A Taste of Honey [NOOK Book]

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Honey Height learned early in life that her beauty and bedroom prowess are powerful, almost beyond her control. Forced by events that leave her to fend for herself as a teenager, she evolves into a money-hungry vixen as an adult. Using her physical attributes to lead a suspect lifestyle, Honey treats men like toys—good for a while, but always disposable.

That is until she meets handsome and charismatic Khalil Graves, an up-and-coming filmmaker who's desperately trying to escape ...

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Overview

Honey Height learned early in life that her beauty and bedroom prowess are powerful, almost beyond her control. Forced by events that leave her to fend for herself as a teenager, she evolves into a money-hungry vixen as an adult. Using her physical attributes to lead a suspect lifestyle, Honey treats men like toys—good for a while, but always disposable.

That is until she meets handsome and charismatic Khalil Graves, an up-and-coming filmmaker who's desperately trying to escape the demons of his painful childhood. Already engaged, Khalil can't seem to shake his attraction to Honey. What he doesn't realize is that he's a pawn in Honey's plan for revenge.

Honey's attempt at vengeance quickly unravels, complicated by her possible involvement in a murder and a devious plot to score a payday lucrative enough to free her from her unsavory lifestyle.

In A Taste of Honey, Essence bestselling author Darren Coleman delivers another sizzling, drama-filled tale that is sure to take his reputation for delivering page-turners to another level.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061755224
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 588,406
  • File size: 650 KB

Meet the Author

Darren Coleman is the author of Before I Let Go and Don't Ever Wonder. A former elementary-school teacher, he is now a full-time writer and coaches in a youth football league. He lives in Bowie, Maryland.

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First Chapter

A Taste of Honey
A Novel

Chapter One

June 1992

From Hailey to Honey

This nervousness was different from what I felt the day when I'd let J.D. stick his hands inside my panties while we rode the Metro bus home from school down Georgia Avenue through the heart of the nation's capital. J.D. had been my first boyfriend and for as much as I could at that point in my life, I loved him. I'd been willing to let him explore my body bit by bit until the day when we went all the way on the top bunk in his bedroom. He was my first. I was his third, but his inexperience left me with no real clue as to why sex was so damned important. Even after a year of sexing every chance we got I was still looking for the fireworks, wondering why J.D. could never last for more than two minutes. I'd actually wondered what I was doing wrong.

At the hands of the man standing a few feet away from me, finally I was feeling something. Just watching Manny take his shirt off I could feel my temperature rising. I truly had knots in my stomach as my heart fluttered like a butterfly on speed.

"Fine-ass" Manny, as me and my girlfriends called him, lived with Cheron in the apartment across the hall. Cheron was like a glamour girl to me, which made it understandable why she barely spoke to any of us young girls who routinely camped out in front of the building. She moved in a rush it seemed whenever she went out in her red Camry coupe. Stealing glimpses of her was like a major event, since she was always dressed in the latest fashion, rocking seven-hundred-dollar purses, diamonds in her ears and on her wrist. It was easy to see why she'd landed a guylike Manny. She was beautiful, hip, and fly. If for no other reason than the fact that she was always so well put together, she was like a hero to me. Even still, one glance at him and you knew that he could have had any girl he wanted, including Cheron. He looked like he'd crawled out the pages of a magazine with his bronze skin, chiseled chest, and curly hair.

I figured he was at least twenty, too old for me to be looking at him the way I did but I couldn't help myself. None of my friends could. Usually, I'd come home from school and he'd be home out front wiping down his car, which was a brand-new Benz. Sometimes he'd be sitting on his porch reading a Final Call or a Vibe magazine while listening to music through the screen door. The entire year that they'd lived there, all he did was smile at me until the day he saw me in a miniskirt I'd borrowed from my best friend, Rorrie.

That was the day he'd looked down at me from his balcony as I headed up the short walk to the door and asked, "Shorty, what's your name?"

A part of me was so shocked that he'd actually spoken to me that I nearly ignored him and headed into the building, up the steps and into my apartment. The other part of me was hoping that this man had really graced me with his voice, so I answered in a near whisper, "Hailey."

"Hailey," he said as he took a huge gulp from a Styrofoam cup he'd placed on the porch next to his chair. "What time your mother come home from work?"

"She'll be here about six," I answered, wondering why he wanted to know.

He nodded and a slight grin appeared on his face. "Come up here for a second," he commanded as if I'd truly known him or had some type of relationship with him. He'd beckoned me to his apartment and there was not a hint of doubt in his voice that I'd come.

I'd climbed those stairs nervously and now here I was. From the moment I walked through the door it had felt like I'd stepped into the Twilight Zone. Briefly I had admired their apartment. It wasn't plain like ours. I thought the black carpet and white leather couches looked rich. The walls were painted in oranges, reds, and yellows, and they even had a big-screen television that was showing videos on BET, with a stereo on top of it that was blasting Jodeci's latest, "Feenin'."

Manny had sat me on that couch long enough to break down for me what was about to happen. "Hailey, I see how you and your friends look at me. I also know you're still in high school. I was going to wait until you graduated, but looking at you I can tell that you're ready to become a woman. I've also seen your little boyfriend sneak in and out of your house so I know you ain't no virgin."

His words were so silky-smooth but it didn't even matter. The entire time I only watched his face as he spoke, the sounds that came out of it were irrelevant until he leaned in and kissed me for the first time.

Fifteen minutes later the room was spinning as my clothes came flying off. I knew I had to be crazy up in the bed that they slept in, but where he led, I was willing to follow.

I wasn't a freak, a whore, or even a sex fiend like so many of the girls I knew, but I had given in to Manny so easily that I didn't understand it. He'd pulled the curtains in the room so that it had darkened to the point where I could only see shadows of him. He told me to relax and I tried. His kisses felt good on my neck and his massaging of my breast had my body on fire. Then he did something that was unexpected.

A Taste of Honey
A Novel
. Copyright © by Darren Coleman. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted December 13, 2008

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    I did not want to put this book down. It kept me intrigued from beginning to end. The author made you feel as if you knew "Honey" even if you didn't agree with the things she did, so you almost empathized with her in a lot of the situations she encountered. I wouldn't have asked for anything more from this book. This is a "must read" and a definite keeper.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2008

    THIS BOOK IS AWESOME

    I read this book cover to cover without being able to put it down...Daren coleman did a phenomenomal job i definitely look forward to reading his other books.....

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2007

    Great all through out!!

    When i finished reading this book, i wondered so badly why only 1 person reveiewed before me (assuming not too many people have read this book) This book is awesome! Entriging, great on sexual description, good story line and great ending!!!! I definetly recommend

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2007

    He Did It Again!!

    I am a huge fan of male authors such as EJD. However, Darren Coleman is awesome as well!! This is the second book I've read by him and they were both excellent!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2012

    Must read

    This book was a page turner. I couldn't put it down. Honey is a likeable character despite her actions. Can't wait for the next book. If the description was not enough to make you read it I am telling you it is worth it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted November 10, 2012

    Lieutenant Jake

    "Goo!!!!!!!!! He yells and the helicopter flies to Halo res. 1

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    Posted November 7, 2012

    Next book

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