A Man Like Richard by erroline

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Main Characters

Richard: I was married to Maxine for a number of years. When we first met, I never knew she was hiding so much from me. Our life together started out with a lot of smiles and laughter, but after numerous miscarriages, she began to mentally crumble. That's when I was forced to hire psychiatrists; none of which were able to help her.

I had given Maxine my life and oftentimes she wanted to take mine away from me. I desperately needed an outlet and that's when I met Basics. She was able to temporarily take years of frustrating circumstances off my mind and helped me to keep the little bit of sanity I had left. Though she is a beautiful woman, our relationship was strictly Platonic. Of course, she would find ways to try to seduce me. But I remained faithful to my vows. Basics didn't care for that at all, but she understood my position as a married man and tried her best to respect it.

I couldn't tell Maxine about my new female friend, but because of her keen sense of smell, she found out anyway. My carelessness caused me a great deal of discomfort due to Maxine's insecurities, and that's why the need to see Basics more often was becoming a habit I didn't want to break.

While life for me became one big headache after another, I learned some disturbing news about Maxine that shook my world; something I'm sure no man wants to learn about the woman he loves.

Maxine: People say I’m crazy. Even so, was I delusional when I smelt another woman’s fragrance on my Richard?

Basics: Am I the other woman? Let me see here. Ah, yep. Well, that’s what Richard’s wife thought. But really, we were just good friends. Nonetheless, whenever Richard and I were alone, I would get this urge to sexually tear him to shreds. But he was so faithful to his marriage that I was the one taking the cold showers in the middle of the day.

Troy: Listen. Thanks to my mother, my birth certificate says that my real name is Destroy. You see, I come from an extremely dysfunctional family. But hey, I’m sane. Okay, maybe a tiny bit of their ways got into me. Anyway, Basics and I are best friends, and I was fortunate enough to go with her on vacation to the Turks and Caicos Islands where I met Marcus. I was engaged to this other guy who decided to sleep with my sleazy cousin and who still thinks that I should forgive and forget what he did to my heart. Well, my trip to the islands proved to me that I didn’t have to sit around letting my aching heart put me into a coma. Instead, I fell in love with Marcus and we are practically inseparable now.

Marcus: I’m Richard’s only sibling, and I know my brother pretty well. So, I know he won’t say it like this, but, Maxine is a bona fide psycho. Then, strangely enough, I’m a divorce attorney by profession; yet, I couldn’t keep my ex-fiancée from seeking the affections of another man. But that’s okay. Don’t feel sorry for me. You see, that left me vulnerable and available to fall in love with Troy. This lady have her hooks in me so deep that if I move ever so slightly, I truly believe that I would bleed to death.

Secondary Characters

Do you know anyone that reminds you of Richard Pryor? Come meet Uncle John
Do you know anyone that reminds you of Tyler Perry’s Madea? Come meet Momma
Do you know a brotha that’s on the DL (down low)? Come meet Leonard
Do you know a conniving young lady that enjoys draining unsuspecting men of their money? Come meet Eboni
Do you know any guys whose make-up and wardrobe looks better than a woman’s does?
Come meet Snow Black and her Ninnies

Do you know a man with a good woman but decides to sleep with one of her family members and now who can’t face the fact that his woman has left him and refuses to forgive him? Come meet Frank

Do you know of a little girl that’s too young to be a busybody? Come meet Tasha Burling

Do you know a black nerd? Come meet Vernon

Do you know a dysfunctional family? Come meet Mr. and Mrs. Benison

A Man Like Richard is a complete and compact book that does not leave the reader hanging at the end of the story.

You are invited to step into the pages of this book and feel like part of its charactership.

If you enjoy reading about characters who can make you blush, smile, laugh out loud, and sometimes yell at; a book that give you reasons to find a quiet corner so you can find out what’s going to happen next; eager to share with others what you just read; if you like books with drama, suspense and humor, then this is the book for you.

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