Both Sides of the Fence

Both Sides of the Fence

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by M. T. Pope
     
 

To most people, 35-year-old Shawn Black is a mild-mannered and fun-loving family man. Filled with music recitals, football games, and family outings, his life seems to be picture-perfect. What observers don't know is that Shawn is living a life on both sides of the fence. He's harboring dangerous childhood secrets that could ultimately rip his family apart.

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To most people, 35-year-old Shawn Black is a mild-mannered and fun-loving family man. Filled with music recitals, football games, and family outings, his life seems to be picture-perfect. What observers don't know is that Shawn is living a life on both sides of the fence. He's harboring dangerous childhood secrets that could ultimately rip his family apart.

Shawn makes the mistake of befriending James, a gold-digging bisexual with a secret agenda. Pushing Shawn head first into a life of sex, secrets, and lies, James will stop at nothing to get what he wants.

Take a story where everyone has secrets, and then mix that together with explosive sex and a dash of the painful truth, and the outcome can only be disaster. Heads will roll as Shawn's faithfulness, love, sexuality, and family structure are tested to the very shocking end. Be warned: this is not your average down-low book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781601621962
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
11/01/2009
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
187,488
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.72(d)

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Both Sides of the Fence 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
MY2KJ More than 1 year ago
This is a captivating story that will have you reading and not wanting to put down. It had me laughing and has so many OMG moments. This book has it all scandal, seduction, secrets and lies. I read this book really not knowing what to expect from the title but once I started, I had to keep reading to see what was going to happen next. The story line was excellent and true. The characters were great. Each chapter was from a point of few from a character. I loved how everything was unpredictable. The story held my attention from the first page. It was so entertaining and fast paced with so much DRAMA. I recommend this book to anyone that loves to read. ~5 stars~
RWA_Bookclub More than 1 year ago
A woman scorned is a force to be reckoned with. But when James Parks is scorned, all hell breaks loose! He takes getting back to a whole other level and has all types of fun ensuing destruction on the Black family. But all good things must come to an end, and when things break down, they break all the way down. I have to say that I sincerely enjoyed this book. It read very swiftly because of all the chaos that was going on. I was eager to flip to the next page to find out what else James could possibly get into. No one was safe from his wrath. To say that he was evil would be an understatement. He caused so much havoc on the Black family that I was ready for the madness to end. Sure Shawn deserved some of what he got, but James didn't have a problem taking things too far. This is one of those people that you just wish you never would have met at all. I look forward to reading the rest of this series. Reviewed by: Nikkea Smithers RWA Bookclub President
Harmony53 More than 1 year ago
Great job on the book Mondell! This book is well written from the beginning to the end! Keep up the GOOD job! Author Natasha Gooch
A_BMORE_REVIEW_CRITIC More than 1 year ago
M.T. Pope graces the literary scene with a burning passion to influence book lovers with his debut novel, Both Sides of the Fence. Pope has a story to tell, and oh boy, does he tell it. Manager of one of bestselling author Carl Weber's Urban Knowledge Book Stores, and an avid reader and book lover, Pope pours onto the pages of 'Both Sides of the Fence' a release of pinned-up creativity derived from his vivid imagination. As a result of his newly discovered gift of the written word, Pope delivers a mind-numbing plot and captivating characters that will eagerly satisfy the literary appetitie of his new audience. Fellow book lovers, meet Author M.T. Pope, the new prince of Urban literature. The story begins with a man scorned, continues with a man scorned on the prowl for revenge, and ends with so much drama that it must overflow into a much desired sequel. James is a man with a plan. His devilish plan is simple; get sex, get money, get revenge. After being hurt and played by a down low brother who happened to be married with children, this "good guy gone bad" vowed to NEVER be subject to the devastation and humilation EVER again. James sought out to escape his hurtful past by beginning anew; a new lease on life, a new lease on love, in a new location. James meets Shawn, a married man with two children, who appeases his sexual appetite in the down low lifestyle here and there. Unfortunately, Shawn and his family become James' new target, as he weaves an intricate and rather cunning web of lies, deception, and drama that unravels more secrets than you could ever imagine! Pope explores how sexual abuse can curse a family, how adultery can ruin a family, and how secrets can tear a family apart. Underlining the entertainment that this novel brings to the reader, Pope also reveals a valuable lesson: living your life on the down low, whether you're a man or a woman, is only a temporary veil. What is done in the dark, is bound for the light in due time. This is one down low novel that you will never forget. Trust me. Latasha Hall A Bmore Literary Reviewer/Vice President of Bmore Readers with W.I.S.D.O.M Book Club b_morereaderswithwisdom@yahoo.com
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breezybaby More than 1 year ago
