An Accidental Affair

An Accidental Affair

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by Eric Jerome Dickey
     
 

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New York Times bestselling author Eric Jerome Dickey once again “pushes romance and deceit to the next level” (USA Weekend) in this tantalizing tale of a high-profile marriage rocked by scandal, obsession, and murder.

Screenwriter James Thicke is a man whose mysterious past runs as deep as his violent streak. Now he and his volatile

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New York Times bestselling author Eric Jerome Dickey once again “pushes romance and deceit to the next level” (USA Weekend) in this tantalizing tale of a high-profile marriage rocked by scandal, obsession, and murder.

Screenwriter James Thicke is a man whose mysterious past runs as deep as his violent streak. Now he and his volatile movie star wife, Regina Baptiste, have channeled their passions into an electrifying new project: a film rumored to cross the boundaries of on-screen sexuality. But it’s James’s limits that are about to be tested—by a surreptitiously filmed video of his wife with her co-star Johnny Bergs, in the most comprising of situations. Within hours, it goes viral.

Regina claims she is innocent. But the humiliation and rage leave James with only one recourse—an act of violence that sends him on the run and into hiding. Seething with bitter betrayal, and a still-consuming love for his troubled wife, he nurses a slow-boiling desire for something more permanent: revenge. His need for vengeance takes James and Regina on a headlong odyssey of obsession, sexual impulse, blackmail, and murder. And getting back will be hell.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Praise for An Accidental Affair

“Once again, Eric Jerome Dickey has written a genre bending…story that is chalk full of danger, intrigue, mysterious characters with shady motives, murder, intrigue…and obsession. Oh, and there's sex. Lots of graphic, erotic, steamy, sweaty, climactic earth-quaking sex…the reader is forewarned: you are in for a hardboiled, fast ride.”—Seattle-Post Intelligencer

“The pace is fast, to be sure…A mix of erotica and noir…an ardent thriller.”—Kirkus Reviews.

“A melodrama of infidelity among Hollywood’s glittering stars…quirky and vivid.”—Publishers Weekly

Further praise for Eric Jerome Dickey and his novels:

“Once you start…you’ll have a tough time letting it go.”—The Washington Informer

“Scenes that take your breath away…and a speed-of-light plot.”—Booklist

“The high-octane narrative will have readers burning through page after page.”—Publishers Weekly

“An action-packed classic noir thriller that draws you in from the first page.”—Ebony

“Dickey taps the intimate emotions of a woman.”—Entertainment Weekly

“[A] sizzling, sexy, downright gritty love story.”—Library Journal

“No one does it like Eric Jerome Dickey.”—Black Expressions

“Steamy romance, betrayal, and redemption. Dickey at his best.”—USA Today

“Wonderfully written . . . smooth, unique, and genuine.”—The Washington Post Book World

“Crackles with wit and all the rhythm of an intoxicatingly funky rap.”—The Cincinnati Enquirer

