Been There, Done That

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In Darrien Lee's much-anticipated sequel to All That and a Bag of Chips, readers meet up again with Craig Bennett, who is still wary of love even years after his affair with Venice Taylor.
This compelling continuation of the Craig Bennett and Venice Taylor saga reveals Craig to be still smarting from Venice's decision to marry her high school sweetheart despite the passion she and Craig shared during their college romance. Devastated by the loss, Craig has dedicated himself to ...

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Overview

In Darrien Lee's much-anticipated sequel to All That and a Bag of Chips, readers meet up again with Craig Bennett, who is still wary of love even years after his affair with Venice Taylor.
This compelling continuation of the Craig Bennett and Venice Taylor saga reveals Craig to be still smarting from Venice's decision to marry her high school sweetheart despite the passion she and Craig shared during their college romance. Devastated by the loss, Craig has dedicated himself to building his company, Bennett Architectural, Inc., into a multimillion-dollar empire and rising to career success. However, his personal life is not quite as fruitful — even though he has had several meaningless flings with beautiful, intelligent women — due to the impenetrable wall of regret preventing him from reaching out to another woman. As fate would have it, Craig finds himself faced with a challenge that tests his will, trust, and capacity to love and forces him to confront the issues that have been plaguing him for the past seven years.
In Been There, Done That Darrien Lee crafts a fascinating novel complete with intricate relationships, life-changing decisions, and painful matters of the heart.

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Zane National Bestselling Author of Addicted, The Sex Chronicles, Shame on it All, The Heat Seekers, The Sisters of APF and Nervous Darrien Lee has written a truly impressive sophomoric novel that will catapult her to the top of the favorite authors list of many avid readers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593090012
  • Publisher: Strebor Books
  • Publication date: 7/22/2003
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 976,637
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Darrien Lee, a graduate of Tennessee State University, is a two-time Essence bestselling author with four published works with Strebor Books. She has been featured in several periodicals, including Romantic Times magazine and the Nashville Tennessean. She lives in LaVergne, Tennessee, with her husband and two daughters. Visit DarrienLee.com

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Chapter One

Japan seemed like it was a million miles away. Sitting behind his desk staring at his computer, Craig Bennett was engrossed in his work as usual. It only took him five years to build Bennett and Fletcher into the success it was today. He had wealth and success, but he still felt empty. Traveling between his
Philadelphia and Japan offices left him little time for a serious relationship, not that he was looking for one anyway.

It had been seven long years. However, he still felt the sting of losing the only woman he would ever love to another man. The name fell from his lips for the first time in almost seven years: "Venice." Hearing her name in his own voice startled him. He tried his best to forget her by dating other women, but was unsuccessful. She had chosen Jarvis, her childhood sweetheart whom she had married once due to an unplanned pregnancy. They lost their baby during the pregnancy so their parents pressured them into a divorce. Their love was still strong when they left for separate colleges. That's when Craig met her. She was the sister of his best friend and they unexpectedly fell madly in love. Needless to say, after a few stressful months, their relationship came to a sad end. Venice remarried her childhood sweetheart for the only reason it should ever be...true love. Witnessing her wedding was pure hell and he made a vow to remove himself completely from her life. He could never be just a friend like she wanted. Especially after their passionate but brief love affair in college. Since then, Craig tried not to let bitterness enter his heart, but it had. Not directly at her, but at love period. Hell, it was overrated anyway. Angry with himself for thinking about her, he pounded his fist on the desk and put his hands over his face.

A voice came over his intercom. "Mr. Bennett?"

"Yes."

"Your Philadelphia office is on line one."

"Thanks, Virginia."

The days for Venice were starting to run together. Her job as team doctor for the Michigan State University football team only left her with a few hours of quality time with Jarvis and their five-year-old son, Brandon. Being a good mother and wife had always been important to her and she hated the fact that she had lost control of her life. It wasn't the money, because the success of Jarvis in the NFL had made them very wealthy. The fact was she had become burnt out. By both of them being on the road so much, it kept them away from Brandon and she was fed up and needed a break.

