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Weber, Carl
Adult Fiction WEBER

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Prolific, bestselling street-lit author Weber (Something on the Side) delivers a soap opera-style cautionary tale of promiscuity and lust that, though twisty and entertaining, has its share of problems. Things quickly go wrong for the Black family-divorced father James, his ex-wife Crystal, engaged-to-be-married son Darnel and 25-year-old daughter Jamie-when Darnel catches his fiancee, Keisha, cheating on him with his best friend, Omar. After getting arrested for beating Omar "until I got all my venom out," Darnel's pain and humiliation drive him to stalk and torment Keisha. Meanwhile, Jamie learns a dangerous secret about her boyfriend, Louis, and ladies' man James falls under the spell of a woman with questionable motives. As James, Darnel and Jamie switch narrative duties, betrayals and odd plot twists become the norm with at times shocking results, but awkward dialogue and implausible motivation distract from the fun. Though some of the surprises fall flat, this trashy page-turner should give fans what they want. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Verdict: Weber (Something on the Side) knows street lit, and his effort relies on nonstop drama to chronicle a man and his two grown children's seedy relationship issues. Fans will enjoy the juicy tidbits-if they can endure the trite dialog and unsatisfying ending. Reservedly recommended for large public libraries. Background: When Darnel catches his fiancee cheating with his best friend on the eve of their wedding, he sets out to stalk her, destroy her relationships, and ultimately break her down. Jamie, Darnel's sister, is struggling to understand her boyfriend's suspicious behavior, and the patriarch, James Black, a ladies' man, is too preoccupied with a new relationship to help his children. In the end, each member of the Black family must overcome their individual issues or risk being consumed by them.-Natasha Grant, New York (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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