Naughtier than Nice
by Eric Jerome Dickey
Readers first met the McBroom sisters in Eric Jerome Dickey’s New York Times bestseller Naughty or Nice. In the highly anticipated sequel, Naughtier than Nice, we find out what happens on the other side of the fairy tale.
The lives of Frankie, Tommie, and Olivia (Livvy) haven’t turned out quite as planned. Frankie has a pair of stalkers. The life that Tommie had dreamed of having with Blue has become anything but perfect, and Olivia, despite her efforts, hasn’t been able to get over the psychological barrier caused by her husband’s affair in Naughty or Nice.
Frankie’s life has taken on an element of danger, and she calls upon Driver, an ex-con who first appears in Dickey’s Drive Me Crazy, to bail her out of a potentially life-threatening situation, but that is a secret she has kept from her sisters.
Tommie and Blue are now engaged, but due to something her more-mature love has done, the wedding is indefinitely on hold. As Blue and Tommie remain the perfect couple in public, Tommie has found herself physically attracted to a younger man. But that is a secret she has kept from her sisters.
Livvy is trying to recapture the adventure she had during her revenge affair. She is seldom intimate with her husband, Tony, but when she has relations with him, it is by her rules and under certain conditions—it has to be a ménage à trois. But that is a secret she has kept from her sisters.
Though the sisters are as close as any sisters could be, none wants the other two to know the dark secrets she is hiding. And during this season, all of the McBroom sisters are Naughtier than Nice.
★★★★☆ : Great! I liked this book!
The McBroom sisters Frankie, Livvy and Tommie, reunited after Frankie discovered that her fiance was already married to someone else. Mo, her cute nephew. was devastated when she learned she will no longer wear her Flower Girl gown. Her stepmom and Frankie’s sister, Tommie, also was having issues with her fiance, Blue, who see to be still holding torch to his ex-wife. Tommie, on the other hand, felt taken for granted so she thought of having an affair with a younger man.
And then there’s Livvy, still not over her husband’s infidelity. Just when her husband thought they were doing alright, Livvy demanded a three-some kind of encounter. How naughty can these sisters be?
I’m sorry I wasn’t able to read the first book in this series, but at least, most of the pertinent events were discussed here in this second book. At least I have an idea of the “what”, “who”, “when”, “why” and the “how” of the situations that the McBroom sisters were in. And one thing’s for sure, this family is definitely dysfunctional and interesting. Cheating, stalking, threats and death surrounded and followed Frankie, Tommy and Livvy and you can’t help but scream with Mo, the little child who got entangled in their messy, gritty life.
I’ve got mixed emotions during and after reading this book. You’d think this was a fun, quirky, Holiday read, but you’re mistaken. I had these various feelings, like disbelief, shock, dread and relief. Disbelief of the things that Tommie did, shock because of the kind of arrangement Livvy imposed with her husband, dread when Frankie’s and Mo’s lives were at stake and relief after finishing the book. Relief not because I was done with it, but relief because my assumptions about Frankie’s fate was wronged. Thank you very much.
‘Tis my first Eric Jerome Dickey book and I must say, it was quite entertaining! Cute little Mo’s my favorite among all the characters and she deserved this spotlight on her:
“I shook my head. “It’s my mess. Let me pull up my big-girl panties and be responsible.”
Mo said, “Auntie, you don’t wear panties. You wear a thong if you wear anything at all.”
Eric Jerome Dickey is the author of twelve novels, including the bestsellers Genevieve, Drive Me Crazy, Naughty or Nice, The Other Woman, and Thieves’ Paradise. Dickey writes full time and is developing a six-issue mini-series of comic books for Marvel Enterprises featuring Storm (X-Men) and the Black Panther.