From New York Times bestselling author Eric Jerome Dickey, “one of the most successful Black authors of the last quarter-century”* comes a novel about the how one chance meeting can change everything in this thrilling, sexy tale of star-crossed lust.
They say the love of money is the root of all evil, but for Ken Swift, it's the love of a woman.
Ken is twenty-one, hurting people for cash to try to pay his way through college, when he lays eyes on Jimi Lee, the woman who will change the course of his entire life. What's meant to be a one-night stand with the Harvard-bound beauty turns into an explosion of sexual chemistry that neither can quit. And when Jimi Lee becomes pregnant, their two very different worlds collide in ways they never could have anticipated.
Passion, infidelity, and raw emotion combine in Eric Jerome Dickey's poignant, erotic portrait of a relationship: the rise, the fall, and the scars—and desire—that never fade.
*The New York Times
Fans of Dickey's Bad Men and Wicked Women (2018) will enjoy this equally erotic prequel. It's L.A. in the 1990s and two loan shark enforcers, UCLA student Ken Swift and wingman Jake Ellis, are making good money hurting deadbeats. The duo is on assignment at the posh end of the Sunset Strip when Ken lays eyes on, lays claim to, and soon lays the most beautiful woman he's ever seen. Before heading to Harvard in the fall, 18-year-old Jimi Lee, aka Adanech Abeylegesse Zenebework, the sheltered daughter of wealthy Ethiopian activists, wants to sample California's wild side. Ken can oblige. Between illuminating exchanges about black life and history in the U.S., Jimi and Ken fall in lust, then in love; they move in together and have a child. Then things change forever when the expensive needs of their daughter, Margaux, collide with the danger of Ken's profession, the family's only source of income. The added dimension of black history lifts this otherwise adequate erotic thriller to a whole new level.
Before we were wicked
Great book!! After completing this book you should read bad men and the wicked women it’s a
Continuation of this book
Glued to the end!
Thoroughly enjoyed this journey with Ken Swift! I actually felt your pain man.
Not my favorite but not terrible either. This book made me hate Jami Lee more than before and like Ken a little less. Could have gone without this prequel. Still a fan though.