Nobody’s Business by M.J. Kane
The Butterfly Memoirs Book 5
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romance
Release Date: July 2, 2015
About the book:
Trevon Campbell’s world changed the moment his ex-girlfriend announced he was a father. Determined to make up for his past mistakes, he gives Trina what she wanted before their breakup, what feels like his soul, which means forgetting the woman he had a one-night stand with, the woman who stole his heart.
Kai Malone doesn’t want to play by her family’s rules. Instead of working for the family business, she became a firefighter. Being a female of multicultural descent, working in a field dominated by men, Kai focuses on her job to ignore the infidelity of her fiancé. Tired of his deceit, she gave in to a one-night stand with a complete stranger, someone she’d never have to see again…or so she thought. When tragedy strikes, their worlds collide, leaving them no choice but to deal with each other again. It doesn’t take long for them to realize the attraction that brought them together the first time is stronger than ever, forcing Trevon to make the biggest decision of his life.
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About the author:
M.J. Kane stumbled into writing. An avid reader, this once stay-at-home mom never lost the overactive imagination of an only child. As an adult she made up stories, though never shared them, to keep herself entertained. It wasn’t until surviving a traumatic medical incident in 2006 that she found a reason to let the characters inhabiting her imagination free. Upon the suggestion of her husband, she commandeered his laptop and allowed the characters to take life. It was that, or look over her shoulder for men caring a purple strait jacket. And the rest, as they say, is history. No longer a television addict, if M.J. isn’t reading a book by one of her favorite authors, she’s battling with her creative muse to balance writing and being a wife and mother. She resides in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia with her high school sweetheart, four wonderful children, and four pit bulls. During the day, MJ is a librarian, in her spare time she is director of a local writer’s group, or online connecting with readers and other authors. Other activities she enjoys include: creating custom floral arrangements, assisting her children in their creative pursuits of music and art, and supporting her husband’s music production business, 3D Sounds. MJ’s debut novel, A Heart Not Easily Broken, Book one of the Butterfly Memoirs, became an instant Amazon Bestseller in Multicultural Romance and African-American Literature and Fiction within hours of publication. It has also spent time on the African-American Women’s Fiction and African-American Romance Bestsellers lists. You can find MJ on social networking sites, sharing writing tips, talking about music, life, and family. She’s always excited to meet new people.
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Nobody’s Business (Book Four of the Butterfly Memoirs) is AMAZING! This story begins with a memory of the best night that Trevon Campbell has ever had. As he relives this memory over and over, confusion sets in. He doesn’t know whether to feel guilty, overjoyed, heartbroken or angry about his rash decision to have a one night stand with a woman who is intoxicating and mesmerizing in every way possible. When Trevon finds out that he has a two-year-old son from an ex-girlfriend, he decides that it is time to man up and put forth all of his effort into raising a mini me that he never thought he would have. After a tragic accident brings Trevon closer to this mysterious woman, they can either face the reality that they both screwed up royally and move on…or, they can turn it around and act like that one painfully wonderful memory never occurred.
I enjoyed reading about these two characters because their emotions were raw and imperfect. They both understand all of the mistakes that they have made in the past has brought them to a place in their life where happiness has yet to happen. But…it doesn’t mean that they have completely given up hope. Fate has a strange and miraculous way of bringing people together. Trevon’s confidence and strength are unwavering when it comes to his son, but these personality traits fly out the window with women. When all else fails, his son means the world to him and that made my heart ache for him to find his happiness. Kai is powerful and accomplished, but lacks what she desires as well. When she sees Trevon and his son, she can’t help thinking about her biological clock ticking at thirty five. Is she really happy with how her life has turned out or is there more that she has yet to experience?
In my opinion, this story is targeted to women of all ages. Nobody’s Business is beautiful and very well written. The author shows incredible talent with her descriptiveness, steady pace and complex characters. I really love how both characters have to dig under the skin, in essence to understand that a deeper connection may be there waiting for a chance. I rate this book with five stars due to it’s originality. It captivated my attention and held it throughout the entire story. I will need to go back and read the first three books.
