Just Too Good to Be True
By E. Lynn Harris
(Doubleday, Hardcover, 9780385492720, 336pp.)
Publication Date: July 15, 2008
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Harris serves up a treat that will capture and enchant audiences everywhere—a big, bold, and irresistible novel about football, family, and secrets.
Brady Bledsoe and his mother, Carmyn, have a strong relationship. A single mother, faithful churchgoer, and the owner of several successful Atlanta beauty salons, Carmyn has devoted herself to her son and his dream of becoming a professional football player. Brady has always followed her lead, including becoming a member of the church’s "Celibacy Circle." Now in his senior year at college, the smart, and very handsome, Brady is a lead contender for the Heisman Trophy and a spot in the NFL.
As sports agents hover around Brady, Barrett, a beautiful and charming cheerleader, sets her mind on tempting the celibate Brady and getting a piece of his multimillion-dollar future—but is that all she wants from him, and is she acting alone?
Carmyn is determined to protect her son. She’s also determined to protect the secret she’s kept from Brady his whole life. As things heat up on campus and Carmyn and Brady’s idyllic relationship starts to crumble, mother and son begin to wonder about the other—are you just too good to be true?
A sweeping novel about mothers and sons, football and beauty shops, secrets and lies, JUST TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE has all the ingredients that have made E. Lynn Harris a bestselling author: family, friendship, faith, and love.
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.
“Steamy, funny, and real.”
—The News & Observer
“Harris is a great storyteller who knows how to tug on the heartstrings with wit and sensitivity.”
“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.”
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