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After Zola Denise Norwood meets media mogul Davis Vincent McClinton on a New York-bound flight, he makes her a couple of offers before they even land. One is editing his hot new urban style magazine Bling Bling. The other is more personal. As Zola and Raymond Tyler, Jr, Bling Bling's CEO, pursue their ambitions and search for love, secrets from the past and events out of tAfter Zola Denise Norwood meets media mogul Davis Vincent McClinton on a New York-bound flight, he makes her a couple of offers before they even land. One is editing his hot new urban style magazine Bling Bling. The other is more personal. As Zola and Raymond Tyler, Jr, Bling Bling's CEO, pursue their ambitions and search for love, secrets from the past and events out of today's headlines (plus the shenanigans of John Basil Henderson and Yancey B.) keep the action moving....

Title : A Love of My Own
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ISBN : 9780385492713
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 400 Pages
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A Love of My Own Reviews

  • Diane
    2019-05-25 02:29

    Excellent read!! sequel to 'Mommy Dearest'.....a talented writer that's gone too soon,huge fan of his books...(paperback!)

  • Winter Sophia Rose
    2019-06-06 00:53

    Engaging, Emotional, Intriguing, Page Turner! An Amazing Read! I Loved It!

  • Ashley Teagle
    2019-06-04 03:36

    E. Lynn Harris' books never fail to live up to a traditional romance story with a twist. I enjoyed this book, as I have enjoyed his others. I find the dialogue in his books is realistic and I feel like his characters are usually those that you may encounter in real life.Readers who enjoy a books about love with a touch of unrealistic fantasy thrown in for good measure and a nice tidy ending will enjoy the feel good vibe of E. Lynn Harris' books.

  • Miscoshia
    2019-06-17 04:39

    My favorite book by E. Lynn. He came to my college and signed my copy!

  • Valerie
    2019-06-02 01:39

    E. Lynne Harris's A Love of My Own is the story of Zola Norwood, the attractive, ambitious editor-in-chief of Bling, Bling, a hot new magazine for young and hip African Americans. Having achieved success in her professional life, Zola embarks on a quest for true love. She makes clean breaks from her clandestine affairs with Davis McClinton, Bling, Bling's powerful owner, and Jabar, the seemingly simple yet undeniably sexy personal trainer at her club. Adding to the intrigue is Raymond Tyler Jr., whose relationship with his longtime partner, Trent, has just ended badly. In a search for refuge and rebirth, Raymond moves to New York and begins work as the CEO of Bling, Bling. As Zora and Raymond chart their own courses to love and personal fulfillment, Harris grapples with familiar themes like love, deception, family, and power. In a tale woven together by up-to-the-minute current events (the characters watch Denzel Washington and Halle Berry take home awards on Oscar night; Zora awakes to the news of pop star Aaliyah's tragic death).

  • Corinne
    2019-06-19 23:52

    I have this book, but read it some time ago, but I am a fan of all of e. lynn harris books, all of them are good.

  • Marlene Banks
    2019-05-28 23:48

    Harris was a good writer. Story held my interest but could have had a bit more depth with the characters.

  • Towanda
    2019-05-31 02:41

    I'm sorry we lost E. Lynn Harris. His characters always related to the real world.

  • Danielle Bigsby
    2019-05-31 22:43

    I loved this book!!! So many messages and even though it was written years ago, the material seemed so relative and relatable to today's times. It was my first book by this author but it won't be the last! Excellent job!!!!

  • Regina Miller
    2019-05-25 04:51

    I have read all of his books and really enjoyed them all, first time I heard the term on " the down low". I wish he hadn't died so young very talented writer and professor.

  • Eboni
    2019-06-12 01:49

    didn't think I was going to like this book at first. the language is a little dated but it was actually really good. ending wraps up quickly but who doesnt love HEA

  • Carol
    2019-06-23 02:32

    E. Lynn Harris is a new writer for me though he has been writing for some time. The write-up on the back of the audio looked promising. Zola Denise Norwood, it tells us, is a hot new editor of a New York magazine called “Bling Bling.” She’s also disenchanted with love and prefers to tackle the problem of romance with the “power of three.” Three men can fulfill all her needs. The three men are a) Hayden (shopping buff/show buff/ fun companion guy who is also gay) b) Davis – rich, full of presents and career opportunities and c) Jabar. Jabar is an incredibly sexy trainer from the gym Zola frequents.The opening of the novel is read by Tamara Tunie, who does a great Zola: She’s flamboyant, honest, sexy, direct, likeable and fun. In fact, she’s a great character. She describes in luscious detail just how sexy Jabar is and details exactly what kinds of fancy lingerie Davis gives her. After opening the novel for us with this first person voice, we are then introduced to Raymond’s first person narrative, read by the author. Raymond is kind, compassionate, reflective, and at times, I thought, cowardly. Raymond tells us about his break-up with his former boyfriend, Trent, and about his new life in New York. The novel progresses with this neat alteration in first person voices, both read extremely well. I honestly think that listening to this book made it more real to me than if I had read it. The readers give a lot of flavour to the book.The plot is human and emotional, all about deception, betrayal, vanity and greed. I liked the progression of Raymond’s character, and I enjoyed the changes that occur to Zola’s outlook. Ultimately we find out why Zola chooses three men instead of one, and why she spends so little time with her sister. A number of minor characters also play important roles, particularly Justine, who “finds religion.” Harris’ treatment of this born again experience is at once satirical and sympathetic. Justine seems to imply that religious experience needs to be kept in balance with the rest of the born-again’s life.I’d rate this novel highly for its entertainment value and its fascinating view of gay and African American New York culture. Harris’ world is a fun place to be in and his novel has a fair amount of depth and character development.“A Love of My Life,” I’ve discovered, since listening to it, is the third in a series: 1) Invisible Life 2) Just as I am 3) A love of my life.If I can’t find these one audio, I’ll hunt around for the books. I’d like to more about the Raymond in the previous two novels.