M.J. Kane’s Top 10 Favorite Everything
1. Favorite color: Purple
2. Favorite candy: Skittles
3. Favorite flower: Magnolia
4. Favorite song: Stella by Andres Vollenweider
5. Favorite book series: The Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward
6. Favorite drink: Any flavor margarita
7. Favorite place to read: My bed
8. Favorite pastime: Driving with the sun roof open, windows down, and music blasting
9. Favorite game: The Sims
10. Favorite Food: A well grilled steak (hubby does them so well!)
I made notes about our encounter the minute she left. When done, my attention went to the restaurants décor. The location still had the layout of the older floor plans. The lighting was dim, seats worn, and decorations meant to be conversation pieces were dated. At the bar, older versions of flat screens three sizes smaller than what could be found in most restaurants hung above the liquor display shelf. How had this location missed the renovations? My boss would not be pleased. I was in the middle of making notes when a flash of baby blue caught my attention. I looked up, sat back in the booth, and shook my head.
“You’ve got to be kidding me.” Kai had entered the restaurant. I watched as she looked around the place while being escorted to the bar by the hostess. She was alone. Talk about deja vu. I watched as she slid onto a barstool. Unlike the last time we’d met, she wasn’t dressed up as if going on a date, but she still looked good. I wondered why she was here. Was she waiting for someone? Maybe that was the reason why she’d come dressed to attract the opposite sex at a one-year-old’s birthday party. She had other plans. Plans that were none of my business. I forced myself to stop watching her and focus on the work at hand. Where was I? Okay, the floors. They were outdated just like the wallpaper. The lighting needed revamped as well. I looked around. The wait staff uniforms were also behind. And as far as electronics…my attention went to the bar, but instead of guessing the age of the TV monitors, my eyes settled on Kai. She was still alone.
“Here’s your beer, sir. Can I get you anything else?” The flirty waitress stepped in the way, blocked my line of site to Kai, and flashed another smile. And what do you know, she’d undone another button. Annoyed, I looked past her to the bar. Kai nursed her drink and looked down at empty hands. She held no phone, so checking in on social networking or messaging someone wasn’t what she was here for. She had something on her mind. I’m pretty sure I had a clue what it was. “You know what, yeah. I think I’d rather eat at the bar. Looks like there’s a good game on.” Andrea’s eyes narrowed. Her whole flirt for a fat tip routine went out the window. “Here.” I dug in my pocket for a few bucks. No need to leave her hanging. “Thanks.” Her smile brightened a bit. “You can go grab a seat. I’ll make sure your dinner finds you at the bar.” My iPad and beer in hand, I headed for what was sure to be an unwelcome intrusion. I must be crazy. Kai’s attention was still on her hands so she didn’t see me when I placed my drink and iPad on the bar beside her. “Mind if I sit here?” Kai looked up, her eyes narrowing. “You’ve got to be kidding. Did you follow me here?” “No. I was here first, sitting in a booth in the back. Are you following me?” She rolled her eyes then flagged the bartender to get his attention. “Can I get an extra shot, please?” “Sure thing, Miss.” He grabbed a fresh shot glass from beneath the bar, filled it with clear alcohol, vodka, no doubt, then slid it her way. She dumped it into her drink, stirred with her finger, then threw it back, emptying the glass. “Can I get another one please? This time with two shots? Thanks.” My eyebrows rose. “Bad night?” She shot me a look of irritation.