They had been married since the tender age of nineteen and were blessed with Brandon two years later. After getting drafted into the NFL, Jarvis was able to fulfill one of his dreams. The other was marrying Venice, his childhood sweetheart.

On this spring morning, Venice and Jarvis were awakened by the pouncing of Brandon on their king-sized sleigh bed.

"Momma! Daddy! Only five more months and I will be in kindergarten!"

Struggling to keep her eyes open, she pulled him down lovingly into her arms. "That's right, Lil' Man, but I wish you would stay my baby just a little longer."

"Daddy! Wake up! I'm hungry!"

Jarvis removed the comforter from over his head and smiled, seeing the two most important people in his life in a warm embrace.

"Brandon, you're always hungry. You get it from your momma."

Venice grabbed her pillow and playfully hit Jarvis. Within seconds the room erupted in a full-blown pillow fight, until they heard the sound of Brandon's sitter calling for him.

Ms. Camille had been a godsend and was recommended by the minister of their church. She was approximately sixty and lived alone — except for the times she spent the night to care for Brandon. She was widowed years earlier and never had children of her own. The children she cared for always became her babies.

"Brandon! Where are you?"

Jarvis slid back under the covers as Venice put on her robe and met

Ms. Camille at the bedroom door.

"Good morning, Venice."

"Good morning, Ms. Camille."

"Good morning, sleepyhead."

Jarvis threw up his hand to acknowledge her greeting, then turned over and pulled the covers back over his head. It was only six-thirty on a Saturday morning and the first day in a long time that Jarvis and Venice didn't have to work.

Ms. Camille took Brandon by the hand. "Come on, young man, so I can make you breakfast. Let your momma and daddy sleep in this morning. Okay?"

"Okay. Will you fix me some blueberry pancakes like you did yesterday?"

"Only if you help me. Venice, lie down and get some rest. I'll take care of Brandon."

Venice hugged her. "Thank you. I'll be up in a couple of hours."

"There's no need, child. We'll be just fine. Now go to bed."

Smiling, Venice watched her close the door and listened as their voices faded in the distance.

Venice looked over at Jarvis sleeping and decided she would tell him she later wanted to take a leave of absence. For now, she needed a few more hours of sleep.

Removing her robe, she crawled back into bed. Watching him sleep had always been something she enjoyed. He was absolutely gorgeous and he was hers. His skin was the color of Hershey's chocolate, which covered a broad chest, trim waist and powerful thighs.

Venice had to get used to the large groups of women who flocked around the locker room trying to give out their numbers and anything else they thought he would take. Jarvis was grounded and dismissed their nonsense, leaving Venice no reason to worry about his fidelity. He was happily married and always made a point to acknowledge his love for her and their son when he was being interviewed.

Reaching over to stroke his cheek, Jarvis startled her by pulling her warm body against his and planted a soul-stirring kiss on her lips. She parted her lips and savored the taste of him as they moaned in unison. His hands roamed over her smooth skin, lifting her lingerie over her head. His mouth seared her body as he kissed the curve of her neck, then lower. She immediately felt the hardening of his body as they lay flesh against flesh.

"Jarvis!"

"Yes, Mrs. Anderson."

"I love you."

Staring into each other's eyes reaffirmed all the love and passion they felt for one another over the years.

"I love you, too, Niecy. Always and forever. Don't you every forget that. Okay?"

Cupping his face with her hands, she whispered, "Always and forever, Babe."

The kiss was heated and urgent as their lips joined as well as their bodies. Venice circled her arms around his neck as he continued to torture her with his kisses. Jarvis smoothed back the hair from her face so he could look into her eyes, darkened with love. Locking her legs around his tight body, she held him where she wanted and needed him to be.

Moments later, wave after wave rocked them as they gave into the release they sought. Perspiration glistened on their skin as they lay in each other's arms trying to regain normal breathing rhythm.

He smiled. "You're amazing, Niecy."

She kissed him on the cheek. "You give me too much credit, Babe."