  • Dallas
    2019-06-14 06:51

    This wasn't one of my favorite E. Lynn Harris books but it was enjoyable. There were a few holes that annoyed me (did I "miss it" or was it out of the recording??). For example did they ever connect the woman that called Raymond to warn her about Basil, the one that came up to him at the party and the one that "outed" Basil to Rosa (?) to Ava? (And if it was Ava why didn't Raymond recognize her at the deposition before he was shot? There were also plot lines that seemed rushed or forced (ex: Sebastian goes through all that trouble to meet Davis & is just going to let it go?).It was great to see some of my favorite characters return though.

  • Alexis
    2019-06-25 01:41

    I liked how it would take turns telling Zola's and Raymond's story, but then again I'd get confused when I'd pick up where I left off and forget who's story I was reading since towards the middle, they knew most of the same people. Also, I don't like how the story ended with Davis -- it was a weak finale for the antagonist. This is about a story of two co-workers trying to find love in NYC while dealing with family, friends, work, racism, and prejudice. It's intertwined with real life events of 2001 like the death of Aaliyah and the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

  • Naomi Jackson
    2019-05-27 23:51

    It had been such a long time since I'd read any of E. Lynn Harris's work, and upon opening this one, I remembered what was so satisfying about the structure and pacing of his books. There's so much mirroring of real life and current events in this novel that I felt bathed in nostalgia for the early 2000s (especially R&B). Strange to read a book set just after 9/11 now and remember what it was like in the days, weeks, and months right after, and to be transported back to the moment when American patriotism and xenophobia bubbled up. Glad to discover this book, and Harris again this fall.

  • Paddy
    2019-06-25 03:28

    After Harris died last summer, I read about how much people loved his fiction, so I put him on my To Read List. This novel was a disappointment, filled w/ dialogue that comes across as the script for a bad tv series. The characters are caricatures. When the planes hit the towers, I gave up. This novel is no different from dozens of others on best seller lists, but I don't like those either.

  • Nychclate
    2019-06-04 04:33

    Haven't been in the world of Raymond T. and Basil H. in a while. This was a good read. Made me want to go back and reread the prior background books because it's been a while. The allusions to 9/11 had me in tears... Just brought back those memories...fresh like they were yesterday. Hopefully the next chapter in this series, if there is one, will find the characters still happy and growing.

  • Chanel
    2019-05-24 22:51

    It's some of the things I miss about E. Lynn Harris was his ability to tell a good story and portray African American males and females as extremely successful in life. Authors just don't write like this anymore. This was an enjoyable continuation of his first book, "Invisible Life."He is sorely missed!

  • Wanda
    2019-06-06 04:31

    I love how E. Lynn Harris weaves his characters around each other, not only in this book, but by also including characters from other books. It says much about the characters' development, especially when you read about them later in their own books. I highly enjoyed this book, and I remember it got me through jury duty!

  • Destiny
    2019-06-16 04:31

    I loved this book. The characters stories were intertwined perfectly. E. Lynn Harris is one of my favorite authors. His books never disappoint. Oh, how I miss him. Gone, but not forgotten.I will have to go back and read all of his books eventually. I listened to this book on CD. I had to get used to the narrators voice, but neverheless, great book.

  • Carol
    2019-06-22 04:53

    This is a excellent book from beginning to end.Well written and full of suspense, romance, and adventure.It is hard to put this book down once you start the first chapter. Terry McMillan is a excellent novelist......

  • Debi
    2019-06-11 04:42

    I am so sorry but this is the worst book I think I've ever read. 30 pages from the end there was about 2 maybe 3 pages that were sort of interesting other then that it was boring and long. I now know I will never be reading a book from this author again. It was such a slow read and boring as well.

  • Michael Davidson
    2019-06-13 03:40

    I love this book. Full of drama and love.

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  • MShe
    2019-06-05 04:38

    What else can I say...Great Book!!!!

  • Claire S
    2019-05-25 02:40

    Does that 'roman a clef' thing also..

  • Amarie0081
    2019-06-14 01:38

    This was his best book! I read this book in 2 days. Could not put it down.

  • Tasha
    2019-06-14 02:49

    Great if you love this author's style of writing!

  • Monique
    2019-06-03 00:29

    This was a good book. I read this book in less than 2 weeks. I love the characters Raymond and Zola, very interesting people. I have to read the very first book to understand Raymond. Good read.

  • Mario Desean
    2019-06-09 03:54

    Probably my least favorite book, but good