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I'd Rather Be With You (If I Can't Have You Series #2)

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  540 ratings  ·  76 reviews
From New York Times bestselling author Mary B. Morrison comes the sizzling tale of two friends and the provocative bet that forever changes their lives. Now, with their futures up in the air, who will play one vengeful game too many? And who will wish she wasn’t left standing?
I’m the wife Madison’s husband really deserves. Why won’t she let him go? Nursing wealthy business
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published July 30th 2013 by Kensington
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Kiera


Mary B. Morrison has done it again! I'd Rather Be With You is the much anticipated sequel to If I Can't Have You. When I got my book, I turned off my phone, & hung the Reading In Progress - Do Not Disturb sign on the door! What can I say about Granville? Something my grandmother used to say came to mind. As my Gramma would say, "That boy is three kinds of crazy?" You can't help but to feel sorry for Granville, because you find it impossible for someone to be that big a fool. He reminds me of
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Glori De Leon
I definitely have mixed emotions about this book. First off, Morrison does an amazing job with the characters. After reading, I'd expect to see news on Madison and Chicago on TV or read about their latest scandals in the paper. Definitely pure talent to be able to create such vivid characters that I've learned to like, dislike and absolutely hate. The book itself is centered around the scandalous lives of well-of people who want nothing more than money, love, sex, and scandal. I can't say that I ...more
African Americans on the Move Book Club
Centered on a male and female lead, I’d Rather Be With You is basically about a bet gone awry. Madison is every man’s fantasy and the envy of every woman, but her life takes a major turn when she decides to take a close friend up on a bet. Chicago is the man that every woman wants, but he had eyes for only one woman. The bet that Madison made could possibly turn his world upside down.
Mary B. Morrison uses first person to introduce readers to a host of characters that surround the two main chara
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Iris
Yes this was a page-turner; however, I didn't understand why Loretta's character has taken a 360 degree turn. For the most part, I enjoyed this 2nd installment of the series but some of the situations were a bit unrealistic. Hopefully, part 3 will be much better.
Vi Louise
This is the 2nd of a trilogy and while it still has page turner elements, I was confused with so many plot twists.
Loretta's character lost me near the end. I just didn't get her anymore. Madison's father's actions are over the top and her mother is unexplainable (to me). But I can say that about most of these crazy acting people. While Granville is definitely delusional, I was happy when he was acquitted (sorry spoiler). I just love the narrator's voice when he's performing Granville - I can see
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Nattie
I read the first entry into the series and was quite ashamed to admit I had. That book was actually a decent read, but it was ruined by an abnormal amount of foul language and nasty sexual descriptions.

Despite all that, I was still interested in finding out what happened to the characters. The first book ended without wrapping anything up.

I happened to see the second entry into the series at the library, so I grabbed it. I wish I hadn't.

The story wasn't very good, and it didn't have the humor th
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Yuri
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Lizzie Winns
This book was a continuation of 'I'd rather be with you'. It was full of twist and turns, it will have you shouting, talking to yourself and laughing.... The characters felt so real to me, like I can actually see this happening in real life,... I can't wait to read the next book in the series... Mary B. Morrison you did your thing...lol and loved it. I will be reading all your books now.
Ashley
I won this book in a giveaway on goodreads. I absolutely loved it. I was definitely confused about the bet and the characters for a bit. I highly recommend this book. A continuous trend in this book with the characters is that many of them are selfish and greedy. At some parts I felt sorry for Madison at other times I did not like her at all. Loretta can be a bit hard headed, but I realize that it is just jealousy.I don't like Johnny or his behaviour. He would rather have a thriving business and ...more
Ketwana Valentine
****SPOILER ALERT!!!!**** I would have given it 5 stars but the plot twist with Loretta really threw me off and also it is another to be continued book and I don't like those. I thought this was the end of the series but it is just getting good! I have never read Mary B. Morrisons' books but I really like this series! Granville is so crazy you can really see him through her character development of him. Madison never ceases to amaze me with her narcissism although her father's antics lets you kn ...more
Literary Jewels
The whole gang is back in I’d Rather Be With You, the sequel to If I Can’t Have You. In the novel, Mary B Morrison really tests the lines of friendship and loyalty. Madison is dealing with the aftermath of accepting Loretta’s bet, in addition to other issues. Her life is in disarray, nothing like what she planned. Where are your friends when you need them? Loretta, still jealous, is too busy trying to steal the love of Madison’s life. If only Loretta was the only threat in Madison’s life. She al ...more
Felisa
This book just didn't grab me like her other work. I just felt that there was just to much going on and not in a realistic sense! I love her work but this book, I just lost interest
Amy
Its amazing how a second book can change your feelings towards characters. I am looking forward to the third book in April 2014.
Tramaine Green
I must say that this book was bananas. Loretta has some serious issues that she truly needs to fix. I mean, how you gonna try to steal your best friend's husband just because you believe she doesn't deserve him? And she doesn't but still.....To me, she wasn't a true friend at all. Madison has a problem taking responsibility for her actions. I don't even think she apologized to Roosevelt. He is truly a good man. Everything wasn't Loretta's fault. Granville still has a screw loose...maybe several ...more
Johnnayea Edmond
This was a quick, light read. It was humorous as well. There was a lot of foul language used by "high society" which was a little bit of a turn off.

