Review: The Outside Child
THE OUTSIDE CHILD - Tiffany Warren
Kensington Books/Dafina
BUY

August 2018
Mainstream Fiction
REVIEWER:  Janet Caldwell | RATING: A
REVIEW: How much pressure can the bond of matrimony withstand?? Career stressors, family pressures and worldly temptations - they all can chip away at the foundation that supports a successful marriage.  In THE OUTSIDE CHILD, Tiffany Warren focuses on professional makeup artist Chenille Abrams and NFL star Brayden Carpenter and their struggle to maintain their marriage and their sanity when life gets in the way.

Chenille is headstrong, independent and focused on growing her business and her brand in a highly competitive field.  Her clientele are predominantly egoistical A-Listers who meet their match when they encounter Chenille’s edgy attitude.  Because her last boyfriend was a cheater extraordinaire, Chenille is on sabbatical from men.  That is until, on a working trip to Jamaica, a handsome NFL footballer saves the day when her inept assistant flubs their hotel reservation.

Brayden isn’t your stereotypical NFL football “Playa”.  He is no saint and loves women and all the liberties afforded a high profile, handsome and wealthy man by the opposite sex with discretion.  He is bored with the game and looking for more meaning in his relationships.

He appreciatively spies the carefree natural beauty at the Jamaican resort and when he learns she is in distress, he acts quickly to offer up his luxury accommodations in an act of chivalry that would earn any man carte blanc access to a woman’s heart and other jewels. Brayden quickly assesses that Chenille isn’t the type of woman you have a fling with.  She is the forever type.  Chenille is skeptical and not easily impressed assuming this hottie has an alterative motive.  By the end of their time in Jamaica, Chenille has softened a bit and agrees to continue exploring this man to learn what makes him different.

Chenille and Brayden’s journey to realization is not a smooth one. Warren takes the reader on a bumpy relationship ride that is so realistic at times that I had to put the book aside to gather my own feelings.  Amazingly, she does manage to inject some humor which helps to soften the more serious aspects of the storyline.

In addition to our main characters, numerous others impact this story.  Their parents are ever present, especially Brayden’s controlling mother; their good friends Jarrod and Karen; their son Quincy and without spilling too much tea, the woman who will forever change their life. This is the best storyline I have read in a while. 
THE OUTSIDE CHILD is lengthy, but I encourage you to dive in for the long haul because Chenille and Brayden’s story is definitely worth it.

23rd July 2018 | romcol@caribsurf.com