*This novella originally appeared in Daughters of A Nation: A Black Suffragette Historical Romance Anthology*
After spending half her life pretending to be something she’s not, performance is second nature for cabaret owner Bertha Hines. With the election drawing near and women’s voting rights on the ballot, Bertha decides to use her persuasive skills to push the men of New York City in the right direction.
Chef Amir Chowdhury jumped ship in New York to get a taste of the American Dream, only to discover he’s an unwanted ingredient. When ornery Amir reluctantly takes a job at The Cashmere, he thinks he’s hit the bottom of the barrel; however, working at the club reignites his dream of being a force for change. His boss, Bertha, ignites something else in him.
Bertha and Amir clash from the start, but her knowledge of politics and his knowledge of dance force them into a detente that fans the flames of latent desire. But Bertha has the vice squad on her tail, and news from home may end Amir’s dream before it comes to fruition. With their pasts and futures stacked against them, can Amir and Bertha hold on to their growing love?
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Alyssa Cole has done it again: opened up another part of history so few talk about and created a breathtakingly romantic novella. Bertha, a Black suffragette and owner of a night club in New York, finds herself making a deal with Amir, a young illegal immigrant from Bengal who came to American wanting to live the American Dream. Both have hopes and dreams for their futures, and find themselves teaming up to make it come true. That deal soon becomes much more, and as their romance simmers and dreams are pursued, they find themselves in a country overran by crooked cops, vice squads, and immigration patrol that threaten the dreams of both Amir and Bertha, and their chance to be together.