Life has never been worth living for Charisse before her father died. After three attempts to kill herself were unsuccessful, she makes a deal for release from hell on earth, with one of the people who made her life what it was.
It wasn’t until Chyna finds out that her husband, Parker Mills was having an affair with her twin sister, Cheyenne, that she realizes she’s losing the best thing she’s ever had. Feeling the ultimate betrayal by her own sibling, Chyna knows she has to do whatever it takes to keep her husband and give him what he longs for – a baby. Knowing that she’s unable to have children and Cheyenne is afflicted with the same condition, she decides to go to the only person that can help her save her marriage – her younger sister, Charisse.
In the end, one sister will die, another will lose everything and one will get everything that she wants.
Read an excerpt:
“Spending fifty thousand dollars to produce off spring is crazy. Do you know what I could have done with that money? By this time, I’d have hundred college funds set up for you to donate to some third world child you could have adopted.”Frustrated, Parker sunk down in the chair in front of Jaelen’s desk. “Yeah, but it’s not the same and you know it, Jae. Look at you. Five kids. Five damn kids.”“Two are from my wife’s first dead husband.”“But you’re still a family. You have off spring. You have someone to carry on your bloodline and you’re sharing these moments with the woman you first fell in love with and married. I want that. I want to be you… well not all ornery and mean, but you know what I mean. I’ve been married ten years to Chyna and you weren’t even married to Kim before you were bopping out twins.”“Well, she raped me to get mine.”“Let’s not even go into that. I think you just harbor that over her just so you can take advantage of her.”Jaelen smirked wickedly. “It does make the mundane marriage very exciting when you can tie up your wife and make her beg for you. You should try it sometime.”“Chyna says it might mess up her hair and hands.”“If you can spend fifty on a baby, you can spend a couple of hundred– ““Let’s not go into this.” Parker really didn’t want to expand upon his wife’s shallow behavior.Jaelen took the hint, understanding in advance this was a sore subject for Parker. “So, this crazy sister-in-law, what’s her story?”“Nothing I haven’t already told you. Chyna says her sister is so pathetic she can’t even kill herself.”“How many times has she tried?”“This last time makes three.”Jaelen stopped what he was doing and frowned. “I’m not religious and all that, but she ever thought that it just wasn’t her time, and that she had a purpose in life.”“You ever thought you’re just saying that shit because you’re an ass and you’re trying to find some hilarity out of a bad situation?” He stood up.“So I take it you haven’t told Chyna about the boat?”Parker didn’t answer because he knew Jaelen already knew the answer. He was saving it for the moment when Chyna announced that they were going to have a baby. Knowing that they were going to dedicate eighteen more years together deserved an award and “the boat” was the key.Yet that moment hadn’t come and he was starting to think it never would. The majority of Parker’s friends were married and those that were had children, vibrant healthy off spring. Their blood running through small versions of themselves.
4.0 out of 5 stars ...brace yourselves for an emotional roller-coaster ride. February 26, 2014 Romance Novels in Color (USA) – See all my reviews
This review is from: His Substitute Wife… My Sister (Paperback)
Readers, brace yourselves for an emotional roller-coaster ride. From the beginning, I was curious about the characters I liked and those I detested. Enemies come and go, but what happens when it’s family? Do you avoid them like they’re an infectious disease or embrace them with love, forgive them and then move on? These are questions Charisse Sheridan had to figure out.Charisse’s life changed the moment her father died. Plagued with abuse, betrayal and lies; her joy, peace, and dreams were shattered to the point that breathing was no longer an option. After three failed suicide attempts, she found herself living with her sister, Chyna and brother-in-law, Parker Mills. My dislike for Chyna, as well as her twin, Cheyenne, was immediate. They were selfish, sinful and hardhearted, especially Cheyenne. Each sister had one agenda, and that was to use Charisse for their personal gain. After Chyna revealed a dark secret to Charisse, she agreed to help save her sister’s marriage but only for her own desire. Death. At one point the dialogue between Charisse and Chyna had me open-mouthed, and kept me turning page after page until the end.
The pain Charisse experienced growing up was delivered with excellence. I found myself rooting for Charisse’s wellness because she had so much love and wisdom to give but no one to share it with.
Lonely, duty-bound, and unsupported all described Parker’s marriage to Chyna; he was far from being a saint, but it was hard to grasp why he accepted being in a loveless marriage. My annoyance with Chyna’s selfishness peaked when she refused to stand-in as Parker’s assistant until he found a replacement. Karma has a way of forcing people to deal with their wrong doing and Chyna experienced it when Onyx Heart exposed her skeletons. Every word and plea from Chyna was heartfelt.
I understand why the author is known as the Cliffhanger Queen and I’m pretty sure you can imagine how part one ended, just when things were heating up. You will not be disappointed with a copy of His Substitute Wife…My Sister and don’t forget there’s part two, which is also available.
-Reviewed by LaMona
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, Breath Taking, and Page After Page Turning Novel!!!! December 14, 2013 By stephanie
If you thought Ms. Hubbard's other novels were page turners, then you will not be disappointed with this novel. I started this novel in one day and finished it in the same day. I was excited from the beginning to the end. The suspense, the drama, and the action kept me turning page after page. Ms. Hubbard really delivers in her novels. Just when you think you have figured everything out, she throws that curve ball in there, and you’re looking again for the conclusion. Like all of your other books, Ms. Hubbard, this one is a winner too!!. I can hardly wait for book 2. Congrats to you!!!
Book 2 also available!
Sylvia Hubbard knew she’d wanted to be a writer of romance long before she knew there were black writers in the world. Weaving stories magically as a summer past time to writing stories to get through the humdrum of school, she was able to create something from nothing.
Today, she has independently published over 28 books, is the founder of Motown Writers Network and The AA Electronic Literary Network, CEO of HubBooks Literary Services, runs over five blogs on a variety of subjects, host The Michigan Literary Network Radio Show and is a happily divorced mother of three children in Detroit, Michigan.
“I’m no superwoman,” she states with a smile that seems infinite on her lips. “I’m just being an asset in the world instead of a liability.”
Considered an addicted blogger by HoneyTechblog.com, nominated and recognized for her literary work in the Metro Detroit area, referred to as “A Literary Diva” by Detroit City Council and donned “Cliffhanger Queen” by her readers, she finds solace in speaking and educating on a variety of topics.
Author’s Website: www.sylviahubbard.com
Author’s Blog: www.sylviahubbard.com/blog