Contemporary women’s fiction/romance author Chicki Brown has been featured in USAToday. She was the 2014 B.R.A.B. (Building Relationships Around Books) Inspirational Fiction Author and also the 2011 SORMAG (Shades of Romance Magazine) Author of the Year. Chicki was also a contributing author to the Gumbo for the Soul: Men of Honor (Special Cancer Awareness Edition).
Nia Forrester, Beverly Jenkins, Eric Jerome Dickey, Lisa Kleypas, J.R. Ward and Suzanne Brockmann are among her favorite authors.
A transplanted New Jersey native who lives in Atlanta, Georgia, Brown still misses the Jersey shore.
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About her book
The Stafford Brothers Series
The Stafford Brothers were born into a closely-knit family and raised and educated among Atlanta’s elite. But the six sons of one of Atlanta’s most successful doctors have not always walked in their father’s footsteps. Charles, Jesse and Vic, Jr. followed the medical path. Marc and Greg took different routes. Nick isn’t sure which way he wants to go. The brothers have challenges to face, secrets to keep and stories to tell.
Most Favorite Book Review
All too often, a family series seems like just an excuse to have a bunch of hot men all in one place, with essentially the same background, thereby relieving the author of the responsibility of thinking up varied backstories.Chicki Brown's Stafford Brothers Series is most definitely NOT that. She created quite a task for herself when she decided to have SIX (!) of them, and I won't lie, I was a skeptic of yet another family series, but with 'I'm Losing You' she more than amply proves that she can pull a family series off. Each brother, though handsome (this is romance, after all) is distinct in appearance, demeanor, and character. I have no problem distinguishing the sweetness of Charles ( Till You Come Back To Me ) from the granola-loving-tree-hugginess of Marc ( A Woman's Worth ) from the impulsiveness of Greg ( Don't Stop Till You Get Enough ) and now the steady soberness of Vic.
Hell, since there's only a couple brothers remaining, I think she ought to think up some cousins!
In 'I'm Losing You' eldest Stafford Brother Vic is at the height of his career, as Chief of Surgery at Atlanta's largest hospital and the only African American to hold the post. But Vic is also in a nadir in his marriage. His wife Ramona (or "Mona") is becoming increasingly disenchanted as Vic's hours at the hospital grow longer, and his time with her and their two boys grows shorter. If you read the other books in the series, you will recall Mona as the model-beautiful socialite who runs her family's life, and various charities with precision and grace. She is, if one does not know her well, a little catty, and apparently a little shallow.
But Chicki Brown wastes no time in piercing that facade by quickly allowing the reader to empathize with Mona by showing us that at heart she is just a woman deeply in love with her husband, and now, deeply lonely. All of the trappings of success that surround her are only satisfying when she and Vic are in a good place in their relationship, otherwise, she finds them to be of little interest, and not at all a consolation.
At a charity event, which Mona must attend alone because Vic is, again, otherwise occupied with his career, she attracts the attention of a twentysomething NFL player. And there is where the fun begins.To say more would be to ruin it for you, but suffice it to say, Vic does not respond well to this threat to his family. Mona, on the other hand, sees it as a chance to regain her husband's attention. But when the attraction this young man has to her goes beyond the physical, and he takes an interest in her opinion, Mona realizes something else that may be lacking in her marriage and goes about rectifying it in a surprising way.
This writer writes family dynamics very well. And I think what I enjoy most about her work is just that. Her characters remain consistent, the situations are true-to-life and not overly dramatic, the dialogue is realistic, and the the writing itself so smooth you don't even notice you're reading. I highly recommend this book, and the entire series. - Amazon review