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TILL YOU COME BACK TO ME by CHICKI BROWN
Till You Come Back to Me by Chicki Brown
Driven to make a difference in the lives of the injured and deformed, Atlanta plastic surgeon, Charles Stafford gives up his successful practice to work with a medical organization in Nigeria. Awaiting him at the small village hospital is the beautiful and compassionate nurse, Adanna Okoro, who is everything he has ever wanted in a woman.
Adanna has returned to her homeland after graduation from a London nursing school. Her two desires in life are to help the sick in her nation and to marry a smart, motivated man. Charles enters her life like an answer from heaven, but cultural differences separate them. Adanna must choose between tradition and the man she has come to love.
Coming June 1st to Amazon Kindle.
Till You Come Back to Me by Chicki Brown
The atmosphere in the restaurant, the delicious meal and the six men who were totally focused on her words almost made her forget that other diners in the room were staring. She knew good and well what they were thinking–that she was hired to entertain a group of foreigners. So many Nigerian girls were forced into prostitution by greedy men who took advantage of their economic desperation. The prettiest and most skillful of them worked the upscale hotels and nightclubs, and Adanna knew the people watching assumed she was one of them. But there was nothing she could do about their presumptions. Besides, she was enjoying herself too much to be concerned.
“Those were some of the best prawns I’ve ever eaten,” Charles said, wiping his enticing mouth with his napkin. “Would you care for dessert?”
The light touch he gave her hand sent a shiver up her spine, and judging by the way his gaze darted to hers, he’d felt it too. “Thank you. I think I will. I’m a card-carrying chocoholic.”
He signaled the waiter and asked for a dessert menu. She ordered the Mississippi Mud Pie while he chose the New York Cheesecake. The others did the same, ordered after dinner drinks, and continued their conversation. Adanna couldn’t recall when she’d had a more pleasant evening, but it was time for her to leave. She didn’t want to leave Femi with the baby for too long.
“I hate to run out on you, but I convinced my flatmate to babysit Chichima tonight so I could join you. It’s getting late. I’d better head home. Thank you for a lovely evening.” She stood and reached for her purse.
Dr. Cervantes rose and so did the rest of the men. “Thank you for educating us, Adanna,” he said.
“Yes, we appreciate your insight,” Dr. Lindstrom added. “I guess we will see you in the morning.”
“You will. Goodnight, gentlemen.” A more powerful shiver shot through her when Charles placed his hand on the small of her back and escorted her to the entrance.
“I’ll walk you to your car. Are you in the lot?”
He smiled when she said, “Yes, I’m the blue Peugeot.”
They walked outside into the warm evening air. “I could really use your advice on where to buy a car. The van and driver are only to be used to go back and forth to the hospital from our apartment. Since I’ll be here for three months at a time, I’ll need a way to get around.” He stopped beside a car. “Is this you?”
Adanna nodded. “I’d be glad to. Maybe we can talk about it at lunch tomorrow.”
He smiled again and closed the space between them. She gazed at her feet to avoid looking directly into his eyes for fear of being hypnotized. “I enjoyed this. Could we do this again soon, just the two of us?” He leaned in and ran a finger across her bottom lip.
She held her breath, stunned by the action and the question. Was he asking her for a date? That’s certainly what it sounded like. Her answer came on the breath she finally exhaled. “Yes, that would be nice.” She unlocked the car door and got in hoping she hadn’t sounded like a breathless ninny.
Shades of Romance Magazine 2011 Author of the Year, Chicki Brown has published nine novels and one novella, all of which have made different Kindle bestseller lists. A voracious reader since she was a child, Chicki grew up in New Jersey reading everything she could get her hands on. Now she concentrates on reading romance, women’s fiction and suspense. When she is not writing or reading, Brown devotes her time to helping aspiring authors.
Mother of two and grandmother of five, Chicki was born and raised in New Jersey and now calls suburban Atlanta, Georgia home.
Links to Chicki’s website, blog, books, etc.
Amazon Central Author Page: http://amzn.to/l2kjXQ
**SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Chicki will give away an e-copy of the first book in her series, A WOMAN’S WORTH, to one lucky reader who comments on her Monday Interview or Wednesday Book Bench blogs. Don’t miss this chance to read this story. Thanks, Chicki, for sharing your story with us!