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Some promises were just made to be broken...
Don't go there. The stylish, toffee-skinned beauty with the flat tire looks like the kind of uppity city girl L.J. Saunders has sworn to stay away from--even if she does have sass, smarts and legs to rival any Las Vegas showgirl. But L.J. was brought up right, and no gentleman would leave a lady stranded...
Look but don't touch. Autumn Nicholson has made some promises, too. No flings until she's sure it's the real thing--especially not with a luscious, hard-muscled hunk who'll be leaving D.C. in a matter of weeks.
But when fate, well-meaning friends and a sizzling, sensual attraction intervene, L.J. and Autumn may be in for a change of plans!
Autumn was punching in the 1-800- number for Road Side Assistance when the crunch of tires on gravel reached her ears. She peeped out the back window just in time to see a dark-skinned man step down from a dilapidated truck. The battered vehicle looked like it had been submerged in a pool of mud. The colour, and make were unrecognizable and although Autumn tried, she couldn't decipher a single licence plate number. The stranger wore an Atlanta Braves baseball cap, a white t-shirt soiled in dirt and equally filthy nylon shorts. He had a slightly crooked nose, which added to his mysterious aurora, a faint moustache and a powerfully built body. He had the muscled shoulders and the defined legs of a track star.
He's attractive in a handy-man sort of way, Autumn decided, eyeing him warily. She gripped her cell phone in one hand, and her car keys in the other. The man could be a serial killer for all she knew. Sure, he looked normal, but most serial killers did. Poised to dial 911 if the man made any sudden moves, she took baby steps towards the grimy-looking stranger.
Behind the veil of his grey Ray Ban sunglasses, L.J. checked out the smartly dressed woman moving cautiously towards him. Her white, fitted blazer and knee-grazing skirt were conservative, but the high-heeled, pointy- toed shoes were anything but. She moved towards him with a wealth of confidence and grace. L.J.'s eyes skimmed over her frame appreciatively. The woman had a pear-shaped figure and a perfect pair of legs. He had always been drawn to women with simple elegance and she was it. Her skin was the colour of lush, brown soil, her eyes of a much lighter shade.
"What seems to be the problem, Miss?" he asked, his voice coffee-rich.
Autumn's shoulders tensed. He had a faint southern accent and gave a slight nod when he stopped in front of her, but that didn't count for much. Psychos, rapists and serial killers could be polite too. What if he tried to assault her? Or snatched her necklace? With few options, and no help on the way, there was little Autumn could do. She was stranded and unless she was willing to hitchhike, which she wasn't, he was all she had. Besides, she was on a traffic-congested road. If anything happened, she could easily flag down a car. Positive she was in no real danger, Autumn conquered her thoughts. She smiled at the stranger. In an attempt to calm her nerves, she joked, "I have a flat tire and I don't know how to fix it because when my father was trying to teach me, I was too busy inspecting my manicure."
He chuckled, revealing a slim dimple in his chin. "Well, do you have a spare, Miss Manicure?"
"I think so, Mr. Mechanic." Much to Autumn's surprise, he burst into a hearty, laugh. She joined in. Clicking open the trunk and stepping aside, she said, "Hopefully it's in there somewhere."
Autumn watched him dig around in the trunk like he was playing in a treasure chest. She stared at his hands. It was hard not to. They were filthy. Her mother's voice echoed in her ears, You can tell a lot about a man by how he carries himself. Check out everything. His walk. His posture. Even his fingernails. Taking her mother's advice, Autumn surveyed the man before her. His thin, ashy fingers were covered in nicks and cuts, a faint burn mark was in the middle of his left hand and dirt was lodged beneath chipped fingernails. Mud marred his jaw line, but it was his wretched body odour that made Autumn's stomach jolt. Mr. Mechanic was in dire need of a shower and the strongest deodorant money could buy. For a half-minute Autumn thought of reaching into the trunk for the Glade air freshener and slinging it around his neck. The smell was that bad. When the stranger tossed her a backward glance and caught her eyeballing him, Autumn buried her eyes in the trunk and pretended to be aiding in the search.
"Here we go." L.J. pulled out a full-sized tire, a steel jack and rested them against the bumper. "Can you close the trunk?"
Autumn did. Then, looked on as the muscle-bound stranger wheeled the tire with one hand and carried the jack with the other. She watched with keen interest as he jacked up the car, and removed what was left of the tire without breaking a sweat. The sun beat down on them with no mercy, causing Autumn's anxiety to elevate with each passing second. Sweat trickled down her back, and her clothes were sticking to her body. The moisture between her thighs made Autumn long for an ice-cold shower. She swept a hand across her forehead, grabbed the roadside assistance brochure from off the passenger seat, and fanned wildly.
"You picked a prime time to get a flat," he said, as the blare of beeping horns rained down on them. Their cars were safely off the road, but heavy-footed drivers were forced to slow down as they approached the scene.
"I know and it doesn't help that it's the hottest day of April, either. I'm roasting out here." Her stomach let loose a monstrous grumble. Autumn patted her stomach. She had more problems than she knew what to do with.
