The long-awaited return of Single Ladies is nearly here, but we have a special treat for hardcore fans of the scripted series, an e-book series written by New York Times bestselling author Ashley Antoinette. The series is set between the finale of season two and the premiere of season three and focuses on the individual lives and loves of the show’s leading ladies. Today we bring you an exclusive, free excerpt from the first book in the series which is all about April‘s story and is entitled No Sex In The City, which you can read below.
April eased her way through the crowd, distraught, her eyes dancing around the room. Who could he possibly be meeting here? she thought. Please don’t let me be walking into what I think I’m walking into. Her mind raced and her wounded heart beat frantically as she maneuvered through the sea of people, rather, the sea of men around her. Her search for Reggie seemed futile. In a room full of men it was almost impossible to find him. She watched in horror as she passed two men kissing passionately by the bar. Their bodies were chiseled like the statues of Greek gods and they were undoubtedly two of the most attractive men that she had ever seen. I can’t compete with that! she thought as she pushed her way through the crowd, on a mission. April was looking for confrontation and she couldn’t wait until she stumbled upon it. Reggie was gay. Why the hell else would he be here? No, there was nothing wrong with it. No, she wasn’t homophobic, and yes, she did have gay male friends. Yep, it was cliché, but hell it was true. I love gay people! Just not gay boyfriends!
April was the most accepting person on Earth, but Reggie was supposed to be her man. Her boyfriend! While he was whispering sweet nothings in her ear, he was hiding a secret lifestyle. April’s temper was on ten and she was ready to go boom. The fact that Reggie was gay was a slap in the face. Am I not good enough? Is he bi? Is he using protection? A mixture of fear, confusion, and anger pulsed through her but behind it all there was the familiar feeling of loss. After losing her husband April had never thought that she would love so deeply again, but meeting Reggie had turned her outlook on love around. She had fallen for him, quickly, and he reminded her of how it felt to be someone’s everything. After a nasty divorce and a public scandal, Reggie made her feel accepted. This newly discovered betrayal was the ultimate deal breaker for her and it made her doubt everything that they had built their relationship on. The foundation was shaky and she felt that the winds of life were about to blow it down.