Soulmates Dissipate

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Beautiful fashion photographer Jada Diamond Tanner finds a soulmate in handsome Wellington Jones, and as the two fall madly in love, they are faced with unexpected obstacles, forcing Jada to learn some painful lessons in love, trust, and fidelity and causing her to realize her inner strengths and discover the courage to be happy with or without the man she adores. 25,000 first printing.

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This originally self-published novel replete with confusing point-of-view shifts, buppie stereotypes, clich‚d phrases, improbable plot lines, shallow materialism and perplexing descriptions ("Unexpectedly, her twenty-six-inch waist moved forward. Her shoulders and thirty-six-inch hips jerked backward, in unison"), and a penchant for italics barely reaches the amateur level. Morrison (who quit her 18-year government job to become a writer) starts off with an adequate premise: Jada Diamond Tanner, a flashy, sexy, high fashion photographer, has found her soul mate in Wellington Jones, a wealthy financial adviser with a sparkling personality and a mysterious past. The two share a passion for great sex, but the steamy scenes read more like hardcore porn than a showcase for romance or eroticism. Enter Melanie Marie Thompson, another sexy fashion photographer, who has her heart set on marrying Wellington, despite his already being engaged to Jada. The author is unable to play out a credible story and instead cobbles together unlikely scenarios. Would independent, possessive Jada, who really has the hots for her man, honestly consider a three-way romp with Wellington and the scheming vixen whom she knows is after him? And would Jada's jealousy truly play a major role in Wellington's decision to marry Melanie? Melanie is nearly killed in a car crash, forcing her to have a miscarriage, conveniently freeing Wellington from his commitment to her. There's also a subplot involving Wellington's scheming adoptive mother, and the book's inconclusive ending threatens a sequel. Morrison adds insult to injury with a "poem," a discussion guide and a primer on how to find your very own soul mate. (June)Forecast: Literature dissipates; so do sales.

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From the beginning of their relationship, Wellington and Jada know they are soul mates. Wellington Jones is the adopted son of socialite parents who belong to all the right clubs and associations and reared him to be financially savvy and independent, and fashion photographer Jada Diamond Tanner is the daughter of parents who taught her to be independent. But for Cynthia Jones, Wellington's mother, Jada isn't a socially acceptable daughter-in-law, and she manipulates her son by inviting an old family friend, bright, beautiful, talented Melanie Johnson, to be a houseguest. Melanie eagerly accepts Cynthia's challenge and determines to win Wellington from Jada. The soul mates then find their love tested beyond their wildest dreams, forcing them to make decisions about their relationship and the future. This story has enjoyed enough success as an author-published paperback to encourage Kensington to think it will be a hit in hardcover, too. Lillian Lewis
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