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Mix knowledge of voodoo, Louisiana politics and forensic social work with the dedication to write fiction while working each day as a clinical social worker, and you get a snapshot of author Lynn Emery. Lynn has been a contributing consultant to the magazine Today's Black Woman for three articles about contemporary relationships between black men and women. She sold her first novel in 1995 to Kensington publishing for their groundbreaking Arabesque line. NIGHT MAGIC went on to be recognized for Excellence in Romance Fiction by Romantic Times Magazine. Her third novel, AFTER ALL, became a movie produced by BET. Holly Robinson Peete stars as Michelle Toussaint, an investigative television reporter. In 2004 Lynn won three coveted Emma Awards. She was chosen Author of the Year and her novel KISS LONELY GOODBYE won Best Novel and Favorite Hero. GOOD WOMAN BLUES was nominated for the Romantic Times Best Mainstream Multicultural of 2005

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Mix knowledge of voodoo, Louisiana politics and forensic social work with the dedication to write fiction while working each day as a clinical social worker, and you get a snapshot of author Lynn Emery. Lynn has been a contributing consultant to the magazine Today’s Black Woman for three articles about contemporary relationships between black men and women. For more information visit: www.lynnemery.com --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Gotta Get Next To This Book! 21 Jun. 2002
By Diaspora Chic - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Andrea Noble moves back to Louisiana after a nasty divorce to run a clinic that is poorly managed by the staff. The last thing she needs is to be set up with another man. But he comes to her rescue when she is being accosted by hoodlums. Jamal Turner is a gorgeous hunk but the only thing she sees is "serial lover". But she finds that he is too hard to avoid; especially if her grandmother has been trying to set her up with him.
This black Adonis attracts the women at the clinic which infuriates Andrea. She's drawn to him but is wrestling with her ex who left her brokenhearted.
Jamal Turner, the man who has turned Andrea's world around, is hiding his identity to investigate the clinic's mismanagement of prescription drugs and financial discrepancies. He himself is going through a divorce and loss of a family member. Despite all the pretty women that come his way, he is drawn to Andrea Turner. He can't help but desire for this astute, caring black woman.
In addition to the main characters, there is Andrea's immature and irresponsible mother, Charlene; John Mandeville, businessman and Andrea's father; Gran, Andrea's grandmother and mother-figure; and Denny, the young staff employee trying to stay on out of trouble.
Ms. Emery does a good job giving each of her characters a personality and physical description. She also develops the story as to what is going to happen next. It is why this book is a page turner that can't be put down.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Sweet Love Story 2 Aug. 2001
By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Lynn Emery's description of the lushness of the Louisiana Bayou, had me visualizing the moss hanging from the trees and smelling the sweet fragrances. The title Gotta Get Next To You is really two stories in one.
The main character Andrea Noble, a Clinical Nurse is returning home to become the Director of the local health clinic. Since she is a woman of color, and this after all is a small town in the deep south, she is surprised she has been offered the job. Then Andrea finds out she has received this position, because her mother Charlene had approached her father John Mandeville about giving his estranged daughter a chance. She has mixed emotions but she still accepts the position.
The second story is really what generates the essence of this story. Years ago, Charlene, a sixteen year old black girl finds herself deeply involved with the son of one of the riches families in Louisiana. The result of this liaison produced a broken heart, a rebellious spirit and a baby girl with mixed parentage, now 30 years later, Andrea is back home. She was raised mostly by her grandmother and has never been close to her mother. She wants her mother to grow up and settle down, so they can bond as Mother and daughter.
The clinic has been losing money and equipment is being ordered but never seen. John Mandeville, who owns about half of the town, has hired a private detective and has planted him as a worker in the clinic. All is going well, he is gathering information and building his case, until he meets the new Director, Andrea Noble. Andrea was one of his primary suspects, but Mr. Detective, LeRoyce Matthews, is falling for her. How can he do his job without jeopardizing Andrea's position at the clinic? He wants someone other than Andrea to be the fall guy, and as the case progresses, LeRoyce is no longer sure who the culprit is.
This was a pleaurable read that painted a vivid picture of Southern rules, Southern politics and Southern family power. It reminded me of how life shows little mercy as it forces you to live with the consequences of your decisions. I applaud Ms Emery's ability to share some real truths in a such a special and tender way.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
What a Homecoming 24 July 2001
By Mamalove - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After Andrea Noble returned to her hometown to oversee a fledgling clinic, she learns of the secrets of her past that her mother has kept from her all these years. On top of that in walks Jamal Turner with some secrets of his own. Through it all, Andrea weathers the storm of it all, as if her divorce wasn't enough. Andrea handles all of this and still manages to find love inspite all of the darkness surrounding her. A definite love conquers all story to the end.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A fun and steamy romance 1 May 2001
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In Louisiana, African-American Charlene Noble visits her former white lover John Mandville with a request for the daughter they had out of wedlock. Following a divorce, Andrea is returning home from Chicago and Charlene wants John to use his influence to obtain the position of Director of the Bayou Blue Public Health Clinic for her. Reluctantly John agrees and procures the job for Andrea.

Private investigator Jamal Turner is quite the hunk, but Andrea quickly categorizes him as a "serial" lover and not for her. He is undercover investigating Andrea, but soon wants her under his covers so they can investigate one another. As they become better acquainted they fall in love, but will their two strong personalities allow for a permanent relationship especially since she is the target of his probe?

GOTTA GET NEXT YOU is heat, sister heat as the lead characters find one another to be quite the temptation. The story line is fun and steamier than the Bayou in August. The cast is strong and the story line loaded with twists that add up to a well written, fun to read ethnic romance.

Harriet Klausner
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HURT AND AFRAID TO LOVE 24 July 2001
By Toni Bonita - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
ANDREA AND JAMAL (LEE) BOTH DIVORCED WANTED NOTHING TO DO WITH LOVE. ANDREA WENT HOME TO BE WITH HER GRAN AND TO RUN THE HOME TOWN CLINIC. LEE WAS BROUGHT TO TOWN BY ANDREAS' BIOLOGICAL FATHER JOHN MANDEVILLE TO CHECK OUT THE WRONG DOINGS AT THE CLINIC. (WITHOUT TELLING ANDREA) THEY CLASH FROM DAY ONE EVEN THOUGH HE STOPS A GROUP OF THUGHS FROM HURTING HER. AS GRANDMOTHERS WILL DO AT EVRY TURN GRAN IS TRYING TO GET THE TWO OF THEM TOGETHER. LOVE WINS OUT AND THEY DO FALL IN LOVE WITH EACH OTHER , ONLY TO HAVE ANDREA FIND OUT THAT HE IS A P.I. WORKING FOR HER FATHER. AND HAS SET UP A YOUNG BOY WHO SHE IS TRYING TO HELP AT THE CLINIC. LOVE WINS OUT AND THE LIVE HAPPILY EVER AFTER, WITH THE BLESSINGS OF GRAN.
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