“Trevon, what do you want?” “To clear the air between us.” I settled in on the barstool next to her. The look in her eye made me wonder if placing an empty seat between us would have been wiser. She turned those fiery dark brown eyes on me. “Ha! Why? I told you already, you don’t owe me anything, just like I don’t owe you, either. It was a one night fling. Period. We both lied about something. We’re adults. Move on.” Her attention went to the TV, tuning me out as if I didn’t exist. My jaw clenched, grinding my molars. How could she pretend she hadn’t felt anything that night? God knows I did. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t forget about it either. “I didn’t lie to you.” “Thanks,” she told the bartender sweetly when he set the fresh drink in front of her. She paid him before turning a hard gaze on me. “You told me you weren’t married and had no kids. I just saw you hours ago with a wife and son. I know how to do math, Trevon. That kid was at least two years old. We were together a few months ago. What does that equal? You had a son and lied about it.” “You’re wrong.” It was her turn to raise an eyebrow. “Trina is not my wife; she’s the mother of my son.” I raised a finger to stop her as she opened her mouth to speak. “I didn’t know about him until after you and I…met. So no, I didn’t lie.” She sat back and huffed.
“You didn’t know you had a son? What kind of father are you?” “The kind who’s living up to his responsibility now that I do know.” Disbelief was in her eyes. “Look, Trina didn’t tell me she was pregnant when we she left me, okay?” I drank my beer. “It wasn’t a good break up.” “Are they ever?” She sipped her drink. “What did you do?” I shot a glance in her direction before focusing on the television. “Cheated on her.” “Seriously?” I nodded, then took a long draw on my beer. Kai laughed, paused, then laughed some more. Irritated, I looked at her. “And this is funny because?” “Your girlfriend broke up with you because you cheated, yet you want to be pissed at me because you think I lied about Malik.” She pointed at me. “Pot. Black. Enough said.” I conceded. “You’re right. I was wrong. Honestly, I was pissed more because of who you were engaged to than anything else. Malik?” I scoffed. “I’ve known him log enough to know that he has a serious issue committing to one woman.” Her laughter stopped abruptly. I glanced over and saw an expression of pain on her face. “Sorry…I didn’t mean to─” “No apologies needed. He’s an asshole. I had my reasons for staying with him. I honestly thought he would change. I was stupid.” Unsure of what to say to that, I drank; so did she. “Your ex decided to tell you about your son. Why? She wants to get back together and do the family thing?” I stared into the nearly empty bottle, swirled it around a bit, then finished the contents. “Nope. He was sick…is sick. He has Sickle cell anemia. At the time he needed a bone marrow transplant. He was two years old.” Beside me, Kai gasped.
“There was a chance that he wouldn’t survive the procedure. Her conscience got the better of her and she decided to tell me in case he didn’t make it.” The revelation still stung, eight months later. Not a day went by that I didn’t wonder if I’d have ever known about him if it hadn’t been for the illness. “That’s messed up. How is he? He looked well.” “Great, actually. That’s the beauty of kids. They’re resilient. Don’t get me wrong, we still have to keep an eye on him. The transplant is holding, but he still has his good and bad days.” I looked over and noticed Kai studying me, a small smile on her face. “He looks just like you.” “Yeah, he does.” I forced myself not to stare and realized that I was sitting next to the woman I dreamt about last night. A woman who was unattainable because neither one of us were in the same place we were when we met. Yet for me, our encounter meant something. Apparently that night meant nothing to her. I forced myself to focus on that fact and let it be. I had a plan that dealt with providing the right kind of environment for my son to grow up in. Convincing Trina to give me a second chance was more important than the surge of hormones I felt from being in the presence of Kai. My goal in coming over to the bar was to break the tension between us. Our initial run-in at Andre’s house months ago didn’t give either of us much time to explain ourselves. Now that we had cleared the air, maybe we could be friends, or at the very least, be in the same room without being pissed. “Are you guys getting back together?” I took a moment to process the question. “I don’t know.” She sat back in her seat. “You don’t know?” “I want what’s best for Justin. If she’ll have me then─” “You’ll do what’s right his sake.” “Yes.” And because I still love Trina. Why did it suddenly feel as if I were repeating a mantra?
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