The untimely passing of the beloved New York Times bestselling 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 bestselling 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 thirty-five. 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.
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by James Weldon Johnson
by Lynn Raye Harris
by Alison Hobbs
by Craig Parshall
by Lisa Jackson
by William Shakespeare
by Charlaine Harris
by Mark Harris
"Cobi Winslow's life is complicated. Just before his adoptive parents are killed, he discovers he has a twin brother. He finds Eric in prison just days from release. Cobi, who is gay, is involved with a closeted state senator, but in order to inherit the family fortune, he must marry a woman. His sister is determined to find him a suitable wife in order to keep control of the family business. Narrator Alan Bomar Jones has the unenviable task of turning this spicy soap opera into something believable. He is reasonably successful at creating a myriad of character--from the wealthy siblings to the desperate ex-con who is trying to pay off criminal debts to stay alive. However, the narrative surrounding the dialogue sounds wooden. A.B. 2012 Audies Finalist (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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