The Business of Lovers by Eric Jerome Dickey

August 12, 2020

We're complicated creatures. All of us are. Yet we are simple, almost predictable, at the same time.

The Business of Lovers by Eric Jerome DickeyAll is fair in love and lust in New York Times bestselling author Eric Jerome Dickey's tale of two brothers, four women, and the business of desire.

Unlike their younger brother André, whose star as a comedian is rising, neither Dwayne nor Brick Duquesne is having luck with his career--and they're unluckier still in love. Former child star Dwayne has just been fired from his latest acting role and barely has enough money to get by after paying child support to his spiteful former lover, while Brick struggles to return to his uninspiring, white-collar job after suffering the dual blows of a health emergency and a nasty breakup with the woman he still loves.

Neither brother is looking to get entangled with a woman anytime soon, but love--and lust--has a way of twisting the best-laid plans. When Dwayne tries to reconnect with his teenaged son, he finds himself fighting to separate his animosity from his attraction for his son's mother, Frenchie. And Brick's latest source of income--chauffeur and bodyguard to three smart, independent women temporarily working as escorts in order to get back on their feet--opens a world of possibility in both love and money. Penny, Christiana, and Mocha Latte--a college student, Cuban refugee, and out-of-work engineer, respectively--know plenty of female johns who would pay top dollar for a few hours with a man like Brick . . . if he can let go of his past, embrace his unconventional new family, and allow strangers to become lovers.

Eric Jerome Dickey paints a powerful portrait of the family we have, the families we create, and every sexy moment in between.

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Brick and Dwayne Duquesne aren't having the best of luck in life right now. While their little brother is finding success as a comedian, they're forced to take a new look at life and love.

Brick is an educated black man who climbed the corporate ladder until life knocked him off his feet. His pseudo-fiancee left him a broken man, dealing with one of life's greatest burdens and wondering if he'll ever find the kind of love he's been looking for. Dwayne was a child star who took his fame into adulthood, but his glory is fading. The baby mama drama he has had to deal with didn't help and when his ex starts making rumblings about new worries, he's left struggling and trying to figure out how to be the best dad he can be for his son when he himself didn't have the best example.

Told primarily from Brick's perspective, The Business of Lovers highlighted the lives, the loves, the strengths, the flaws, the triumphs, and the pitfalls that built these intriguing characters, creating a multi-faceted dynamic that I couldn't look away from. Whether it was compassion or understanding that pulled me in, it was the unique voice of the narrator that kept me there.


Eric Jerome Dickey is the author of twelve novels, including the bestsellers Genevieve, Drive Me Crazy, Naughty or Nice, The Other Woman, and Thieves' Paradise. Dickey writes full time and is developing a six-issue mini-series of comic books for Marvel Enterprises featuring Storm (X-Men) and the Black Panther. His novel Naughty or Nice has been optioned by Lionsgate Films.



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