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by Ursula Renée
The Wild Rose Press
SUMMARY: The Big House's “Coloreds Only” policy makes the club popular with Harlem residents. The same policy makes it harder for the owners to find and retain musicians. After four weeks of listening to saxophonists with bigger dreams than talent, the owners are ready to hire the first person who walks in and plays “one good note.” Their words come back to haunt them when Randy Jones auditions. Many of the employees are not thrilled when Randy breaks the color barrier. He does find an ally in Cass, the club's sassy singer, who goes out of her way to welcome him. Offstage, Cass Porter looks like a teenager, but when she sings she’s all woman. Inside, she’s been hurt badly and has determined never to love again. As their relationship develops, life at the club for Randy becomes complicated when he has to fight both Cass’s fear of opening her heart and those who want to keep them apart.
He reminded her of a banana. A long, fat, overripe banana.
Cass tightened her stomach muscles to quiet a growl. She would have found the comparison amusing if she had not forgotten to pack a lunch on the same day she skipped breakfast. Back -to-back auditions had prevented her from grabbing a bite from the corner diner. With no hope of satisfying her hunger anytime soon, all she could do was dream of food as she watched him swagger onto the stage dressed in yellow wide-legged pants, matching broad-shouldered long coat, and a black shirt.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ursula Renée writes historical romances and suspense. When she is not writing, Ursula enjoys drawing, photography, and stone carving. She is a PRO member of Romance Writers of America (RWA) and President of the Romance Writers of America New York City Chapter. She is also member of Mystery Writers of America (MWA) and Sisters in Crime (SinC). You can find her at www.ursularenee.com. Like her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ursularenee.author or following her on Twitter @Ursula_Renee. Her website is www.ursularenee.com.
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