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Men, money, & gold diggers
Johnson, Je'Caryous
Adult Fiction JOHNSON

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From Publishers' Weekly:

A wealthy investment banker "with a swagger like Denzel Washington" learns that money can't buy love in a muted novelization of Johnson's stage play of the same name. Caleb Peterson has no trouble getting "fly-ass" ladies, but things never seem to work out: Kendra's after his wallet, Asia's just too sweet, and as for Miss Bud Light-well, Caleb doesn't even know her name until after they're in the buff (though he learns her 42 double-Ds are named Water and Melon). When beautiful former model Paisley Terrell enters the picture, things start to look up for Caleb, and soon enough he's giving his heart away yet again. His friends warn him not to give his cash away as well, so when Caleb makes an impromptu marriage proposal, talk of a prenup soon follows. Paisley protests, and complications, both romantic and economic, ensue. Johnson is a force in contemporary African-American theater, but without actors adding life to his words, the dialogue is stiff and the characters two-dimensional. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Verdict: Johnson mixes romantic and financial betrayal in this adaptation of his stage play about a fast tracker who stumbles in the romance department. Despite the middle-class setting, street-lit fans will like the authentic street dialog among the characters. Purchase both for African American romance and street-lit collections. Background: Caleb Peterson has a six-figure income with a trophy fiancee, ex-model Paisley Terrell. Straight from Houston's ghetto, Paisley claims she's interested only in finding true love. But what's up with her ex-boyfriend jetting her to Jamaica and giving her a Bentley? Why does Caleb insist on a prenuptial agreement? Love and money mixes like oil and water in this boy-meets-girl romantic drama. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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