Best selling author Eric Jerome Dickeys
latest release, Naughty or Nice, is a witty, engaging story about the interrelationships
between the three McBroom sisters and their significant others. True to Dickey fashion, there is plenty of drama, plot
twists, and humor in their sordid escapades toward their search for love and acceptance. Each one, strapped with varying
degrees of emotional baggage, starts at different places along the love spectrum and recklessly jettisons headstrong down
paths of least resistance only to discover that true love cannot be rushed, forced, or squandered.
Frankie, the oldest sister, is financially secure
and after many years of relationship blunders explores Internet dating with varied (and often hilarious) results. Frequently
bitter and resentful of her rotten luck with men, Frankie projects a tougher than nails public persona but often sulks at
home in self pity. It is only when she wises up and unburdens herself from unresolved issues with a lost love and becomes
comfortable with herself that she is positioned to let love find her. Tommie, the youngest sister, physically
scarred and mentally recovering from an abusive relationship is learning to trust and love again by following her heart into
a nontraditional relationship with much older man with a small child. Lastly, middle sister, Livvy, is trying to rebound
from a very public and embarrassing revelation of her physician husbands affair and impending paternity suit. In a fateful
act of revenge, she embarks on a hot, steamy love affair with a beautiful stranger with tumultuous results.
Although the backdrop of the story is the festive
Christmas season, this component of the plot seems like an afterthought, as it adds no real value or relevance to the storyline.
Dickey is obviously riding on the coattails of his summer smash hit, The
Other Woman; however, this latest work may leave fans (old and new) a bit disappointed as it fails in originality.
The sisterly relationship is reminiscent of the sisters in the movie, Soul Food, and other themes in the book appear to be
mere regurgitations of premises already covered in The Other Woman, Between Lovers, and his other works with heavy use of sex scenes to carry the story
forward. If the lack of inventiveness can be overlooked, then those fans of the contemporary relationship novel will
be pleased, as all aspects of naughty jokes, nice dialogue, and tantalizing love scenes are covered amply.
Rating 3 out of 3 stars....