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Don't Ask Forever: My Love Affair With Elvis : A Washington Woman's Secret Years With Elvis Presley Hardcover – Jul 1994

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Kensington Pub Corp (T) (July 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821746162
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821746165
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,360,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Nov. 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Joyce Bova is a fascinating person. This is an excellent book. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. Anyone who reads this book and is a true Elvis fan will know this story is true. Some say she got her info from Priscilla's book but I have many videos and books on Elvis and Joyce Bova is referred to many times by many of his family and the Memphis Mafia, although they don't refer to her by name, the stories are the same. Example: Ricky Stanley (on a 2hr tv special) refers to a woman at Elvis' hotel in Washington D.C., the same story Joyce Bova writes of in her book. If your a true Elvis fan and know Elvis was human and not a God, he had his many faults as we all do, then you must buy this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HelloKitty on 26 April 2014
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Joyce Bova was just one of the many "bed buddies" who Elvis used between and often during his serious relationships. It is a well known fact that Elvis never slept alone. He would fly in different woman who he knew just for this purpose when he was touring, in Vegas or alone in Memphis. These were not love affairs, simply a means to an end. Elvis usually did not have sex with these women, they were only sleeping partners. I would take much of this story with a pinch of salt. Elvis loved women and had to have someone with him at all times. Elvis was still married to Priscilla during this time - when she was not with him, he would arrange for one of his lackies to fly in another woman. Priscilla knew about this, but turned a blind eye as she knew he did not have intercourse with them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pam on 6 Dec. 2013
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Read nearly all books on Elvis, and this one is the worse . you cannot seem to be able to believe a word of it, a few

pictures but that does not mean that you had an affair with Elvis.

Would advise any Elvis fans no to buy it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
A modern-day fairy tale...... 21 Mar. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Joyce Bova's account of her time with Elvis was a moving, but realistic, romantic tale of two different worlds. She is believable when she recounts her emotions, her fears, her hopes and dreams. The resemblance between Ms. Bova and Priscilla Presley is uncanny. And Joyce's intuition about Elvis is unbelievable. The heartbreak, the highs and the lows that she faces in her relationship with Elvis are ones that all women who have been in love can relate to. Joyce is a romantic, but a realist also. She is a strong lady, who does not resort to pity to interest an audience. She tells it like it is, warts and all.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
My review on Joyce Bova 16 May 2002
By "morrison1284" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in hearing the story from a woman who truly loved Elvis- I found myself completing this book in 3 days. It has been one of the best books that I have read regarding Elvis as a person. If I was able to say anything to Ms. Bova it would be "thank you" for allowing a fan like myself to get to know how Elvis was on a more personal level. I admire your strenght and think you were a very special and memorable piece in the complex life that was Elvis Presley.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Forever in Blue Jeans 7 Jun. 2010
By Kevin Killian - Published on Amazon.com
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Reading Elvisologist Allana Nash's recent book on the women who loved Elvis (BABY LET'S PLAY HOUSE), I became interested in Nash's account of Elvis's love affair with Joyce Bova, a Washington DC woman of whom I had never before heard. Nash provides quite a lengthy synopsis of the major events in this hush hush top secret romance, and I liked what I saw, so I bought I used copy of Bova's own memoir and dove right in. In a way, this turned out to be a mistake, since Nash had definitely given the highlights, but in eight pages instead of the 386 pages in the Bova book. But all I can say is, if this is how you like it, it's served up well in DON'T ASK FOREVER.

Nash had it right, Joyce was a pretty girl all right, but what cinched it for her with Elvis was the fact that she had a twin sister. We all know that the death of little Jesse was the central event in Elvis' life, and Joyce met him at a time ripe with spiritual renewal for Elvis, right at the time when he was beginning to fantasize of himself as a religious leader born to bring comfort and healing to billions. The twin thing, like a ribbon of celluloid film, somehow played in and out of the Jungian fantasies preoccupying him the early 1970s. He was one of twins, as was she: maybe they were meant to be together. In addition she was the twin, or nearly so, of his wife Priscilla, with whom he was still living an empty lie (or so says Bova). In fact when they went out together, fans always hurt Joyce's feelings by mistaking her for Priscilla and pestering her for autographs.

