Marc Stafford is one of six Stafford brothers, a family of proud physicians that is part of Atlanta's Black elite. Except for Marc, that is. Marc is a bit of the family renegade in that he dropped out of school and became a personal fitness expert and entrepreneur. He's all about a healthy, holistic approach to the body.
Gianne Marvay is a school media specialist coming off the worst battle of her life. Ovarian cancer. The wounds are still fresh and she's months, maybe year's away, from being able to say she's 100% cancer-free. So she's not looking to complicate her already complicated life by getting involved with anyone.
Until she meets Marc, who all but stops her in her tracks and has her considering things she'd planned to give no thought to at all. Likewise, Likewise, it had been Marc's intent to get in and out of town for a family celebration with the least amount of family friction. If up to him, it would likely be another four years before he lays eyes on them again. But love has a way of smoothing over even the roughest paths...
It's been a while since I've read one of Chicki's books although I think I have them all downloaded to my Kindle. (I'll get to them faster, Chicki, now that I'm no longer doing book reviews.)
A Woman's Worth is Chicki's most recent release, the first in the Stafford Brothers saga. Six brothers, all tall, handsome and hunky. All doctors, but two, one of whom is Marc, the star of this story.
Marc and Gianne's story was touching in that I could feel Gianne's hesitation to get involved at the same time that facing and winning over cancer opened her up to try new things and take chances that she might not have otherwise.
And who doesn't love the family black sheep? Marc makes a great one, given he isn't a bad boy like many, but rather simply doesn't meet the mountainous expectations of his father. Readers will root for Marc because he's such a fine--and I do mean, fine--upstanding man just as they root for Marc and Gianne because Gianne deserves the happiness that the brings into her life.
As I get to know the city of Atlanta better, I can appreciate the way in which Chicki researches and incorporates her setting and details that give the story its extra deliciousness. There was a restaurant or two, that if they don't exist, they should as they had me wanting to check them out on my next trip to Atlanta.
While providing a meaty, enjoyable romantic story in A Woman's Worth, Chicki has set the stage for future books. There's twin brother Charles who is looking to make some changes of his own. There's the oldest brother, Vic, happily married to a somewhat insecure woman. There's Jesse, the jealous, also married, brother. There's Greg, the other non-physician, an actor in New York, and there's Nick, the youngest of the clan, still in school. Rounded out by black elite parents, Dr. Victor and Lillian Stafford, the Stafford family is an intriguing set of characters. It will be interesting to see where Chicki takes them.
Peace & Blessings,
Stay focused. Be deliberate. Believe.