Ms. Knowles delivers an edgy, sultry and heart wrenching story about Jada and Cordell Lassiter whose marriage is put to the test when faced with adultery , deception and other hidden ghosts from their past. Jada Lassiter had it all; the family she had always dreamed for, a lavish home in the Bluffs and a promising career as a writer. But struggles with emotional baggage and abandonment issues that she has been harboring for years. Her husband Cordell, an ex Army captain who struggles with his choice to end his military career and has custody of his 2 children from a previous marriage; depends on Jada's success to boost his career as an aspiring businessman, but finds disappointment when he his forced to take a job as a sanitation engineer. When things begin to look more hopeful for the Lassiter's, their marriage takes a twist for the worse when the seven year itch takes over and Cordell has an affair with Jada's best friend, Jasmine. Jasmine is married to El, a local minister who happens to be Cordellís best friend. This betrayal takes Jada over the edge and she turns to alcohol, prescription drugs and she seeks healing in the arms local real estate guru and ex-NBA player Rodney Jamison. Will Jada and Cordell discover a way to rekindle the withering flame in their marriage or will they find love elsewhere?
Unexpected twists at the end of the story bring a superior novella to a satisfying climax and a lesson in Karma.
Itís something about military life that changes people. Soldiers are well trained to be disciplined. To be moral and uphold character in every aspect of their lives.
Integrity and character often has no place in the personal lives of the military family. In the civilian world, family comes first. Not in the military family.
Itís pure luck if the family came second.
Soldiers deal with leaving behind their families for days, weeks, months and on occasion years at a time. Spouses deal with the children, the house, and their careers and uncertainties of when or if they will see their spouse again. Stressful times lead to desperate measures.
Sex is the greatest stress relief. With a soldier away, it leaves nothing but time and opportunity for the spouse to play. If you have ever watched old episodes of Payton Place, itís a reenactment of military installations across the world.
Over half of all military spouses and soldiers cheat. These affairs have resulted in physical assaults, pregnancies, and sometimes murder.
Having an affair was the norm on a military base. I can even go as far as to say, itís so common that if you are not, people begin to wonder why. Cheating was very much normalized.
Take the Military Wives Code Club for example; when husbands were away and the wives had a lover over for a rendezvousí, they would signal each other of their loverís presence by hanging a mop on the balcony. Once one of the wives get word that the husbands had returned from deployment, they would call that woman on the MWCC roster and give her heads up so she could get her lover out of the house.
Iíd never seen so many naked asses and dicks hanging running out of military quarters in my existence. All races, colors and creeds. I was an active member in the MWCC. The military base is a smorgasbord of men and women from all walks of life.
Close your eyes. Make a choice. Enjoy the ride.
Military men with rank on their collars and plenty money in their pockets was heaven to a young girl barely out of high school or fresh out of college. With all of their expenses covered by Uncle Sam, what else did they have to spend their money on but me?
The game changed when I met Cordell. What Cordell and I had was different. So I thought. Never in a million years would I have imagined the day when we would not be together. I never thought heíd change.
When he left the military, things were suppose to get better and less complicated. We have had our share of problems as any other married couple. But, this situation may be too much too handle. Things have gotten out of hand. Dangerous.
Love is a powerful emotion. One that can have you doing some crazy shit, all in the name of it.
As I look back, I guess I had it all coming. All the shit Iíve done in the past has caught up with me.
Karma has a way of catching up with you. Karma is defined as the total effect of a personís actions and conduct during the successive phases of his or her existence, regarded as determining his destiny.
What ever circumstances you are encountering now, is a product of your previous actions and what a person does today will affect what happens tomorrow.
If you do not believe in Karma, after this story you will come to realize many things. Mainly, what goes around really does come around.
Many write to me for advice. The best advice I can give is this. When it comes to sex, lust and love, you have no friends. Ladies, keep your girlfriends away from your man. Men, keep your boys away from your woman. That same person thatís skinning and grinning up in your face can be the very one scheming and practicing ďThe Takeover.Ē If you ever have a gut feeling about anything, trust your instincts. They are usually right.
Real friends will understand the game. And it is truly all game but ultimately, itís about who wins. Remember, what you do unto others, others will do unto you; itís not right but itís real. Karma is a never ending cycle that ends in destruction.
The karma began in my life when Cordell left his wife and I left Jamal.