"A lovingly drawn depiction of Black family dynamics." —Publishers Weekly on Learned Reactions
A marriage lost is found again in this cheeky new romantic comedy from acclaimed author Jayce Ellis.
As executive chef at one of the hottest restaurants in DC, DeShawn Franklin has almost everything he’s ever wanted. He’s well-known, his restaurant is Michelin starred and he can write his own ticket anywhere he wants. Until his grandmother calls him home and drops two bombshells:
1) She has cancer and she’s not seeking treatment.
2) She’s willing half her estate to DeShawn’s ex-husband, Malik.
Make that three bombshells.
3) That whole divorce thing? It didn’t quite go through. DeShawn and Malik are still married.
And when DeShawn’s shady uncle contests Grandma’s will, there’s only one path back to justice: play it like he and Malik have reconciled. They need to act like a married couple just long enough to dispense with the lawsuit.
Once DeShawn is back in Malik’s orbit, it’s not hard to remember why they parted. All the reasons he walked away remain—but so do all the reasons he fell in love in the first place.
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Supposedly ex-husbands DeShawn and Malik get a second chance in this delightful queer romance from Ellis (after the Higher Education duet). The men haven't spoken in years; in fact, their only connection is DeShawn's ailing grandmother, who still thinks of Malik as family. When she makes a series of devastating announcements, including the details of her will half her estate is going to Malik and the surprising fact that the two aren't legally divorced because of an error with the paperwork, which was sent to her instead of them, the pair are thrown back together. It's immediately apparent that their separation was not due to a lack of love and, as DeShawn's family fights over Grandma's estate and Malik's siblings tussle over the struggling family restaurant, the pair realize they'll have to work together to solve their problems. Ellis brings plenty of fun by filling the story with food, love, and a couple of cute dogs, while simultaneously tackling the drama that comes from mixing complex familial relationships and money. With appealing characters, a believable plot, and a slow burning rekindled romance, this is sure to appeal to readers of both family dramas and romantic comedy.