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Zane's legion of fans can't get enough of her way of telling a juicy, sexy story. In Nervous, the New York Times bestselling queen of erotica brings us a tale of a woman with a split personality. Jonquinette has always been nervous around men, but on the weekends her alter ego, Jude, goes on intense sexual escapades. When Jonquinette seeks the help of Dr. Marcella Spencer,...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 15th 2004 by Atria Books (first published 2003)
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William Beesley
I've just read my first trashy erotica novel. I went in knowing little about sexually explicit books only to be vicariously involved in a multi partner, Internet abusing, pan Georgian, sexual orgy. The sex was hard and fast, happening in three paragraphs or less and kinda scary and kinda interesting.

I read Nervous because several people have posted comments that if only the world would read more trashy erotic novels war and poverty would cease to exist. I don't know where they got their facts f...more
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Jamilla Lewis
Oct 27, 2009 Jamilla Lewis rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone over the age of 15
Recommended to Jamilla by: no one
"this is one of the best books ive ever read because even thought it has a lot of sex in it, it has also taught me alot about having MPD"
my outake on this book dealing with conflict is that the internal conflict that she faces with her multiple personalities is one of the toughest conflicts in a book that i have ever read. She has to deal with not only the challenges of her daily life but she also had to deal with the damage that her other persdonalities were giving her such as; waking up with h...more
Raven Kenneybrew
Sep 12, 2009 Raven Kenneybrew rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Raven by: a friend.
I was recommended this book by a friend. The book Nervous is about a girl named Jonquinette Pierce who has never had a boyfriend. The weekdays belong to Jonquinette and the weekends belong to, Jude. Jude emerged in second grade when Jonquinette kept getting picked on by other girls. Jude is the type that doesn't care what she do. Jude would use violence and, Jonquinette wouldn't know anything about it. When Jonquinette is seeking psychiatric help, Jude fears it might be the end for her.
4.5 stars. This was my first read by Zane and I didn't know what to expect, but I found myself blown away by the unique plot and addictive storytelling. I read it in two long sittings - could have done it in one. The idea of a woman with multiple personalities where one personality is a nymphomaniac is so different and fascinating. As Zane notes in the afterword, most women do have two sides like that.

One thing I didn't like was the unrealistic dialogue, like everyone using words like "however"...more
Zane is very well known for her sexy novels. But underneath them all are deep, moving stories with very well-rounded characters.

If you are easily offended, then books by Zane are not for you. But, if you don't mind a good story with really good sex thrown in, then these are books for you. "Addicted" and "Nervous" (the sequel to "Addicted") were awesome. I highly recommend them both.

Awesome narration by Nicole Small. I will seek out other audiobooks with her as narrator.
If I was grading this book on ridiculous, it would be getting five stars. But rating it on quality? It's lucky it gets one. I guess I can see why Zane books are so popular, the same way I can see why Justin Bieber and Brittney Spears are popular. They're catchy, they're sexy. But they're not...good. I'm glad I tried it, but I probably won't be venturing into this realm anytime soon.
Adriana Calcote
When I first read started reading this book, I thought the main character was carzy and she had mental issues. But as I read further along, I began to understand more and more why she is the way she is. Some of the events that took place in her life I connected to because it either happen to me or I've seen it first hand. I really enjoyed reading this book, kept me interested.
Kiki H
I liked this book. With the character having multiple personalities you would think this would be a confusing read but, it held it's own. It was very fast pasted and I did not find a boring part in this book. Heavy erotica but it definitely got the point across. Good read.
I"m not that big of a Zane fan (I like a little plot with my sex) but this book was more story than sex and I really enjoyed it. It was a delicious little mystery to unfold!
Erotica at an all time high.Love how she brought each character to life.
On the edge of me seat waiting for what was next!
The thing I like about this book is that it's interesting, and unique. And because of that, it kept me reading. It wasn't an absolute page-turner, but it was sometimes difficult for me to put down. So really, props to Zane. The book was about a girl who went through so much in her childhood and throughout her life (like bullying, being made fun of, ignorant mother, and a little sexual abuse by her father) and because of this, she, or rather her body, develops two other personalities. So the mai...more
I was intrigued by the premise of this book. A black woman with a personality disorder and one of them being some kind of nymphomaniac? Okay..I've gotta check this out.

