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An Accidental Affair [With Earbuds]

3.46 of 5 stars 3.46  ·  rating details  ·  762 ratings  ·  153 reviews
Obsession. Intrigue. Murder. New York Times bestselling author Eric Jerome Dickey once again “pushes romance and deceit to the next level” (USA Weekend), in this tantalizing tale of a high-profile marriage rocked by an unhappy accident: infidelity.

James Thicke is a man whose mysterious past runs as deep as his violent streak. He's channeled the intensity of his soul into t...more
Published April 17th 2012 by Playaway
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Shh I'm reading!
Full disclosure: I am a former fan of EJD. I loved his earlier work, but started noticing a formula to his books that left me more frustrated than pleased when I finished. After Genevieve and Chasing Destiny, I swore I wouldn't pick up another EJD book, because he didn't have likeable characters and the vaguely incestuous relationships (everyone sleeps with everyone else!) were irritating. Fast forward 6 years, and his latest read is available as a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. Has his style c...more
Kim
EJD is quite possibly a literary genius. He has a special way with words that really make you think while reading, read and re-read sentences 3 or 4 times over because they are just that astounding. This story was a powerful page turner. From the very first page he brought you into James Thicke's world; and what a crazy world it was. James Thicke, or part time "Varg Veum" was the most diabolically sane hero that I have read. He was really flying by the seat of his pants, but was secretly calcula...more
kisha
I am a person who is a die hard fan of EJD. But his last two books are soooo disappointing. Especially this one. Anyone who is a fan of the Gideon series like myself wouldnt enjoy this book. I have this thing where if I start a book I must finish it, but in this case I couldnt. I stopped a little past halfway. He is known for being a fast-paced writer and this book was sooo slow as it was boring. Even halfway through the book I couldnt figure out a good solid plot. He doesnt seem to do anything...more
Malika
Oh boy. Wanted to like this book. I'll prove it:

At 10% read, the book was 4 Stars for me.
By 50% read, the book was 3.
At 100% read, I'm down to 2.

I am continually impressed by the creativity of EJD. But the uber-fit, hard-brawling, well-endowed super-loverman shtick has inflated to a level where "bravado" dominates page upon page of text where there should've been plot.

I'll prove that one too:
You know the wife cheated by page 2.
James will have 3 sex partners, and an recollection of a 4th by page...more
Lashanna Richardson
This is by far one of THE worst books I've ever read! I have been a huge fan of EJD in the past do I couldn't believe what I was reading. The only reason I read as far as I did was because I usually always finish a book. In this case I couldn't continue on after page 300 so I ended up doing a high level skim of the last 30 pages. So what didn't I like about this book? To start, all of the incomplete sentences and thoughts in the book were just over done. I understand that he was giving us a look...more
OOSA
Don’t Believe Your Lying Eyes

It’s one thing for your mate to cheat on you and you have to deal with that hurt in private. It’s another thing when the world witnesses your mate cheating on you. Welcome to James Thicke’s world, a successful screenwriter married to Hollywood’s sweetheart. When a scene from an upcoming movie becomes all too real, James’ world is turned and flipped upside down. He can run, but not too far as the world is privy to his shame with TV, Youtube and social networking sites...more
Shakir Rashaan
EJD is BACK!

I'll admit I purposely skipped Tempted by Trouble because a few other die-hard fans were really not impressed with that book, so bridging from Resurrecting Midnight to An Accidental Affair was perfect for me!

The fact that this book was rooted in Hollywood - not the glitz and glamour Hollywood, but the dirty, nasty, underhanded Hollywood - was an absolutely perfect backdrop for the types of things that went on in this novel.

James Thicke was yet another arresting character from EJD's...more
Diane
I won this one on a first-reads giveaway. It has been years since I have read a book of this type, so I am probably going to date myself here . . . but this puts me in mind of books I used to read from Harold Robbins, Jacqueline Susann, or Jackie Collins. If you like books about the seedy side of Hollywood, and that have lots and lots of raunchy and random sex, this one is for you. This is a book about what people will do to get to the top and stay there. Literally everyone in this book is corru...more
Robert Carraher
An Accidental Affair

Once again, Eric Jerome Dickey has written a genre bending, a genre ‘blending’ story that is chalk full of danger, intrigue, mysterious characters with shady motives, murder, intrigue, moral lessons and obsession. Oh, and there’s sex. Lots of graphic, erotic, steamy, sweaty, climatic earth quaking sex. But, as the main protagonist James Thicke cautions, “When they, anyone, only talk about the sex, that is a gross under-estimation of what the material is about, and that takes...more
Chavon
This is by far the worse book I've read by EJD...and I have read all of his novels except Tempted by Trouble. I could not connect with any of the characters. Not to mention his lackluster descriptions. I have no clue what James looks like, or Regina and she is supposed to be stunning. The vague description he did provide, she sounded pretty average to me. Also, there were 3 grammatical errors in the book which I found a little shocking. And while the writing style remained the same (for the most...more
R
This was a forced reading...a book club selection. No literary worth whatsoever and no likeable characters really, but an easy & quick read nonetheless. I didn't care about any of the self-absorbed characters and I found myself praying for quick deaths for all of them, if only to make the book end faster.

