The untimely passing of the beloved New York Times best-selling author E. Lynn Harris has left fans pining for more. With this collaboration, fans are given the book they've been clamoring to read - and the book that Harris and Essence best-selling author R. M. Johnson long wanted to write.
Cobi Winslow, a handsome, well-educated district attorney, knows nothing about the life of his estranged twin brother, Eric Reed, a career criminal raised in the foster-care system. Following their parents' death, Cobi searches for and finds his brother, hoping to regain lost years.
Meanwhile, Cobi navigates the pressures of society as he lives life in the closet. The stress comes to a head when he learns that, in order to inherit the wealth of his father's estate and save the struggling family business, he must marry a woman before he turns 35. The task becomes more convoluted when Cobi's sister proposes to pay Austen Greer, a once-successful and wealthy businesswoman who lost everything in the recession, to be Cobi's wife.
Eric discovers Cobi is gay and promises to keep it a secret. Instead, he entrusts the information to his former prison cellmate, Blac, who endears himself to Cobi in hopes of securing a $150,000 loan from him to pay back a debt racked up by cocaine sales. As the clock runs down both on Blac's efforts to pay his deadly creditor and on Cobi's attempts to save the family company, rash moves are executed, family and friendship bonds are tested, and life-altering sacrifices are made.
©2011 E. Lynn Harris and R.M. Johnson (P)2011 Tantor
"All that is good and all that troubles African-American life weaves through the [novel].... Sure to appeal to Harris fans." (Kirkus)
Maybe another reader.The reader's attempt at using different voices for different characters was horrible!
Didn't even finish the book before writing the review.
Once in a while there comes a writer that give the reader the impression that writing for the writer is seemingly effortless since every word carries a message making reading just as effortless and real.
This is what this writer does every time I have read his work. It's a though the reader can be transported via the writers experience.
COBI WINSLOW to me holds the cast together while never once letting us forget that his issues are as important as those of a the entire cast. He has a level headed approach to life that seems to pay off in the end.
He makes you feel the writing with all its hidden tones and nuances, plots and sub plots.
WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND
This is a must read for anyone who does or does not read as much as I do, since the reader will always come away understanding why "It takes all types to make a world"
I would not change anything.
He was good
None I have always loved E. Lynn Harris's writing.
I didn't appreciate the predictability in the story line. And the narrator was horrible. It almost felt as though he was making fun of the characters. His voices were less of a theatrical change, but more of a mocking unenthusiastic change.
No. But, if this is the kind of narrative quality I should expect from this author, I will save my credit and just go to the library.
It wasn't a terrible book. But if you're seeking depth and dimension..... This book is not for you. It it too predictable.
The story line keep me intrigued and wanting to read more
The most memorable part of the story for me was the twist at the end when the brothers switched places
I don't think I have heard him before, I really didn't like him as a reader something about his voice. I really didn't care for it
The sister was a trip
I am a retired Army veteran and love to read. I like murder mystery, but enjoy nonfiction. I am a long time Star Trek fan.
No. It was entertaining yet predictable.
I have not listened to R.M. Johnson's books before, but all E. Lynn Harris. I recognized some of the charactors from previous books. This was a mild E. Lynn Harris.
Nice and soothing
Nothing is as expected, but it all happens so intensely. The character development is phenomenal. I felt like a fly on the wall in the life of.... And the narrator was superb. I am looking for more books by the author and the narrator.
I liked the story and it kept my interest, but didn't care too much for the narrator...should have let a professional reader do it. This may have been a better book to read. The sister wasn't a believable character and for someone so righteous, I found it hard to believe she would expect her brother to deny who he was to help her with financial gain.
The ending left you for wanting more and left too many unanswered questions. Good effort though.
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