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Trouble In Paradise
by Stephanie N Norris   

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Copyright:  November 2011

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Trouble In Paradise, it is a dramatic love story about a African American couple looking to move forward in their lives together. They are successful, engaged, and in love but they have a serious problem in the form of and ex girlfriend. She is someone who will not take no for an answer so a lot of drama ensues before the couple has a chance to get settled into their new lives.

  Victoria is thankful for a lot of things- Joshua, the love of her life, a career change that starts a new chapter, and a condo in the suburbs of Chicago Illinois. Her jaw drops when she opens the garage and finds a brand new Cadillac wrapped in a huge bow. She is ecstatic and ready for the next steps towards her future. This is Victoria’s fresh beginning.

When Victoria and Joshua start their journey things take a turn for the worse. Victoria finds out that her nemesis and Joshua’s ex, Danielle Shumaker has flown to Chicago to try to get Joshua back. Victoria is determined to win this fight, when she finds out Joshua has secrets of his own. Distraught, confused, and mad as hell she falls into the arms of another. When emotions run high and desire digs deep Victoria finds herself caught up in Trouble.

Victoria falls into the arms of another...(first encounter)

Greg opened the door to a huge condo on the upper east side of Chicago. “Wow this is huge,” Victoria said. Everything in the living room was white. “I’m guessing this is not a room you sit in very often.”

“No, not quite.” He gestured to another room.

Victoria walked in and admired the red and blacks, In this room the colors really pop off each other. There was a red modern rectangular couch sitting at the base of the wall, a black area rug with a red and black table sitting on top. There were black leather chairs with red throw pillows sitting opposite of the couch. On the wall behind that was a full bar, with bar stools and a fully staffed liquor shelf. “Nice,” she said.

“Make yourself comfortable.”

“Can I use your restroom?” she asked.

“Sure it’s the door down the hall to the right.”

She walked down the hall and into a huge room with an all-white grand piano with golden keys. Victoria caught herself standing over it lightly touching the keys. This room was even more magnificent than the others. Whoa, who was this guy? she wondered. She still didn’t really know what he did. He said he owned his own business but that could mean any number of things especially when it comes to black men. Hell for all I know he could be Tony Montana himself. Then all he would need to do is pull out the coke. She snickered at the thought. “What am I thinking?”

“Do you like this room?”

Victoria was startled; she hadn’t realized he had walked in the room on her. “Oh, um yeah it’s very nice.”

“Yeah, I had to hire a designer because I would’ve been seriously lost without one.”

“I’m sure,” she said. “Sorry for snooping, I couldn’t help myself, your place is so huge and spacious, there’s a good energy in here.” She walked toward him.

“No need to apologize,” he said closing the gap. “You can look around all you like.”

He was standing right over her now. She looked up into his hazel brown eyes, and what sexy eyes they were. “You have some beautiful eyes,” he said. He touched the side of her face. She was soft, her skin felt as creamy as it looked. He kissed her on the left side of her face, then on the right, then on the lips. She didn’t back away; he kissed her lips this time staying a little longer. She started to kiss him back and he deepened the kiss and put his arms around her. He put his tongue in her mouth and enveloped her in his arms. She started to tingle all over; oddly enough she started tingling in her ears, then her nose, then every other part that was supposed to tingle. She couldn’t believe she was feeling like this and she couldn’t seem to stop herself. His hands started to roam down her side and he squeezed her butt with a firm grip. He picked her up, being a reflex she swung her legs around him and he pressed her up against the wall. He held her arms up while he kissed, licked and sucked on her neck and chest hungrily. She heard him let out a low growl and it ignited a fire deep within her that she didn’t know she had. Damn, she thought. She was about to let out her inner animal when she heard a familiar ring tone. It was her phone. Shit, she thought.

“Wait,” she said breathing hard trying to softly but force-fully push him back. He slowed down but kept kissing her.

“You’re so sweet,” he said, “you taste sweet already and I haven’t even tasted from your garden,” he said in a low sexy voice.