L.J. glanced up, just in time to see her unbutton her blazer and fling it into the backseat. The sight of her alabaster lace camisole aroused thoughts of its softness under his fingers. He wondered if her toffee-brown skin was as smooth as it looked. She plucked her camisole, lifted her mid-back length braids off her back and rolled her head forward. The mindless act left L.J. grasping for air. He gulped down his desire as he rubbed the palm of his hand across his forehead. I must be getting really desperate to be lusting after marooned women L.J. thought, giving his head a good shake. But the sight of trim, shapely legs crossing just inches from his face seconds later, made his mind wander down the road of explicitly once again. He was definitely a legman and this woman had a pair that could rival any Las Vegas showgirl. He was so caught up in his appraisal of her physique that he didn't feel the wrench slip from his hands. The clatter, snapped L.J. back into the here and now. Smiling away his embarrassment, he retrieved the wrench from the blistering pavement and went back to work.
What Readers and Reviewers are saying:
Romance In Color (4++Stars)
The phrase “opposites attract” is true in this situation. The storyline is excellent, the pace is on point and the plot connects very well to the characters. It definitely keep you turning pages, anxious to see what’s going to happen next. The love scenes come toward the end and add fuel to the fire. The secondary characters bring the energy needed to keep the story flowing. Rashawn’s family is energetic; they definitely come from a different background and I could relate to their story. Yasmin’s family is articulate, educated, and caring; I enjoyed all of them.
I commend Ms. Yaye on an excellent read. LOVE T.K.O is a must read.
Amazon Reviewer, (5 Stars):
LOVE T.K.O is a refreshing novel that reminds us of what love is really about. Pamela Yaye does it again bringing two individuals from different world into a blissful relationship.
Dr Yasmin Ohaji is a South African beauty who is a popular marriage therapist who has worked herself into a place that romance does not fit into her life but when she meets Rashawn Bishop after he came to her rescue she finds herself fighting the temptations that he presents. Pamela Yaye had me rooting for Rashawn from the beginning of the book as well as wanting to see Yasmin happy. She brings back the idea of what a relationship should really be about and how a man should treat a woman. LOVE T.K.O is definitely one of my top reads this year.
The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers (4 Stars):
Pamela Yaye steps out of the box with the characters of LOVE T. K. O. She shows us without communication the knock out is inevitable. With communication one can stand toe to toe, complete the entire ten rounds with both opponents coming out victoriously.
While reading, I was yelling, and pulling for Yasmin and Rashawn because I could feel the chemistry between them the minute he stepped in front of her on page twelve. LOVE T. K. O. is one of my top twenty reads for the year.
HER KIND OF MAN
Romantic Times (4 ½ Stars):
Her Kind of Man (4.5) is well written, perfectly paced and contains characters that are real and likable. With just the right dose of humour and drama, Pamela Yaye's story compels from beginning to end. First-grade teacher Makayla Stevens is having a hard time dealing with 5-year-old terror Terrance Blake, and his high-strung mother is too much for her. Enter the boy's sexy uncle, Kenyon Blake, who Makayla has had a crush on since she was an overweight teenager. Kenyon is strongly attracted to Makayla, and concerned about his nephew. He works overtime to get them both past their fears and reticence about relationships.
SisterFriendBookClub (4 Sistah Hugs):
Wickedly naughty, erotic, hot, passionate, and juicy to the very last drop! For the hopelessly romantic, this book is for you. In this tale, a love affair emerges between two people who could not be more different. Her Kind of Man touches on a very sensitive subject: self-image. The main character, Makayla Stevens, was overweight during her teen years, and although she was a knockout by the time she met her prince charming, she still battled with some self-image issues. I truly enjoyed reading this book, and I would highly recommend it because it was ummm..ummm…good!
THE TROUBLE WITH LUV’
Barnes and Noble Reviewer (4 Stars)
'The Trouble with Luv', is the first novel I've read by Mrs. Yaye and it was quite an enjoyable read. I enjoyed the differences between Xavier and Ebony. And I just loved the way he had that foot and mouth disease, where he kept putting his foot in his mouth, by assuming the worse of Ebony and having to apologize BIG time. It was very endearing to watch them struggle with their desire. Yet, still they waited until they both knew the time was right to make that move towards intimacy. And when it finally happened, OH, MY...talk about HOT! Xavier and Ebony were as different as night and day, and yet when they were together they complimented each other spiritually, emotionally, mentally and definitely physically. This book once it got going was a page-turner with quite a few unexpected twists and turns. Looking forward to reading more from Mrs. Yaye.
OTHER PEOPLE’S BUSINESS
PeoplewholoveGoodBooks, (5 stars)
Other People's Business by Pamela Yaye is a touching, romantic story. It will make you laugh, cry, or just sit and shake your head. Join Autumn and L.J. as they find love in an unexpected place: each other.
OTHER PEOPLE’S BUSINESS by Pamela Yaye is a beautiful love story between two people that have had their share of bad relationships. Through the turmoil, they find each other and fall in love...even with all of the obstacles they keep running into. If you enjoy good romance novels and are not too keen on the sappy kind, then this book is for you. Pamela Yaye put a few tear-jerking moments in there, but she'll also have you talking out loud, yelling "Oh No He Didn't!" at times too. I would recommend Other People's Business to anyone who loves a happy ending.