After recently reading the 50 Shades trilogy, I can say that I much prefer sex scenes from a woman writer. Huge difference in perspective and EJD did nothing for me in this respect. In fact,...more
Dave B.
I always enjoy the Dickey writing style and his great one liners. My favorite quote: ‘I don’t allow people to pick my mind…..I don’t like the idea of fools going on expedition inside of my head” Great lines like this make the reading fun and easy. I also get the underlying moral of the story that a person’s life is very open when he or she is famous. The media overload adds more stress to very personal issues like marital affairs. This often distorts the situations in very harmful ways. With tha...more
Gail
If I could rate this less than 1, I surely would. Not much of a plot, close to pornographic in addition to poor grammar. I couldn't even finish the book - it was disgusting. I just finally skipped to the very predictable last chapter just to see what happened. Amazed me that he's the best selling author of nineteen novels. I thought this book was trash and would never read any more of his books. If you're into explicit sex scenes and constant foul language, read it. It was repulsive to me, and I...more
Debra Odom
I struggled with reading this book simply because it was written by Eric Jerome Dickey. I did not enjoy reading this book. Will the real Eric Jerome Dickey please stand up! I really enjoyed his early writings. The last couple such as Pleasure and this one leaves me bewildered. I think that this book has the potential of being a really good read but for some reason I did not connect with the characters. I could not get a good picture of who they were. This may very well be the last book I read fr...more
Sylvia Hester
My all time favorite writer has done it again. It had me gripped in the storyline form the first word. Who would have thought Hollywood was so diabolical as he made it? Betrayal, lust, affairs, and murder this story had it all. With many twist to bring you back in when he thought he might lose you.
Kema
I am a BIG EJD fan, but I am not at all fond of the Gideon series. So this book seems to be the EJD I love! I CAN NOT wait to get this. Sounds like the perfect book for my mini get-away!!
Brandi
Felt as if too much was going on. I'm not sure who Mr. Dickey's target audience is anymore it seems as if he's trying to please too many people at once.
Shelley
EJD's recent works all seem to follow the same pattern (at least the last two I have read.) Someone commits a crime, then spends the rest of the book on the run. All the characters are the same, just different names.

In this one, writer James Thicke, flies into a violent rage, attacking Johnny Handsome, who had sex with James' wife, famous actress Regina Baptiste, on camera. James then flees away to an apartment complex, where he gives a fake name and has sex with many of the women in the buildin...more
Zarinah
I really am a true fan of Eric Jerome Dickey this book tethered on 2 to 3 star in the first 160 or so pages just because the scene was being set for so long that I was getting bored with Varg Veum. I was so bored but also intrigued. This story reminded me of "a painted house". The characters were highly developed and there was overall anticipation as to what will happen in the end with regina Baptiste and James Thicke. I say around 200 pages things got a bit more interesting and piece by piece t...more
Author Lesley Hal
Jun 10, 2012 Author Lesley Hal rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: anyone who loves great writing, intrigue, drama and action
Accidental. Incidental. On Purpose. Doesn't Matter.


In Accidental Affair, James Thicke's world is turned upside down when he learns along with the world that his wife Regina Baptiste has slept with action star hero Johnny Handsome during the filming of one of his scripts. The vile act is played out with the media fueling the fire that leads to catastrophic descisions, consequences and ultimately, undoable destruction.

Meanwhile, Regina is M.I.A. James beats the living crap of of action star hero J...more
Lyric Allen
This book disappointed me, and I believe it is the first EJD book that I forced myself to finish. Actually, _Tempted by Trouble_ was difficult for me to read, too.

I must admit I love the Gideon series and I can't wait for the next book. (There will be another book in the Gideon series, right? I hope so.). EJD's latest works just doesn't seem like authentic EJD. The voice, the characters, the writing styles...something is off to me, and I can't pinpoint it exactly.

I may revisit this novel but I...more
Tammy
I Love EJD. That's the only reason I can like this book. I found it hard to connect to any of the characters. The plot is well developed but that thing that makes you like a character is missing. It was nice to see/read Driver again. The take on Hollywood was mildly thought-provoking, but didn't help me like the book anymore. Still a fan and still looking forward to the next EJD book, but hoping its not a sequel to this one.
Michael
1.5 stars.

I honestly don't know what to say about this novel. I think it may be best to file this under speciality for those who particularly enjoy reading smut.

My history with Eric Jerome Dickey is brief. I used to enjoy his dramatic love soap opera novels maybe fifteen years ago. Same ol' red kool-aid waiting to exhale type stuff. The drama involved with Love, Sex, Money, Respect and Power...nothin new.

Here it seems EJD has left this old framework and good for him. I can appreciate an autho...more
Ayanna Meekins
I marked "read" but the reality is I didn't get past the 9th chapter. Aside from the steamy sex scenes this book was filled with uninteresting drama. The character-build-up was weak resulting in unappealing and unappalling would-be dramatic scenarios. I think the author wanted an astonishing and shocking story line. Sorry to say it was nothing short of ridiculous.
Anna


I like the old EJD better. All these extra sex scenes he has been throwing into his newer books kinda irks me. Plot was just okay. Just meh. And I miss how he used to sign his acknowledgments with '06. Lol
Tecumsia
typical e.j. dickey book. great sex scenes, and action throughout. it was a quick read, but i always have to read something mentally stimulating after his books just to feel better about myself. just me.
Kaskha
I was very disappointed in this book. There was just too much going on. I'm glad that I've read other books by EJD and I know that he is a great writer.
Lance Carlson
semi interesting plot and well written but.......very ugly side of glitz and glamor.....didnt like any of the character with the exception of driver.
Alicia


This book wasn't all that great. Honestly, all of his books are starting to be the same.
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Eric Jerome Dickey was born in Memphis, Tennessee and attended the University of Memphis (the former Memphis State), where he earned his degree in Computer System Technology. In 1983, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in engineering.

After landing a job in the aerospace industry as a software developer, Eric Jerome Dickey's artistic talents surfaced, inspiring him to become an actor and a...more
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