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That Devil's No Friend of Mine
     

That Devil's No Friend of Mine

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by J. D. Mason
 

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When Bishop Fontaine passed away he left behind more than a list of good deeds. He was known as a caring friend and doting father. . .but he was also manipulative and controlling, especially to those he loved. His death begins to unravel deep secrets and shocking desires among the people he cared about the most. . .

His daughter, Kristine, feels that with her

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When Bishop Fontaine passed away he left behind more than a list of good deeds. He was known as a caring friend and doting father. . .but he was also manipulative and controlling, especially to those he loved. His death begins to unravel deep secrets and shocking desires among the people he cared about the most. . .

His daughter, Kristine, feels that with her father’s death she is finally free. His best friend and business partner, Lamar, feels that now can finally have what he has longed for all these years: Kristine. His protégé, Cole, the boxing champion and rising star, married a woman Bishop never approved of and may have been right about. Rayne, the blues singer and ex-junkie relied on Bishop to keep her clean and is now slipping down a dark path without him. And Rhonda, Lamar’s wife, is determined to ignore what has been unfolding in front of her if it means that her predictable life will go unchanged. And then a newcomer steps onto the scene and threatens to turn everything upside down.

Five very different people whose lives are only connected by Bishop suddenly find themselves up close and personal as desires, dreams and passions collide.

Editorial Reviews

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"Mason has become a major name in African American fiction. Her stark portrayals of her characters and their innermost thoughts bring the readers right into the emotional center of the story. Those who enjoy Carl Weber and Eric Jerome Dickey will add Mason to their list of favorites." —Booklist

"Bishop Fontaine is a huge presence in the lives of his friends and family, and Mason adeptly shows how his death has an equally powerful impack on them. Diverse emotions flow across the pages, and readers will savor the intimacies and storylines that make this novel an exceptional offering." —Romantic Times BOOKreviews

"Bittersweet tale of how one manipulative man's death impacts the lives of others; masterfully told." —Fresh Fiction

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312368852
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
03/17/2009
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 5.84(h) x 1.18(d)

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That Devil's No Friend of Mine



By Mason, J. D.
St. Martin's Press
Copyright © 2009

Mason, J. D.
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ISBN: 9780312368852


HE’D CHAIN-SMOKE HER IF HE COULD

Tauris Diggs sat in the back of the room, cloaked in darkness, sipping on gin and tonic, taking her in an inch at a time. Rayne was built like rhythms, with flowing lines curving into hips, thighs, and ass. She didn't have much on top, but it didn't matter. Tauris glanced around the room wondering if anyone in that audience could see his fingerprintson her skin. Could they see the impression his lips had left on hers? No. And it was all well and good, too, because these people weren't grown enough to bear witness to the kind of shit he and Rayne did in private.

Sweet comic valentine

You make me smile with my heart

Addictions were dangerous. Addictions to a woman like Rayne Fitzgerald were lethal and he figured out months ago that he was a lost cause beyond salvation, destined to go belly up at her feet when the time came. Her shit was that good. Rayne was hell to deal with sometimes, but that bad-ass attitude of hers just seemed too much like right paired with the rest of her. She was a walking, talking, blues ballad. The kind that made you cry and left you wanting more just so you could cry again. Tauris was a fool over her, and she knew it. And that was the worst part.

Your lips are laughable

Unphotographable

She was breathtaking in white. White against her blue-black skinlooked sacred and mystic. Rayne worked the hell out of it, too, swaying her hips slowly back and forth, as the light bounced off each and every sequin on that gown, hypnotizing and lulling people into the spell that was her. Rayne's long locks were piled high on her head like a crown, and full, moist lips circled every syllable that came from her mouth.

"People want magic when you get up on that stage," she'd explained to him. "They listen for it and look for it. Sequins, a sick-ass melody, some soul coming up from your gut and out of your mouth—throw in some booze and the whole scene unfolds like a dream right in front of their eyes," she winked and smiled. "That's what I do for a living, baby. I make dreams come true."

She sure was making his come true when she wasn't treating him like a reject. Hot one minute, cold the next, Rayne dismissed him when she was through, then snapped her fingers and whistled when she needed him. Tauris swore he wasn't going to keep putting up with her, but of course he did. And he would keep on until she decided to stop snapping flngers and whistling for him. They both knew that.

He wouldn't have taken that kind of behavior from any other woman, but then, Rayne wasn't just any woman. Standing back watching the crowd, he caught more than one man salivating at the sight of her. Hell, even a few women in the room stared at her like she was a meal.

"I want you to wait for me after the show," she'd told him earlier. Rayne's gritty and worn voice was deep and Southern, even when she wasn't singing, and it comforted him and seduced him, drawing him in like a lullaby.

