickness to dismiss those who fail to attain and maintain
level. Fans of modern day relationship dramas will relish
Sharon Mitchell's insightful novel, but will appreciate the
cast more by reading the prequel NOTHING BUT THE RENT first
as the support characters become better understood, though
this book can stand alone. Fans will want more stories
starring the other members of the sisterhood quartet with
fewer gaps between publications.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted August 27, 2002