LOVE LOST, LOVE FOUND
by Viveca Carlysle

December 2001
ISBN: 1-58314-171-5
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Mass Market Paperback
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As the title suggests, this is a story about love lost and then found again between the two main characters, Nia Sebastian and Brett Faulkner.


Nia had come home to Wyoming re-group after learning that the man she was involved with was already engaged to someone else. After her parent's death, she realized that she will never be truly happy if she doesn't go back to California and prove to herself that she can survive on her own and be successful. Besides, she misses L. A. and her mentor who has offered her a job as her assistant. Brett is not happy. He wants Nia to stay in Wyoming and marry him. They have known each other since childhood and shared a love of the outdoors and Falconry that Brett had hoped would keep Nia with him.


We next see them five years later, each a success in their own right, her as a financial advisor and he as a venture capitalist. After Nia left Wyoming, Brett went to NYU Law school where he became a corporate lawyer and also gained a reputation as a ladies man. Nia, meanwhile, had gone back to California and eventually married and then divorced Jared Schuyler, a wealthy member of the african-american elite.


The six-year age difference between Nia and Brett was not an issue, which I felt was a welcome change. Unfortunately, I lost interest in the story and never found my way back into it. The plot centered on the take over of the company of one of Nia's friends as revenge against her by her ex-husband Jared. A few times Nia and Brett felt themselves being watched, yet neither one of them made any mention of it to the other. I felt no sense of menace on either of their parts. I felt no passion. I was not given enough of a reason as to why these two people were even attracted to each other. I wanted to know why they were together. They spent more time apart than together, even in the same room. When Nia's mentor is murdered, instead of this bringing them closer together, they seemed to be further apart, yet they professed to love each other and were talking marriage.


Between the take-over plot, the supposed romance between Nia and Brett, and the ex-husband and ex-mother-in-law from hell. I was lost and really had no desire to find my way back in.


I have great hopes for the BET line of romances for African-American women. Unfortunately, this is not one of their better efforts.


Reviewed in January 2002 by Carolyn.

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