“Shit,” she said. This man wanted to fuck her in his ani-mal form and she wanted to get in her animal form and let him. She always felt if she could be any animal it would be a panther, because they were sexy, black as night, quick on their feet and those eyes are so beautiful. He was still kissing her. Her phone had stopped ringing. They started back up kissing deeply and passionately and Victoria saw Joshua’s face. She closed her eyes tight and shook her head. I know this is not happening to me, she thought. Men get there freak on anytime they feel like it but when it comes to a woman. . . . She shook her head.

“You ok?” Greg asked.

She sighed. “We have to stop.”

He dropped his head then looked back up at her. “Are you sure?” he said kissing her again and again. Her phone started to ring. She shuttered. Greg was about to go pass the point of no return. He started down her chest and licked in circles on her lace bra where her nipples were. She started to squirm and breathe heavily. She started kissing on the top and side of his face. She let out a soft moan. She pulled his face up and they started to kiss again. Victoria could feel Greg growing in between her legs and she started to grind on him. Her phone rang again.

“Damn it!” she said. “Stop baby hold up.” He slowly let her legs unwrap from around him and she jumped down. She smoothed back her hair and made an attempt to straighten her clothes. “Um, I never did get to make it to the bathroom,” she said. He took a step back and pointed across the hall. “We cool?” she asked.

“Of course,” he sounded sincere when he said it.

She walked across the hall and into the bathroom. She closed the door and turned on the light. She washed her hands then splashed water on her face. She played around in her hair smoothing it back so it would look tamed. She had been through a lot in the course of forty-eight hours and it was starting to show, she knew she should get some rest. She wondered if coming here was a mistake. Yes she was mad at Joshua because all this drama was because he was still fucking his ex-girlfriend. “For six fucking years,” she scoffed, it was a complete joke.

She started to feel stupid for thinking she was in a committed relationship with a man who truly loved her. And all the while he had been cheating on her. She shook her head looking at herself in the mirror. “No, I’m not going to feel guilty, besides we’re not having sex.” She turned off the light and walked out the bathroom. She walked down the hallway and into the red room. She had nicknamed it already. There was a glass of white wine sitting on the table in front of the spot she had last sat in. She walked over to it and picked it up, taking a sip and looking at him. Who was she kidding, she had a feeling he would be rocking her boat before the end of the night.

Professional Reviews

Trouble In Paradise
" Trouble in Paradise" is the debut novel by Author Stephanie Norris. Victoria and Joshua have been together for six amazing years. They are ready for a fresh start in their lives when Victoria gets a new job in Chicago. Happily ever after right? Wrong! Joshua's ex, Danielle Shumaker, is determined to win back Joshua's affection by any means neccessary..even if it means flying to Chicago and confronting the woman who took him from her.
" Trouble in Paradise" was a great read from beginning to end. The storyline flowed together effortlessly and the characters were believable. There were a lot of twists and turns that I definitely did not see coming. There were a few editing mistakes but not enough to be considered a problem. There were a few unanswered questions so I can not wait for part 2 so I can get some answers! 4.5 stars

~Black Faithful Sister and Brothers Book Club~

Omg! OMG!
This book was OMG Great!!! Stephanie told a story that seems so real... I could not stop reading. There are twist and turns, up and down, and DRAMA wow!!! At one point I wanted to be written into the book so I can kick the ass of one of her Characters... The only thing I can add is this statement right here >>> "when Victoria finds out Joshua has secrets of his own. Distraught, confused, and mad as hell she falls into the arms of another." Is an understaement!!! I would defiantly recommend this book to any and everybody... I hope there is a part 2!!!!

is the grass truly greener on the other side?
this was an excellent debut for this author. i was hooked from the very beginning. each character was developed well as i was able to truly feel as tho i knew the characters. i felt bad for the main character, Victoria, all they way up to the very end when i thought she was being foolish. im hoping there will be a part 2 to this book because i felt that some things were left unanswered.

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