This book is full of twists and turns from beginning to end! Just when you thought you knew what was going to happen the author MT Pope goes and switches it up. One of the main characters James, brings new meaning to the word payback. He makes sure everybody (let me repeat..EVERYBODY) feels all his hurts from the past. There are secrets everybody is holding from family to co-workers. Nobody is safe in this book. The author has you looking around corners making sure no one is watching you and he definetly has you thinking twice about crossing someone!! This book takes you in the life of down low men that dress in everything from suits to baggy jeans. Could you be living with one ladies? Pay close attention to how Shawn answers his questions about infidelity!! Lots of sex schenes and Big Ups for the safe sex acknowledgments!!! Mona who is married to Shawn will have you thinking she is an innocent "Claire Huxtable" wife but when her past confronts her at the front door ..let the games begin!!! Then there is Kenny an ex-con whose is attracted to men and women even though to look at him u would never know...I wont tell u what happens with Kenny all I will say is thugs got feelings too .lol..This book is a very good, easy, quick read and I cannot wait til the sequel!!! Go Buy it!! I have over 300 books and will add this to my Good pile!!! Great job MT Pope!!!
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kgorham21 More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutely amazing. Mr.Pope is an amazing author and i love it this book is great. this book is one of a kind. i am looking for more from this author. keep up the great work.
Moes_Flavah More than 1 year ago
"Both Sides of the Fence", released by new novelist, M.T. Pope, focuses on the revolving tale of "down low" men. These "down low" men have wives or girlfriends but tend to have a strong intimate desire for other men. James Parks is that other man; but is tired of being used, hurt, and disrespected. James has sworn to teach each and every one of them a lesson. I used to think that a woman scorned was nothing to play with but as this novel progressed I learned that there is a whole new ball game for payback. As much as I enjoyed this novel, I also have a few complaints. For the most part, there were some incidents that were too farfetched to believe and an abundance of grammatical and typos. But overall if you can accept some graphic disturbing homosexual scenes and enhanced demeaning acts then I would recommend "Both Sides of the Fence".
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keep-em-turnin More than 1 year ago
This book was HOTTTT!!!! from page 1 to the very last page it does not disappoint! looking for drama...sex...humor...and more drama??? this is your book!!! a true page turner for sure! cant wait to read part 2!!!
AndreaDenise More than 1 year ago
M.T. Pope 's debut, Both Sides of the Fence, is phenomenal. The storyline is scandalous yet remarkably conveyed. It's definitely not your average "down low" book. James is a manipulative bi-sexual who is left shattered by a former, deceitful lover. No longer a "sucker for love", James furiously schemes in order to obtain the luxurious lifestyle he feels he's deserving of. His only apprehension in life is keeping his outlandish, gay lifestyle from his devoted mother, fearing it would break her heart. Handsome and successful, Shawn is an attorney (soon to be Partner) with a seemingly doting wife and two precious children. It appears that he's the luckiest man on Earth but he's harboring a sordid secret. Shawn's near-perfect life begins to deteriorate after he befriends James and they embark on a turbulent affair. Shawn, believing that he's in control of the "situation" quickly discovers that's not the case. Mona, Shawn's wife, has secrets of her own. She's recently confronted with an individual from her past whose dead set on destroying her marriage. As she's tormented by this former "lover", she also sadly suspects that her loving husband is creeping with another woman. My eyes are still wide as saucers as the author has some wild imagination. Regrettably, I declined to grant it a perfect rating due to the inadequate editing. It's truly a shame because to my surprise, I absolutely enjoyed reading it. Instead, I rated Both Sides of the Fence, 4 ½ stars.
6611nhk More than 1 year ago
I'm still reading this book,and it has me saying {OMG]
Kharizmah More than 1 year ago
5 Star Review As a new author M.T. Pope did a EXCELLENT job on his debut novel. Not only did he write about a very taboo subject in the African American community he added a few twists and turns to keep your interest. Shawn and Mona have what others would view as a impeccable marriage. They have the house, kids, good family, successful career and financial security. What more could anyone ask for? Ask Mr. James Parks, he has a secret agenda and he stops at nothing to make sure each one of his goals are met. There was non-stop action from beginning to the end. There was never one boring scene in this book. Mr. Pope has a very vivid imagery that allowed the reader to actually be apart of the story. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me angry, it made me sympathetic but most importantly it make me THINK and by the end of the book I was secretly diagnosing the characters lol. Each character had secrets of their own and as we all know secrets ruin live.you have to read Both Sides of the Fence to see how. M.T. Pope keep up the good work!!! I cannot wait for Part 2. Kharizmah I Pen Designs/I Pen Books Book Reviewer www.ipendesigns.net 11/09
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AuthorMarlene More than 1 year ago
Mr. Pope you DEFINITELY did the damn thing with your debut novel! This story had me holding my breath and shaking my head with each page turn. Just when you think nothing crazier can happen with Shawn and James this author had me clutching my chest and wondering how this crazy ride was going to end. Mr. Pope painted a very vivid and exciting picture of the down low life. Overall an excellent book and I can't wait to read the sequel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books i've ever read. The characters are off the hook. it was so good i read it twice. I will looking out for the author's next book. Wow!!!!!