This book was a requested read by the author, and I was more than happy to read this nicely told story which was in fact, her first book. Fortunate was a well-developed story with a variety of characters readers could sink into and enjoy the dialogue.
Ayda Forde was described as a 5’8 plus-sized woman who was a member of one of the wealthiest families in the US. I saw her as being plus-sized, but Ayda did not appear more substantial than a size 14, based on the way the author spoke about her physical appearance. It’s refreshing to see all sizes being represented in love stories now.
Tremaine Henley was described as an extremely tall good-looking man with a fit body, impeccably dressed, with an excellent presence both physically and ethereally. Tremaine was a single father of a cutie pie 4-year-old daughter named Sasha. Sasha’s mother was an absentee commercial model who was flighty and self-absorbed. Sasha was a little sweety. She melted my heart the way she pronounced specific words. Breafist, for example- instead of breakfast, and the way, she pronounced Fettuccine Alfredo. She always tried to self-correct her mispronunciations. That was hilariously cute. The way the author incorporated her into the story was nicely done.
So, let’s talk about how this couple met that fateful day. The clouds clapped, and thunder roared that day… Ha ha! That sounded nice. But anyway, Ayda and Tremaine met in a coffee shop they visited each day. Tremaine had lusted over Ayda for a month before they officially met. Sasha accidentally bumped into Ayda, and the two made one another’s acquaintance. Adya spoke, but because Tremaine could not believe his luck, he was awestruck and was unable to find a single word. In a short while, Tremaine and Ayda would have the chance to work together on a project and at the same time, move their relationship forward in the direction of love.
Tremaine was promoted at work, so he would have to make a precise plan to accommodate his new love, and spend time with Sasha. He’d met Ayda’s family at a dinner fundraiser Spring Affair a few weeks after they’d started to date. Her brother Marcus was the snob of the evening, whereas her brother Dwele was easy going. Other than meeting Sasha, Ayda had not met any of his family members. The thing with her parent’s relationship was skimmed over, but it was clear something was going on there. Hopefully, the author will address this in the next story.
A few times I wanted to call Tremaine out about how quickly he always called his brother Quentin to get answers to relationship questions. Okay…did I mention he was supposed to be this infamous love-them and leave-them guy? How could he be out of touch in just four years? Also, he was withholding information about his baby’s momma Trinity. This information will prove to be a volatile issue in their relationship. Also, Ayda had been involved in an abusive relationship with a man of wealth and power named Aaron, yet he was half the man as Tremaine. Her family had no knowledge regarding the actual reason she left Aaron. This relationship changed Ayda in a way in which she became a hit-em and quit-em woman. How ironic, both of them appeared a bit naive for so-called free-spirits.
So later on, she and Tremaine began coupledom, and both were able to see what real love looked like. Their sexual encounters were well stated and were hot and heavy at times. It was easy to feel the love emitting from the couple. Tremaine was passionate, patient, and loving. Ayda was sexy and equally as intense. Trinity was the crescendo in the story that led to the misunderstanding in Ayda and Tremaine’s relationship, as expected in a romance novel. Some stuff always happens before the reconciliation. Both family members and the ancillary characters added to the uniqueness of this story. The love and connection between the couple were highly visible. I enjoyed this story immensely. It was even more pleasing because this was an amazing first book, Bravo Ms. Blair! 5 Stars.