Gotta Get Next to You Mass Market Paperback – 1 May 2001
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From the Back Cover
A MAN NAMED TROUBLE
Smart, good-looking, and newly divorced, Andrea Noble thought coming home to Louisiana would be the perfect cure for her Big City Blues. But her new position as director of the floundering, badly disorganized Bayou Blue Health Clinic is bringing this sistah nothing but grief. And it doesn't help that the one man who comes to her rescue is tall, charming, righteously handsome -- and has "serial lover" written all over him.
Jamal Turner is a hot chocolate dream to be sure -- the kind of man who could add real fire to the slow, sultry evenings in a sleepy small town. Andrea knows what that kind of trouble's about -- and she's determined to keep cool, no matter how badly her body burns for what she's missing and Jamal's got. But Jamal is a man on a mission and not here for love -- though the fine, independent lady he's secretly been hired to investigate is suddenly doing something serious to his heart... --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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.
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.
Reviewed by aNN
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.