Publishers Weekly
Bestseller Dickey (Tempted by Trouble) sets a melodrama of infidelity among Hollywood’s glittering stars. James Thicke is a successful screenwriter with everything going for him when his wife, beautiful actress Regina Baptiste, is caught on video having sex with her leading man, Johnny Bergstein. As the video goes viral, Thicke lurches from feelings of bitter betrayal and yearning for vengeance to lingering love and responsibility for his wife. He makes a hasty incognito retreat to a seedy apartment complex, where he instantly and hilariously attracts the attention of a host of quirky and vivid characters as he tries to elude the paparazzi. Unfortunately, he doesn’t stay there, instead spiraling implausibly out of control. The love–hate relationship is for tabloid fans who are in it for the creative plot and Hollywood glitz and don’t care that the characters are flat and unlikable. Agent: Sara Camilli, Sara Camilli Agency. (Apr.)
Kirkus Reviews
What's a financially successful screenwriter to do when his movie-star wife stars in an extremely explicit sex video? Can he possible believe her claim that it was all an accident? Dickey's latest novel (Tempted by Trouble, 2010, etc.) drops the reader into a very hip world starring characters ready-made for the screen. Their finances are vast, their bodies perfect, their troubles worthy of coverage on TMZ. Gorgeous Regina Baptiste, James Thicke's wife, has struggled to be taken seriously as an actor. Yet she has surprisingly starred in an explicit video with Johnny Bergs, aka Johnny Handsome, an actor she previously claimed to despise. James first gauges the world's reaction via social-networking sites. He then attacks Bergs and flees to a seedier part of town while his driver, called Driver, packs up and delivers all of his furniture and electronic gadgets. Hiding out amid a curious assortment of characters, James immediately, repeatedly and with carefully described technical prowess, exacts sexual revenge upon his wife with virtual strangers. His new neighbors include Mr. Chetwyn Holder, who jealously loves his young girlfriend. Mrs. Patrice Evans, who uses exercise not only to keep her body in shape but also to fill the emotional void that is her marriage. Sweet Isabel, a lovely, slightly older woman, offers James conversation and more. Yet Regina still loves James, Bergs' family wants revenge and a mysterious number keeps showing up on James' caller ID. And then there's the mysterious and threatening return of Regina's ex-husband. Dickey has set up an ardent thriller in which James must discover why his wife was in the sex video. Did someone coerce or trick her? How? Could the affair actually have been accidental? The pace is fast, to be sure, yet James' own promiscuity makes his jealousy difficult to sympathize with. A mix of erotica and noir, this novel lacks emotional depth.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451239280
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/02/2013
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
212,649
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
Praise for An Accidental Affair

“Once again, Eric Jerome Dickey has written a genre bending…story that is chalk full of danger, intrigue, mysterious characters with shady motives, murder, intrigue…and obsession. Oh, and there's sex. Lots of graphic, erotic, steamy, sweaty, climactic earth-quaking sex…the reader is forewarned: you are in for a hardboiled, fast ride.”—Seattle-Post Intelligencer

“The pace is fast, to be sure…A mix of erotica and noir…an ardent thriller.”—Kirkus Reviews.

“A melodrama of infidelity among Hollywood’s glittering stars…quirky and vivid.”—Publishers Weekly

Further praise for Eric Jerome Dickey and his novels:

“Once you start…you’ll have a tough time letting it go.”—The Washington Informer

“Scenes that take your breath away…and a speed-of-light plot.”—Booklist

“The high-octane narrative will have readers burning through page after page.”—Publishers Weekly

“An action-packed classic noir thriller that draws you in from the first page.”—Ebony

“Dickey taps the intimate emotions of a woman.”—Entertainment Weekly

“[A] sizzling, sexy, downright gritty love story.”—Library Journal

“No one does it like Eric Jerome Dickey.”—Black Expressions

“Steamy romance, betrayal, and redemption. Dickey at his best.”—USA Today

“Wonderfully written . . . smooth, unique, and genuine.”—The Washington Post Book World

“Crackles with wit and all the rhythm of an intoxicatingly funky rap.”—The Cincinnati Enquirer

Meet the Author

Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Eric Jerome Dickey is the New York Times bestselling author of nineteen novels. He is also the author of a six-issue miniseries of graphic novels for Marvel Entertainment, Inc., featuring Storm (X-Men) and the Black Panther. He lives on the road and rests in whichever hotel will have him.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Los Angeles, California
Date of Birth:
July 7, 1961
Place of Birth:
Memphis, Tennessee
Education:
B.S., University of Memphis, 1983
Website:
http://www.ericjeromedickey.com

