- Paperback: 319 pages
- Publisher: Anchor Books; Reprint edition (30 Jun. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385492731
- ISBN-13: 978-0385492737
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,975,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Just Too Good to Be True Paperback – 30 Jun 2009
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"Steamy, funny, and real." --"The News & Observer"
"The storyline involving the exploitation of star athletes--a hot-button topic to be sure--is excellent." --"Chicago Sun-Times"
"Electrifying.... Widely entertaining and heartwarming." --"Urban Reviews"
"What's got audiences hooked? Harris's unique spin on the ever-fascinating topics of identity, class, intimacy, sexuality, and friendship." --"Vibe"
"Harris is a wonderful writer. His romantic scenes...are always touching." --"San Francisco Chronicle"
"Harris's books are hot, in more ways than one." --"The Philadelphia Inquirer"
"From naked cocktail parties to religious conundrums, Harris gives you just the right amount of raunchiness and redemption." --"Upscale"
"E. Lynn Harris is the Beach Read King. All hail." --"Fort Worth Star-Telegram"
"Harris has stimulated a dialogue within the African-American community desperately needed for so long about the complicated issues of sexuality." --"Southern Voice"
"Steamy, funny, and real."
--"The News & Observer"
"Harris is a great storyteller who knows how to tug on the heartstrings with wit and sensitivity."
--"USA Today "
"Harris's books are hot, in more ways than one."
--"The Philadelphia Inquirer"
"[E. Lynn Harris] tucks in plot twists bound to keep his readers turning pages late at night." --"The Washington Post "
"The storyline involving the exploitation of star athletes--a hot-button topic to be sure--is excellent."
"Electrifying.... Widely entertaining and heartwarming."
"What's got audiences hooked? Harris's unique spin on the ever-fascinating topics of identity, class, intimacy, sexuality, and friendship."
"Harris is a wonderful writer. His romantic scenes...are always touching."
--"San Francisco Chronicle"
"From naked cocktail parties to religious conundrums, Harris gives you just the right amount of raunchiness and redemption."
"E. Lynn Harris is the Beach Read King. All hail."
--"Fort Worth Star-Telegram"
"Harris has stimulated a dialogue within the African-American community desperately needed for so long about the complicated issues of sexuality."
About the Author
E. Lynn Harris is a nine-time "New York Times" bestselling author. His work includes the memoir, "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted," and the novels "I Say a Little Prayer, A Love of My Own, ""Just as I Am, Any Way the Wind Blows," "If This World Were Mine, "and the classic" Invisible Life." Harris divides his time between Atlanta, Georgia, and Fayetteville, Arkansas, home of his beloved college football team The Razorbacks.
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Great choice for any book club discussion. There are so many angles, characters and issues to discuss. A mother's love, how deep; was Carmyn protective, or just overboarad? Her story, though sad led her through so many levels of destruction. The lost of the man she loved due to the terrible lie told by Daphne, the jealous ex-girlfriend. The lost of the parents she loved, the old school parents, who allow for no mistakes as they often make the biggest mistakes of their lives. The lost of trust for fear that the pain of the past covered her as a cloud waiting to burst and rain on her life. As it did, for when we don't close chapters of our lives, no matter how difficult, they seem to add on making our book of life unbearable and forever a hushed secret.
I admired Carmyn's character although she had issues she had determination and strength. She had her weakened moments, maybe the result of guilt or maybe the desire to correct wrongs that she had not revealed. Taking on the friendship with May-Jean, a piece of work, and Shelby the girl whose life was mirroring hers. She learned to love again, let go and let be, it was late but she learned her son had to experience hurt, pain and love.
Barrett, Raquel, lived through pain too. She emerged from hurt, geared herself to hurt others to gain what she smoothed over as a necessity for her brother. She was seeking a healing in all the wrong places.
I was engrossed with how they all knew each other and yet they didn't know until Carmyn's cloud burst of rain fell on each of them. Brady, the young man who was too sheltered. He broke the vows set by his mother, based on her errors and pain, but he was chained to them mentally. Something I don't know if young men of today would allow. There love was special but in a peculiar way it hurt them both.
Harris did it again, and I have always read his books and ended them saying.....Wow. The possibilities of the story is what held me captive, especially in the world of sports, surrounded by love and those who love money. I could only wonder where Mr. Harris was headed as he once again brought in some of our favorite characters from his other novels......keeping the reader on the edge yearning for more.
I am sure you are probably reading this review not to get a synoposis of the book, Amazon does a good job with that, but rather if it is worth your time......well to say this book is a page turner is an understatement. I purchased this book on Tuesday night from the bookstore, began reading it Wednesday on my lunch break around 1:00pm and had finished by 10:30pm that same evening. ( Yes, I left work, even went to the grocery store and microwaved my family some dinner). Just to give you a reference I have another recently released novel written by one of our favorites that I have been trying to read for the last 3 months and just cannot get through the first 5 chapters.
With that said.......Just too Good, was just that "TOO GOOD"!. The book grabs you from the first page and does not let go. It took a minute to get some of the characters straight. I had to keep flipping back and forth, but it soon becomes clear, one of those "OH, OKAY" moments. It is different from the "traditional" E. Lynn Harris book which gives you a look into the trials and tribulations of being a black gay male in America. But there is still lots of drama, deceit, sex and humor. Being a football fan myself, I enjoyed getting a look into the "high stakes" dealings of college football. ( Lynn thanks for the shout out to my alma mater..."GO RATTLERS!".)
For the die-hard E. Lynn fan, in true E. Lynn fashion, there is a cameo from one of our favorite characters. For those of you newbies, you can still pick up this book without having read previous books. I read one time that basketball players, when at the free throw line will maybe wipe their forehead, or wink or something to let their kids know they are thinking about them. That is how I feel when I read one of E. Lynn's books and there is a character from a previous book. Its like a secret shared between the two of us that the other characters dont know. You find yourself saying "if they only knew what I know"!
Like good sex, this book will leave you wanting more! I can definately see some of the characters in future books ( Delmar, Naomi, Raquel ).
Mr. Harris, if you are reading this, if you ever decided to venture into mystery/crime, Raquel is your girl!
In this book, Brady is the only child of Carmyn. Carmyn is estranged from her family because she refused to place Brady up for adoption after she thought she had been raped and could not figure out who his father was.
Brady is a big football star and Nico, an agent, wants him really badly. To bring Brady into the fold, he uses the feminine wilds of Barrett/Bethany/Raquel.
Just when Nico has Brady just where he wants him, Nico is busted.
The book was very good.
PROS: Excellent writing, interesting storyline, great character development
CONS: Brady's celibacy claim just was not believeable as it was written by Harris; the side characters (Shelby, Zander, Maybelline, Lita) could have been left out; they really added nothing to the story.