This is the second book in the series. I did not read the first, but I wasn't at a disadvantage due to that either. The author did a good job covering the back story, and she did not skimp on the character development due to an assumption that the reader read the first book.

The book just leaves you hanging at the end. I guess I will have to read th
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jay
OMG OMG OMG ! let me start off by saying I had never read any of Mary B. Morrison's books b4 but after reading this I have become a huge fan !!!! Mary is a megamind. I absolutely loved this book. The Drama just oozed out of the pages, I literally could not put this book down. There was drama , thier was sex, there was visual pictures. I read this book itnitually becuase of the wonderful reviews it had recieved, and they did not steer me wrong. I cant wait until the next book comes out april 2014 ...more
~Charmer~the 1-click addict
I don't know why she changed Loretta so much. She made her unlikable. Loretta let Chaz talk her into doing that. She must be crazy, cause ain't noway in the world that ish would eva happen. Grossssss!!! It was gross when Madison first did it. She changed Chicago too, and I didn't like him anymore. Madison got what she deserved in the end.(claps) I felt bad for her only about her health issue. Why did Tisha and Loretta let her getaway with calling them names or talking to them like they were chil ...more
Lord'Williams Lord'Williams
I'd Rather Be With You (Book 2)



Well, well, well how time flies when you're scheming, lying, cheating, and trying to commit murder. I'd Rather be With You is the continuation from "If I Can't Have You," and these are characters behaving badly.


Mary B. Morrison spun a true sequel that picks up directly behind predecessor "If I Can't Have You," book 1 of the series, and I like that about multi-volume series.


I liked the first book so much, I immediately downloaded book 2 from Audible.com, which plays
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Twana
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Norman LaVelle
This was really a good book and It kept me in suspense while reading. Having read the first book in this series, some of the chapters where kind of predictable, but for the most part I was surprised by a lot of the subplots. Granville Washington, still is my favorite character in the book, because he is the one person who is so completely unpredictable. He just doesn’t stop, but the scary thing is somewhere in this world there is a guy just like him. Whoa!!! But overall all the character from th ...more
Teaguem2005
Madison took Chicago off life support and thought he wld die right away but as a good fiction novel would have it, such was not the case.

Tisha is the better friend than Madison or Loretta. Loretta shamelessly tried to get Chicago to fall in love with her. She is so jealous of Madison it's hard to imagine why they still considered each other friends. Loretta has mental problems and is just as delusional as Granville.

Chicago and his entire clan are low key nutty. Can you imagine giving birth wi
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Kenzie Wright
Same circle of love...

I have been reading Mary B. since her first book. I was 22. Now at 35 I'm sad to say that I'm over her style of writing. No doubt her stories entertain but the cycle of love and love ending and by the time the right people you have been waiting to get together actually get together they are too old or I have lost interest in the story... I want to read on but I probably won't.
Rachelle
The second installment in this series is definitely a page turner. I found myself thinking about the book a various times of the day when I couldn't pick it up and get to the next page or chapter. I always wanted to know what was going to happen next! I must say that some parts were a little far-fetched but Ms. Morrison did a great job at developing the characters that it seemed like I was reading about the life of a real celebrity. I like how the chapters are from each characters' point of view ...more
Dee Cherry
This story picks up where If I Can't Have You left off. Loretta's true colors & intentions are shown; Trish wakes up & regains her senses where Darryl is concerned; Madison, despite all the turmoil she is experiencing, remains level headed in trying to hold on to Chicago; Granville has to be the luckiest fool in the world. Another great story by Mary B Morrison that will keep you reading & wondering what's next? This book is full of humor filled drama that made for an enjoyable read. ...more
Evan
I received this book as part of a goodreads first-reads giveaway. This book was a quick read but a good one. The different characters kept you interested. Each character was easy to tell from the others. They had their own personalities and traits. The story kept you engaged and wanting to read on. I put in for this giveaway not knowing it was a sequel but was able to get through the book just fine without having read the first one. There was enough information mixed in this book for me to get a ...more
Erica L
Was not feeling this book at all. And I usually like her books. This one however was eveil people on top of evil people and no one seemed to receive any type of justice or comeuppance. I am so burnt out on these writers who leave you hanging so you will buy the next book. I am done with this author.
Me'Tova Hollingsworth
This book was nothing short of fabulous. I enjoyed every page. The web just continue to tangle. Just when you think you know what is going to happen, something else comes up. Moving to book three, because you know I have to find out what the final outcome will be. Job well done Mary B. Morrison!
Dorel
I only wanted to read this 2nd book to see what happens to Chicago. I'm sorry all the characters in this story sound & act like children. I still couldn't connect with none of these characters. I thought all the characters were dumb. This story also had too much drama for me.
Ty Moore-Denning
Ok I really liked Loretta.....Madison was a bully and still is...but Loretta is now a bigger bully. Craziness....Foolery...OMG!!!
How old are these people? Med to late 30's I think not.
Melissa
Loved the first book...this one had some complicated, unrealistic transitions that made the storyline difficult to understand...Will read the third though
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Mary B. Morrison, New York Times best-selling author is the up and coming artist with a multiple book-to-film deal. Mary has seventeen published novels including her newest release, If I Can’t Have You.

She writes for Kensington Publishing Corporation as Mary B. Morrison and Grand Central Publishing as HoneyB. In her novels Mary addresses social and sexual issues while empowering her female charact
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