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An Accidental Affair 3.4 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 98 reviews.
OOSABookClub More than 1 year ago
It’s one thing for your mate to cheat on you and you have to deal with that hurt in private. It’s another thing when the world witnesses your mate cheating on you. Welcome to James Thicke’s world, a successful screenwriter married to Hollywood’s sweetheart. When a scene from an upcoming movie becomes all too real, James’ world is turned and flipped upside down. He can run, but not too far as the world is privy to his shame with TV, Youtube and social networking sites like Facebook. What’s a man to do when the whole world knows about your mate’s accidental affair? Opened the book, got so far and thought, ‘This just isn’t doing it for me.’ But I pressed on and I’m glad I did. Eric Jerome Dickey is a beast with words! We meet and get to know James Thicke. We believe in him and invest in his character. We feel his pain. And finally, we…well you’ll just have to read the book. Admittedly, the book was a little slow to start for my liking, but it did pick up. Once it did, it never slowed down. “An Accidental Affair” was a great read. The author does a masterful job of building tension. EJD has a way of piling detail upon detail until readers feel as if they were in the scenes as they played out. I know people will complain. Folks don’t like the way his writing has evolved. *Confession* I, too, was stuck there for a moment a few years back. I liked what I was used to getting from Dickey and didn’t understand the need for change. The change was growth. I love to see an author grow and mature with their writing and EJD has done that and then some. Reviewed by: Toni
Crissy_Belle More than 1 year ago
I'm an EJD fan. I have all his books. But this one was not his best. I had to force myself to finish reading it. No matter what I can't wait to see what he comes up with next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish I could put my words together as good as Eric Jerome to describe how well he has written this book. I have never seen such creativity in all my life of reading, except of course in Steig Larson "Girl with the dragon tattoo”. There are only a few great writers out there and Eric Jerome is on that list. I love the character of James Thicke, he is a man of little words, yet very smart and intelligent. Only Eric Jerome is good enough to create characters with little details of their nationality as well as their appearance, and still it matters not. Eric writing style has changed over the years since he wrote his first books, and I love this book. People grow, writing styles change, and we cannot expect the same old writing all the time. I am a true fan Mr Dickey. Don’t let the negative feedback deter you. Love it…
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Lots of drama with an unpredictable plot
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is EJD at his very best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yet another awesome book. And i think Gideon will be back? Yay!
cuvagirl25 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book I am a true fan and am intrigued with everything EJD writes since 1999! This book was great just relax and enter into Mr. Thickes world. I got caught up in his life just like I do for every other character in EJD novels. As with all his books I loved the rhythm of the words on the page and energy of EDJ novels. Sure I put the book down here and there... BUT I picked it right back UP as soon as I could. Thing that I dont like as with all his books is that they have to end :( Mr Dickey If you write 80 more books I will anticipate each one and buy every last one of them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I usually LOVE Eric's books but this book wasn;t good at all I forced myself to finish reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love EJD, always have.love how he pulled Ms.Bijou from pleasure,and his writing style,but while i never could put any of his other works down,i was able to with this read.i was left wanting and im not sure why
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Eric Jerome Dickey did it again !!!! He kept me intrigued as I read this book that I was u enable to put down. Keep ur dictionary handy, because his vocabulary expanded, and I loves it !!! Nice to know that the Gideon Series will continue !!
simple344 More than 1 year ago
loved the story line, so naturally had to get the this book. It did not disappoint!
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Not his best but it was a good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoy reading your books. But have been waiting patiently for another Giddeon series please bless your fans with another book
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Not his best work, but nowhere his worst either. Somewhat glad that I didn't buy it but I don't regret giving it some extra time for the suspense to build. If you've read all of his other books then you can easily tell the difference from his great works like the Gideon series, some of his not-so-greats like Between Lovers or Milk in my Coffee, and the fairly good ones like this one and Drive me Crazy.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of EJD for a while and have read almost all of his books. For me, this book was an interesting read simply because I'm a fan of his work but, in my opinion, this book is not his best. I guess I've become spoiled by his Gideon Series and can't wait for the next one to roll out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book ended up being a greater read than i expected since it started out very slow. I loved it, the twists and turns in th last part was spectacular. I'm glad i stuck with it to finish the book. If you stick with it, it becomes a great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It started out pretty slow but once you opened your mind to James' pain and realized that he was trying to stay sane, you understood where EJD was coming from. Hollywood can be a very EXPLOSIVE AND UNFORGIVING PLACE. Put yourself in the shoes of a African American power couple who seem to have it all. Then one day your whole world is shattered by an image on the tv screen for the whole world to see. How would you react? Would you beat the man that has destroyed your marriage or tuck your tail and run. This story had its twist and turns and kept me gasping for breath. The way James tried to diminish his pain through meaningless sex just made him realize how much Regina really meant to him. Sex, Drugs and Hollywood lights make this novel one not to sleep on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read!!
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