He didn't respond, thinking he could outplay her in this game between them where she made up the rules as she went along. Play it hard, man, he told himself. Don't be a punk and give in so easily. Make her sweat. Tell her you've got something to do.

She seemed to sense this small internal war he waged inside himself, and she turned from her reflection in the mirror, walked over to where he stood, and ran her finger lightly across his lower lip, then kissed the corner of his mouth. "Come on, Tauris," she whispered. Rayne took his lip between her teeth, and bit down slightly. "I need you to night, baby. What? You gonna make me beg for it?"

Women like her were a luxury. The best most men could ever do was to jack off to the fantasy of her. Rayne was that rare exotic jewel that few would ever get to put their hands on, and here she was, practically begging for him. He didn't need to bother saying yes. She saw his answer in his eyes and felt it in his pants. Rayne laughed mockingly, patted his cheek, and left him sitting in her dressing room.

"This next little number is dedicated to a good friend of mine," she spoke to the crowd, and then winked in his direction. "It's off my last CD, a song written by Joel Lewis and Tammy Jacobs, and it's called, 'Too Much Woman for You.' "

The audience howled and clapped. Tauris shifted uneasily in his seat.

"But don't worry, baby," she smiled at him, making it obvious to anyone who was paying attention that he was on her radar. "I promise to take it easy on you."

Everyone in the room laughed. Rayne laughed the loudest. Tauris didn't laugh at all. He just took another sip from his glass, and tried not to look offended.

Excerpted from THAT'S DEVIL'S NO FRIEND OF MINE by J.D.MASON

Copyright © 2009 by J.D.Mason

Published in 2009 by St.Martin's Press

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Meet the Author

J.D. MASON is the author of YOU GOTTA SIN TO GET SAVED, THIS FIRE DOWN IN MY SOUL, DON'T WANT NO SUGAR, AND ON THE EIGTH DAY SHE RESTED, and ONE DAY I SAW A BLACK KING. She lives in Denver, Colorado with her two children.

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That Devil's No Friend of Mine 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
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You wont be able to put it down!!!!! Teaches great lessons
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DarleneGinn-Hargrove More than 1 year ago
IF I HAD TO SUM THIS BOOK UP IN ONE WORD IT WOULD BE BOUNDARIES. IF YOU LOOK AT EVERY COUPLE IN THIS BOOK, THEY ALL PUSHED THE BOUNDARIES IN THEIR RELATIONSHIPS, AND HAD TO DEAL WITH THE CONSEQUENCES OF THEIR ACTIONS. THERE IS ALOT OF LEASONS TO LEARN FROM THIS BOOK. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK. IT WAS A GOOD READ.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love J.D. Masons books and while this one was a read that didn't lose my interest it was not one of my favorites. The characters were definitely "out there", so to speak. Though how they are all tied together through the man who dies is kind of interesting.
OOSABookClub More than 1 year ago
Bishop Fontaine is dead. While others are mourning his death, his only child, 29-year-old Kristine, is secretly rejoicing. She's not rejoicing the loss of his life, but rather the birth of her freedom. No more curfews. No more drab, homey clothing. No more oppression. A chance to have friends, and more importantly - a man! Lamar Brown, Bishop's friend and business partner, also sees the death of Bishop as a form of freedom - freedom to pursue the one thing he wants most, Kristine Fontaine. Despite his love, loyalty and respect for Bishop, not to mention his own wife, he can't shake his feelings for Kristine. Rhonda Brown has had her suspicions. She's always hoped that they were unfounded. After all, She stepped in and played role of mother to Kristine after the death of her mother. Kristine even calls her husband, Lamar, Uncle Lamar. They're practically family, right? But that doesn't stop the nagging feeling that there is something more there between her husband and Kristine. Bishop Fontaine held a special place in Rayne Fitzgerald's heart. Four years ago he helped to get the monkey off her back - heroin to be exact. Once a junkie, Rayne is now a blues singer on the track to bigger things. And she has Bishop to thank for that. With him now gone, is she strong enough to keep that monkey off her back? A role model is what Bishop was to Cole `The Hammer' Burkette, a pro boxer. Even with the fortune and fame, he was someone Cole could always talk to, be encouraged by, and aspire to be like. Without his mentor, is Cole down for the count? One man...Five lives. "That Devil's No Friend of Mine" spends its energy exploring the tension, uncertainty and growth in its characters. This intriguing novel works on many levels, touching on the themes of drug abuse, molestation, love, life and death. Mason delivers a highly enjoyable account of five lives influenced by the life and death of one person. "That Devil's No Friend of Mine" is a book worth taking a look at. Reviewed by: Toni
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