"I don't think so and I'm not just talking about your loving. You're the best friend I could've ever dreamed of. That's important to me. You're not just my wife and the mother of my son. You are my best friend."

Venice was speechless as she hugged him. "I feel the same way and, by the way, I have something for you."

"What?"

Venice reached into the night stand and pulled out a velvet case, then handed it to him.

He sat up in bed and asked, "What's the occasion, Niecy?"

Smiling, she anxiously waited for him to open it. "It's for Loving You Always Day."

Jarvis opened the case with a grin and froze. Inside was a beautiful gold cross necklace. He had been shopping for one but hadn't been able to find one that really stood out to him. Venice found the necklace in New York when she went on a business trip with her brother, Bryan. He was a sports agent, so he invited her along for a medical evaluation of a prospective client.

Jarvis pulled the necklace out of the case. "Baby, this is da bomb! Where did you find it?"

She took the necklace and placed it around his neck. "In the Big Apple."

He got up and stared at it in the mirror for several seconds in silence.

He finally turned around with a serious look on his face.

"I'll never take it off, Niecy...never. Thank you."

"I knew it was the one as soon as I saw it. Now come back over here and thank me properly."

Jarvis climbed back into bed. Venice wiggled, trying to snuggle even closer, which caused Jarvis' body to respond once again. Running his hand down the length of her backside, he said, "I told you, you are amazing."

She looked into his beautiful soul. "Amazingly in love with you."

After another heated session of making love, they came up for air again.

"Mercy!"

"I don't believe in giving you any mercy, Jarvis Anderson. You're all I've ever wanted. So rest up, big boy."

Laughing, he kissed her tenderly on her swollen lips. Within minutes, they were in a deep, well-deserved sleep.

Copyright © 2003 by Darrien Lee

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2011

    MUST READ

    IT WAS WONDERFUL AND FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT HAVE NOT READ IT
    YOU SHOULD IT IS A SERIES OF BOOKS IT START OUT WILL
    BOOK 1- ALL THAT AND A BAG OF CHIPS
    BOOK 2- BEEN THERE DONE THAT
    BOOK 3- WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND
    BOOK 4- WHEN HELL FREEZES OVER
    BOOK 5- DOUBLED CROSSED(LAST BOOK)


    I HAVE READ ALL OF THEM AND THEY WERE WONDERFUL
    ALL I HAVE TOSAY IS MOVE OVER ZANE BECAUSE DARRIEN LEE IS IN THE RACE WITH YOU. AND I LOVE ZANE BOOKS, BUT DARRIEN KEEP THE SERIES COMING I LOVE THEM I LIKE READING ONE BOOK AFTER THE OTHER

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2008

    NICE

    I love this book.I have read it over and over and over.I wouldnt compare her to zane because zane is more sexual but shes a great author but darien lee came hard on this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2007

    A PAGE TURNER

    This book was great. I love how you focus on craig. It had me imagine him myself. Great job!! darrien lee make you want to read the rest of her books. This is my second book by her that i have read. And they both were great. Keep it coming!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2006

    The Worlds Graetest

    Ive read this book about 10 times i love it. ITs filled with drama and love and more drama.The book keeps the reader wanting to read more and more of the book. i love it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2005

    da best book ever

    I always thought Zane was an 'all that and a bag of chips' writer, but damn Darrien Lee is da bomb ya'll. After i read all that and a bag of chips, i got hooked and had to order 'been there,' done that da second day it came out. But ya'll, 'All that and a bag of chips' and 'Been there done that' is a must read crazy, interesting, intriguing, exciting book. I can't wait for other books by Darrien Lee.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2005

    Couldn't put it down................

    I really enjoyed reading this book. I've aslo read ALL THAT AND A BAG OF CHIPS. I enjoyed both books. I just finished reading WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND, it too was very good. Darrien girl keep doing your thang! Can't wait for WHEN HELL FREEZES OVER!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2005

    LOVED IT!!!