Twin-ness also haunts the book in terms of the Bobbie Gentry mystery. The charismatic country singer and songwriter was an acquaintance of Elvis at just this period, and now it turns out, that nearly every photo hitherto thought of to be picturing Elvis and Bobbie Gentry is, in actuality, a photo of Elvis and Joyce, who had to keep her love life a secret from the probing eyes of Capitol Hill, where she worked for the Armed Services Committee for the House of Representatives. We never do hear too much about her job, but Elvis had no compunction about calling Nixon and asking of Joyce could take a few days off here or there to visit him in Graceland or in Vegas.)

She soon became addicted to heavy drugs, under Elvis' tutelage. He particularly favored nembutal-like dolls when embarking on a bout of lovemaking, drugs so strong they put Joyce in a twilight sleep, barely able to tell where she was or where her body ended. This part of the book was the most compelling. Also we do get some glimpses into Elvis at the recording studio, especially during the making of the 1070 Christmas album. We see him leafing through dozens of demos, and Joyce is credited with persuading the King to record "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," which became "their song," and which she was always pleading with him to sing to her alone in concert.

Joyce got to meet most of the insiders in Elvis Presley's life, even being awarded an audience with the spooky, old, weird "Dodger" (Elvis' grandma Minnie.) Dodger is just plain obsessed. "A woman should have plenty of children. Then maybe you get lucky and one of 'em turns out good. I had five. None of 'em turned out too good, 'cept Vervon... cause he made Elvis." Elvis had fond memories of Ann-Margret (not the tortured ones other biographers would have us believe in) and not so fond ones of current co-star Mary Tyler Moore. Elvis had specialty shoppers on call who would bring literally dozens of pairs of shoes and boots at a time to his home, to let the King shop in peace. In one touching scene, Joyce points Elvis towards a pair of tan boots he might otherwise have rejected. She was important to him in little things, but as he always told her, don't ask forever,
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Well written, easy read and throughly enjoyable. 2 July 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Joyce and I have been very close friends for about 20 years, so I have known of her relationship with Elvis. Although I admit to not being an Elvis 'fan', I have always admired his talent and ,in many ways, the man she described him to be. I am an avid reader and though my choice of reading material would not be on Elvis, I had to read my friend's memoir.
I admire Joyce and admire her contribution in an intelligently written yet heart-warming book. The countless readers who feel they know Elvis will garner a greater insight into this complex man. I know Joyce and that is enough for me to respect and appreciate the candor and sincerity with which she wrote her book. I am not alone when I say that Joyce is a down-to-earth, forthright, sweetheart of a person who is still stunningly attractive and vivacious. (Joyce is also a very talented ballroom dancer who still performs and teaches out of her own dance studio.) More importantly, Joyce cares deeply about her friends. In particular, she cared very much about her depiction of the intimately personal relationship she shared with Elvis. I believe she has done so with an open heart and a sincere desire to fill in this gap of Elvis' life
After turning the last page of Joyce's book, anyone (man or woman)will go away feeling a real connection with her and an understanding of the extraordinary man she knew so well.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This is an excellent read for any Elvis fan. 11 Nov. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Joyce Bova is a fascinating person. This is an excellent book. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. Anyone who reads this book and is a true Elvis fan will know this story is true. Some say she got her info from Priscilla's book but I have many videos and books on Elvis and Joyce Bova is referred to many times by many of his family and the Memphis Mafia, although they don't refer to her by name, the stories are the same. Example: Ricky Stanley (on a 2hr tv special) refers to a woman at Elvis' hotel in Washington D.C., the same story Joyce Bova writes of in her book. If your a true Elvis fan and know Elvis was human and not a God, he had his many faults as we all do, then you must buy this book.
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