Essence of Love

by Candice Poarch

Self Published

Contemporary Romance

May 26, 2015


Available in: e-Book (reprint)

Essence of Love
by Candice Poarch

Cleopatra Sharp is a strictly honest businesswoman, but she’s been the subject of a fraud investigation in the past. Getting back on her feet was no easy job, but making a success of her aromatherapy business taught her a valuable lesson about second chances. Giving the benefit of the doubt to people in her former situation, however, could prove her undoing when her business suffers one catastrophe after another and the previous monster raises its head, and she is again under the light of suspicion.

For help, Cleopatra turns to Taylor Bradford, a man who believes the root of all evil comes from her, yet he can’t deny the protective feelings he has for the woman she presents. Is she real or is this another scam? Taylor has no choice but to go with his instincts and find the truth.

Originally published November 1998 as The Essence of Love by Arabesque.

Candice Poarch's Bio

Candice Poarch takes pride in crafting believable stories featuring African-American heroes and heroines.  The characters in her books demonstrate a strong sense of community and family support.  She firmly believes that everyday life in America (whether small town or major metropolitan city) has its own rich rewards.  She also likes telling stories that will leave today’s busy reader feeling refreshed and hopeful—not always an easy task, she says, but well worth the challenge.

Her fourteenth book, BITTERSWEET, (Dafina, July, 2006) deals with the heart, family, extended family and community.  "I really enjoyed Bittersweet... romance, comedy, mystery and intrigue...I would definitely recommend Bittersweet as a book club selection."  —Karen Monroe, Woman2Woman Book Club member.  Candice Poarch’s fifteenth book, SWEET SOUTHERN COMFORT, will be published by Kimani Press in November, 2006.

A native of Stony Creek, a small town in Southern Virginia, Candice Poarch holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from Virginia State University.  Formerly a computer systems manager, writing is now her full-time career. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Multicultural Romance Writers, and Washington Romance Writers, where she  served as publicity coordinator for three years and worked on market news for two years. Investing is her favorite hobby. She  particularly wishes  to teach children the value of investing, feeling that children can use these skills to help provide them with financial security and confidence in their adult lives.

Ms. Poarch is married and has three children.  She currently lives in Springfield, Virginia.