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Just Too Good to Be True

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  2,479 ratings  ·  131 reviews
Harris serves up a treat that will capture and enchant audiences everywhere—a big, bold, and irresistible novel about football, family, and secrets.

Brady Bledsoe and his mother, Carmyn, have a strong relationship. A single mother, faithful churchgoer, and the owner of several successful Atlanta beauty salons, Carmyn has devoted herself to her son and his dream of becoming
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Published July 15th 2008 by Random House Audio (first published January 1st 2008)
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I heard this book was a "straight" book so I had to read it. An easy & quick read. Harris does a fabulous job developing characters, establishing relationships, keeping true to 'drama' & secrets. The story deals with the relationship & bond of a mother and son, Brady & Carmyn. I was surprised to see their relationship resembled my mom & brother. Why is it boys are so close to their mothers and daughters close to their fathers? Well that relationship is torn by the 'supposed' ...more
This book was so highly anticipated by E. Lynn Harris fans such as myself.I must say I am extremely disappointed. I'm not impressed by this book at all.I knew exactly what was going to happen before it happened.His last one I Say a Little Prayer, I didn't even force myself to finish because it was so boring.I hope he does better or else I'm going to have to give up on him like I did Omar Tyree. Let's just say I'm glad this was a library book...smh
A fan of the late and great Mr. Harris works, I thought I had read everything this man had ever writen. That was until last week I got a hold of this one. The minute I opened it, I was pulled in immediately. Just too good to be true is a real page turner.

In this book skeletons were flying from everyone's closet. From Brady Bledsoes mother Carmnen changing her name to Delmar, Brady's best friend not revealing what he's doing on his part time job to make large amounts of money, this books provide
Bought this a few days ago, but have yet to start
reading it. Plan to, in the next few days....
Ok, finished reading this today. Had actually started and
stopped a few times before, because it wasn't really
"grabbing" me, but I decided to try it again, and I got
into the story. About the sacrifices a mother will make
for her son, about pasts coming back to haunt the present,
about trying to live your life for someone else, all mixed
in with football glory. I did not think I would like this
Valerie Williams
Harris serves up a treat that will capture and enchant audiences everywhere—a big, bold, and irresistible novel about football, family, and secrets. Brady Bledsoe and his mother, Carmyn, have a strong relationship. A single mother, faithful churchgoer, and the owner of several successful Atlanta beauty salons, Carmyn has devoted herself to her son and his dream of becoming a professional football player. Brady has always followed her lead, including becoming a member of the church’s "Celibacy Ci ...more
It's another E. Lynn Harris book--familiar characters, familiar plot line...good and bad are always starkly drawn just so no one gets too confused. It's been several years since I've read one of Harris's book so I enjoyed dipping into this one. But his novels are formulaic--if you like the formula, you will like the novel. It's a good read for a wintry afternoon or a quiet Friday night when you want something that won't tax the brain too much.
Typical E. Lynn Book. It's hard to say if authors writing becomes so typical of them that the books are less entertaining, or if I just mature into liking different material, of if the author really doesn't put as much effort into them. So the book was mildly entertaining, but certainly no Invisible Life, but maybe I should read Invisible Life at this age and see how I feel about it.
Mar 30, 2010 Gail rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: E. Lynn Harris fans.
I didn't think that this one was quite up to his usual standards of off the chain/over the back fence gossip greatness, but there is no question -- it is definitely juicy!
When the author died a couple weeks ago, a friend lent this to me. This book had an interesting plot, but the writing and plot development felt very basic and unsophisticated.
CMac G
Very implausible story line with too gullible and oblivious characters; too many "small world coincidences". Too much sexual content for my taste. Very superficial story of the depth of a tv sit com.virtually every vice on the planet from insurance fraud to male striping. Needs a better editor - eg., cry easy tears or with his held low.

Synopsis: super star football college senior and his celibacy focused single mom try to navigate the trials of gold diggers, corrupt agents and NFL payday promise
Yes, it's complete Jackie Collins trash, poorly written, trite, etc. But I liked it. I'm so ashamed.
Aug 30, 2008 Lisa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
OMG, this book was FANTASTIC! E. Lynn Harris never disappoints. A definite must read.
Aquaflore Yu
I wouldn't have enjoyed it as much if it wasn't an audio book.
Yes that's right, I'm giving this audiobook 5 freaking stars. As one character in the book describes the main plot "this is like the CW network met the Lifetime network". It's a fun roller coaster of a soap opera about a college football star, his beloved single mother, and a shady sports agency trying to use any means necessary to sign him and get a crack at his future NFL money.

