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Karyn is beautiful, educated, independent, and seems to have limitless possibilities when she meets Thomas. Handsome, educated and successful, Karyn is elated to have found the man of her dreams. The two hit it off and quickly start a whirlwind romance. No sooner than she falls in love with him, she discovers that he's not the man she thought he was.
Forced to decide whethe
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Paperback, 346 pages
Published June 18th 2012 by Basin St Books
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OOSA
Dec 16, 2012 OOSA rated it really liked it
What Goes Around

When Karyn met Thomas she was a single, educated, independent woman who thought she had found her knight in shining armor. She soon learned two valuable lessons: all that glitters is not gold and if he cheats with you, he will cheat on you. Pregnant and wanting to believe his lies she takes him back and enters a hell she never imagined. Escaping the madness seems more that Karyn can handle alone. She finds comfort and escape with her best friend’s help and an unexpected ally. Wil
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African Americans on the Move Book Club
I enjoyed every minute of this book. I received this book yesterday afternoon and finished it the next day, needless to say it was definitely a page turner! It was so well written you can tell the author really took her time in writing this story. This book was filled with drama, lies, and so much betrayal.

Karyn who is the main character is very beautiful and has no problem with getting the attention from men, but she usually doesn’t pay them any mind, that is until she meets Thomas, who after
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Brandi Butler
Sep 09, 2012 Brandi Butler rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: domestic violence victims and all young and mature women that have been in a bad relationship
This book was very good I couldn't put it down! From the first page I was drawn in and I kept reading to see what would happen next. Karyn is the main character and a lot of women can relate to her, in my case when I was much younger and immature. She's young and has her entire future to look forward to but she falls in love with the wrong man. She irritated me when she kept going back to her husband but that's what made it realistic I dont know too many women who are deep in love or in abusive ...more
Tiffany
Jul 20, 2012 Tiffany rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed every minute of this book. I received this book yesterday afternoon and finished it the next day, needless to say it was definitely a page turner! It was so well written you can tell the author really took her time in writing this story. This book was filled with drama, lies, and so much betrayal.

Karyn who is the main character is very beautiful and has no problem with getting the attention from men, but she usually doesn’t pay them any mind, that is until she meets Thomas, who after
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Foresight Literary Lounge
Jan 21, 2013 Foresight Literary Lounge rated it it was amazing
LIFE & DEATH DECISIONS

When Karyn meets Thomas, she is ecstatic to have found the man she believes she will spend the rest of her life with. She is ready to give up everything and expects him to do the same so that they can live out her happily ever after. One problem she encounters is that neither of their families condone with their relationship for one reason or another. As time progresses and Karyn finally convinces Thomas to marry her, she is certain that she has attained true happiness
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Emily
Sep 04, 2012 Emily rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Victims of Abuse
I received this book as a goodreads firstreads contest. This is a book that I would pass along to women I know and love who are in perpetually abusive relationships. The premise, however wonderful, was overshadowed by the lackluster choice of words, errors and repetition of phrases. The main character was also very frustrating to me, as she repeatedly put not only herself but her daughter in danger.

I do appreciate the neighbors that called the cops, but I really don't think elderly neighbors wo
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Shavon
Sep 17, 2012 Shavon rated it it was amazing
I downloaded a sample of this book and immediately became hooked. It starts off with an argument and the drama continues from there. There are no pimps, groupies or drug dealers in this novel which is refreshing since that's all i've been seeing in urban books these days, just a group of educated adults that make poor choices and foolish mistakes. This book is also very honest. I liked that while the main character was the center of the book, the author didn't sugarcoat her and she had to deal w ...more
Kimberly
Oct 29, 2012 Kimberly rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2k12-4th-quarter

This story kept my attention from start to finish. There were moments when I wondered what in the world is this character thinking! I really enjoyed this book. This story showed you how abusers try to turn the tables on their victims.

Thomas was so out of line on so many levels. He was a manipulator and a charmer. Karyn got more than she bargained for with her lies and selfishness. Rhonda was a very strong woman with a heart of gold. Sharon was a good friend and so was Robbie. With all the drama
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Monique
Jul 03, 2012 Monique rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Friends
Loved it! This book was a very enjoyable read. It was so good that I couldn't put it down. I really liked the characters relationship with each other. Reminded me of one of my friends and how you love your friends and want whats best for them but realize they need to make their own choices.

I recommend this book.
Stephanie Watson
Jan 09, 2016 Stephanie Watson rated it liked it
A Dizzing look into the world we all think we could face. Intriguing and insirations this book is a wonderful journey into the live of a woman caught in the life of an abuser and her friends lives as they try and help her to see the truth. I won my novel through Goodreads First Reads.
Monique Jackson
Apr 07, 2013 Monique Jackson rated it it was amazing
Excellent read! I recommend this book!
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Chantilly Chanel Austin is the author of Illusions: sometimes the eyes see what the heart wants (Basin St Books), which is already a book club favorite. She is the recipient of the 2012 African American Literary Awards 'Breakout Author of the Year'. She was born and raised in Compton, CA. She spends her time traveling the world and writing. She currently lives in California, where she is working o ...more
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