    Ok I never really liked reading much but i loved this book i just had to read it after i read All That and a Bag of Chips... I couldn't put thebook down and finshed it in 2 days which is never happen when i read.. Now i'm ready to read the need book that Ms. Lee wrote up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2004

    i'm not feeling this book either

    In the first book Venice was a whore, now in the second book, she's a cry baby!! The book was rushed and boring. The only reason I read the second book was I bought them together and hoped after reading the first one, it could only get better. WRONG These are two books I truly wasted money on. If you must read them check out the library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2003

    TO GOOD

    IF YOU READ ALL THAT AND A BAG OF CHIPS YOU WOULD UNDERSTAND THAT THIS BOOK WAS DA BOMB IT ONLY TOOK ME 24 HOURS TO READ AND NOW I CAN'T WAIT UNTIL THE NEXT BOOK COMES OUT IT HAD ME TO THE POINT I COULD NOT PUT THE BOOK DOWN BECAUSE I WAS TO NOISEY TO SEE WHAT HAPPENED NEXT SHE IS A GOOD WRITTER AND I REALLY ENJOYED HER BOOKS IT IS A MUST READ AND PASS ON

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2003

    The Best Book I Ever Read

    This book had me hooked from the beging to the end a must read,and I am waiting for the next one 'What Goes Around Comes Around'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2003

    Read it in 4 hours

    I love the first one and when I saw that part two was out I had to get it. I am so glad that Craig and Venice go a chance to love again. The passion that they had between the two of them remind me of me and my husband. I can not wait until part 3. What is going on with Skeeter? Darrien you go girl :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2003

    loved it.

    this was a good book to read while in bed no phones no t.v. and some munchies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2003

    Wrong

    The author needs to put more research into her writing. This book was a rush to get to the end. Jarvis and Venice are married for 7 years, and he dies of a brain tumor and Venice didn't had no idea he was even sick, and Jarivs knew about six months before he died that he had cancer. By the way, Craig never got over Venice, never married in all of 7 years. They get back together 6 months after Jarvis death and get married and live happly ever after with Jarvis and Venice son. Little Brandon is so HAPPY to have a new daddy and everybody is happy. THE END.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2003

    Unreal

    This book and the last one was ok, but what is the odds of Craig never had married or found someone in seven years, be real. Also Jarvis who was Venice husband just so happens to die. This was to fake, then both if Venice bothers were professional football players including her husband? NOT

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2003

    WONDERFUL AND HEART WARMING

    This book and the other one is the most heart touchin and heart warming book I have ever read. This book will make you not want to put it down once you start reading it. I was at work couldn't wait to get off to get back to my book. Darrien Lee is a very warming person and keep up with writing those good books. I can't wait until What Goes Around, Comes Around comes out. I WILL BE WAITNG....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2003

    AND THE SAGA CONTINUES

    I READ THIS BOOK IN ONE AFTERNOON. THIS STORY IS PART 2 OF ALL THAT AND A BAG OF CHIPS. IT WAS OF THE HOOK. A MUST READ.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2003

    love that book

    i read the bouth book and i love them i will love to see a movie made from the book i will be the first one ON line to see it i give it to my sistre to read and she love it to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2003

    The book was off da hook. Outstanding

    Excellent reading material. I would definitely pass off to my friends for reading material. My friend let me read her book. I just might buy my own, reread it again, and let someone else read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2003

    I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    THIS BOOK HAD ME IN TEARS. WHEN LOVE BETWEEN JARVIS AND VERNICE WAS SHATTERED I CRIED LIKE A BABY. I AM GLAD THAT CRAIG DID GET TO MARRY HIS SOULMATE. TO HAVE FOUND LOVE TWICE IN A LIFETIME IS INCREDIBLE. THIS BOOK BRINGS CLOSURE AND I AM VERY PLEASED WITH THE RESULTS.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2003

    100% Statisfing

    I thought that this book was so exciting. I just couldn't wait for this book to come out. Believe me this book was worth the wait. I can't wait until her next book comes out. I was so happy that Venice and Craig could experience a life together, even though they should have ended up together in the first book, but the second book was just as good as the first one. Maybe even better. Go head Darrien :)

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