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Having her priorities in order is something Tangela Maxwell prides herself on. She works tirelessly to advance her career and make moves to set up the future she’d desired for her entire adult life. While on this trek, there’s no time to have too much fun and risk losing focus. A love life is surely out of the cards. Once her life was where she wanted it to be, she would worry about all of that then. That’s what she continuously tells herself while her heart silently yearns for more. After leaving a dishonest relationship, she promises herself she wouldn’t trust another man so easily. So instead of completely moving on, she keeps him around to satisfy her sexual desires, until that one night she would never forget.

Taking care of his family is the reason Hiram Stevens does everything in life. Pursuing a career in rap and creating a different persona named Yolo, he begins the hustle of making his name big. Coming from a broken family leaves all the responsibilities on him. Having an incarcerated father and an alcoholic for a mother also leaves him responsible for his twin siblings. Yolo learns to keep his emotions hidden and maintain this gritty persona that would get him higher on the hip-hop charts. His air of mystery keeps people speculating about him, and along with his music, keeps him relevant. That plan seems to be going well until that one night he would never forget.

When Tangela and Yolo meet, there’s an immediate attraction that can’t be denied. Passion ensues and consumes them for that one unforgettable night. Can they resume their everyday lives and consider it a summer fling as suggested? Or will their bodies overtake their stubborn minds and go for what they both want?

Don’t Tell Me No (Novella)

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