What I especially liked about Harris's writing is the fact that even if a character was "bad" or initially seemed on
Nandi Crawford
Although I live in the south, and Roll Tide and Tiger(Alabama and Auburn respectively) fever reign supreme here in Alabama, I can somehow relate to the sports theme of this novel. But what I could get with is the mother/son relationship of this novel. Carmyn was in a terrible predicament. She got cut off from all she was familiar with. Yet, she moved on and had a son, started a business, expanded it into two businesses, and make a good living. That is what I call making lemonade outta lemons, wh ...more
Author: E Lynn Harris

Title: Just Too Good to be True

Genre: Multi-cultural

Publication Date: 2003

Number of Pages: 336 (audio: 9 hours, 52 minutes)

Geographical Setting: Georgia

Time Period: Present

Series (If applicable):

Plot Summary: Brady Bledsoe is the only son of single mother Carmyn Bledsoe and the star senior on his college football team. They are very close and Carmyn is proud of the fact that Brady has been involved in their church and is part of the “Celibacy Circle”. As his final football
I am a very big E. Lynn Harris fan, so when I heard this book was coming out, I was excited. I was hoping to read about Basil and Raymond, my two favorite characters from Harris' novels. I cheated and flipped through the pages only to find that Basil was only in a few chapters and Raymond was nowhere to be found. Also, there were no major gay characters with issues and drama. So, I was disappointed.

However, as I read, I began to relate to Brady and all of the charaters that did sppear in the boo
Tracy Darity
Dec 18, 2009 Tracy Darity rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Yes
Just Too Good To Be True was another enjoyable read by the late E. Lynn Harris. The story is about a teenage mother who is disowned by her parents when she refuses to give-up her baby. Fast-forward twenty years and the baby is now a leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy and a shoe-in for a first round draft pick.

Brady Bledsoe was enjoying being a potential first-round draft pick for the NFL, but with unscrupulous agents seeking their next great star and stopping at nothing to get his signatu
E. Lynn is back and he has written another great book. This time around he focuses on a college athlete who is on the right path, being a stand up man, dedicated son, and good man. He is destined to become the next big star and like all major players, the scouts are out. One in particular is willing to do anything it takes to get Brady, legally or illegally. There are other subplots that play into the development such as Brady's mothers' past and a mother who comes back just to get rich, among o ...more
this book is about a boy named Brady Bledsoe. brady is about to go places. He is a senior in college, a superstar on the football field and a contender for the Heisman Trophy with a likely future in the NFL. He is also a practicing Christian and belongs to a group called "Saving Ourselves" for those who are remaining celibate until they marry. His relationship with his mother Carmyn --- who is single and a very successful businesswoman. Then along comes Barrett, a beautiful woman who is targetin ...more
Thank goodness for audiobooks. As a regular read this would not have held my attention. Just as I was about to give up on the audio version the ONLY unpredictable thing happened so I listened until the end. By the way, that "thing" had little to no impact on the rest of the story. **Sigh**
2 Stars or 3 Stars, that is the question. I bought this book the DAY before E. Lynn Harris passed away and that made me want to read it even more. I wish I could give this book a great review but I just can't. I was so disappointed. I thought this book would awesome based on the first couple of chapters but nope. The only reason I continued to read on was because I don't like starting something and not finishing it plus I was waiting for all of the secrets to come out. Granted, this book was a q ...more
This book explores the world of college and sometimes hits on professional athletics. More specifically it looks at one young man and his life in the world of college football. It also looks into a sordid past that he has no idea about, but discovers the whole truth by the end of the book. It is an okay read. There were parts that I couldn't put it down and there were other parts that I wanted to just skip over. What I learned from this book is that that some women and some men are just plain na ...more
I thought this was a good book, good story but...either it moved too fast, or it had too many subplots to address any of them fully.

Honestly this could have been several different books, or perhaps a series. What about the Godfather? What's really going on with Delmar? What's the deal with Carmyn and Sylvester? And, what is going on with that hot mess Maybelline?

Characters float in and "do stuff" with no real explanatiion, and problems dissolve in a blink of an eye.

So, it was good, but not grea
George Hamblen
E. Lynn was a terrific and compelling author. Great relationship storyteller. Fun read. This book introduced me to Hassirs' work.
Beth Wilson
there is probably a lot of truth to this book of the challenge young, aspiring athletes on the verge of going pro struggle with.
Jasmine McGee
I'm a huge E. Lynn Harris fan, but this book just was a hit and miss in my opinion. From a fiction standpoint and literary analysis (I'm an English major) the characters just felt completely flat and not dimensional. I felt as though the story just rushed by so quickly and the characters didn't have much legitimate backstory that could captivate the readers. It just felt sort of blah at moments, then the low moments were made up for with steamy sexy segments; but that isn't enough to propel a bo ...more
Winter Sophia  Rose
An Emotional Story With Secrets & Lies!
Reese Anderson
One of my favorites. Read it twice.
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E. Lynn Harris was born in Flint, Michigan and raised, along with three sisters, in Little Rock, Arkansas. He attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville where he was the school's first black yearbook editor, the first black male Razorbacks cheerleader, and the president of his fraternity. He graduated with honors with a degree in journalism.

Harris sold computers for IBM, Hewlett-Packard,
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