cover image The Eternal Engagement

The Eternal Engagement

Mary B. Morrison. Kensington/Dafina, $24 (320p) ISBN 978-0-7852-2263-3

The prolific Morrison (Darius Jones) delivers another story full of betrayal, greed, and sex that will have street lit fans clamoring for more. Here, handsome high-school football star William Lincoln leaves his girlfriend Mona Lisa Cunningham for beautiful Katherine Clinton. Instead of attending college and trying to go pro, William is forced is forced to join the military. Before he leaves for Iraq, he proposes to both Mona Lisa and Katherine. Years later, Mona Lisa is married to a murderous, abusive, and greedy bounty hunter and high school friend, Steven Cunningham, who spends lavishly to attract her attention. After one particularly gruesome experience, Mona Lisa decides to leave Steven, only to discover that he has become dangerously obsessed with her. When both Katherine and Mona Lisa find out that William is alive (and suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder), trouble ensues, with deadly consequences for almost everyone. Though this page-turner strains credulity, Morrison's loyal readers will likely enjoy the melodrama, titillation, and thrills. (Aug.)