First off, psychology has always intrigued me. What makes us the way we are? Is it how we were born or how we were raised, and the experiences we went through? I was fascinated by Jon's story. What's it like to live an life and not be in control at all times? This book opened me up to MPD. I knew it was about having personalities...more
Zane is an erotic fiction about a girl living a life with a split personality. Jonquinette Pierce a nice quiet girl, who has never had a boyfriend. Growing up she was not liked by other children and she was blamed for things she does not remember doing. When older she started waking up with different scent of different men on different nights. She started to question that, because she has never been close to a man. Now she is seeking help from a doctor to help her answer all her question. Then s...more
I would categorize Nervous as the weakest of Zane's novels if I hadn't read Shame on It All. Nervous was original part of a short story Zane had written for an anthology, but it later developed into a full-length novel. Twenty-something Jonquinette suffers from Multiple Personality Disorder [MPD] and her alternate self "Jude" has repeatedly gotten Jonquinette in trouble. However, Jonquinette is completely unaware of Jude's actions, including the multiple (and seemingly) unprotected sexual escapa...more
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I just recently read a book entitled Nervous. The author Zane wrote this book. This novel is a bout a girl named Jonquinette who keeps waking up and not knowing what she did the night before. Well getting deeper into this book I found out that she has a split personality, a girl named Jade. Jade is the total opposite of Jonquinette. I enjoyed this book, because it had a lot of twist and turns and it kept reveling new things, as you got deeper into the book. Also, this was on...more
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(FROM JACKET)Jonquinette Pierce has always been nervous when it comes to men. She took a job dealing with mostly women so she could avoid men. She goes to work and comes straight home during the week, but on the weekends her other self, Jude, takes over and goes on intense sexual excapades.
Jonquinette recognizes that her alter ego is a problem and seeks to resolve it with the help of Dr. Marcella Spencer, the psychiatrist Zane originated in her bestselling novel "Addicted". Jude's response is to...more
This was a good book. Zane did an excellent job on describing the effects MPD (multiple personality disorder) can have on a person. In a way, I saw myself in the lead character, Jonquinette. We were both shy around men and suffered childhood tragedies. Her alter ego Jude was a hot mess who did nothing but ruin things for Jonquinette to the point where she had to seek professional help. In the end, I'm glad my girl got her HEA and Zane is an author I'll definitely keep on my radar.
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Maci Thomas
This book is about a woman name Jonquinette that has a split personality. The other woman in her is name Jude. Jonquinette would be the more conservative one and Jude is the more wild one. Jonquinette doesn't have much experience with men, she is not the type to flirt and engage herself with men. On the other hand, her alter ego, Jude is a sex addict and loves to meet men and sleep with them on the first date. Jonquinette goes to a therepist for her problem because she wakes up some mornings not...more
Monifa Thomas
Oct 18, 2009 Monifa Thomas rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: My friends
Recommended to Monifa by: My friend Jamila
I really love this book because of its crazy events. Besides the sex it had a story line that was interesting.I still dont understand the plot with the main character having mutiple personality disorder, Jonquinetta being a virgin and Jude being the promiscuious woman. Honestly the only reason why I picked this book up was because of Zane's sexual reputation but I went deeper into the story and asked myself, Why did she make the main character have MPD, Why did she make the two personalities a s...more
Bint Alia
I don't really know where to start or how to even start... Zane did it again! Another one of her books have been added to my faves list. I never hesitate to read her books (when I have the chance) & it wasn't a surprise that this book ended up being good, since I loved her other book, Addicted. Zane introduced me to a character with a disorder that I only heard of but never really looked into. She allowed me to connect with the character and showed me what someone with MPD goes through. Many...more
Euftis Emery
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I have been interested in picking up Nervous for a number of years and never got around to it. Browsing in the library last week I happened upon a brand new copy and snatched it up.

I was a bit surprised though to find that the book was not the steamy erotic read that I expected but more of a psychological thriller. Don't get me wrong, there is sex in this book which is carried out by an alternate personality...more
B. King
This was such a great was deeper than just erotica it explores mental illness and how we can be tramatized by our past amd not even realize it. One of my favorites by this author.
I took me a while to read this because I had to keep putting it down. I've wanted to read Zane for a while but I really didn't think that I would relate to her work. I admit I liked it but at the same time it's one of those books that make you want to throw it against the wall because I couldn't suspend my disbelief. All in all, I liked the premise of the book and the fact that you really can have issues and there is someone who will try to love you any way. Not realistic (but maybe I'm in a pes...more
Ok read. Was disappointed through out the book. I like more substance. And the ending was predictable for me. Being familiar with mpd some type of trauma had occurred in her life. The prolonging what type was annoying. But I always complete the book that I start!
This book is about a girl named Jonquinette Pierce who is a nice quiet girl, who has never had a boyfriend. Growing up she was not liked by other children and was blamed for things she does not remember doing. When older she started waking up with different scent of different men on different nights. She started to question that, because she has never been close to a man. Now she is seeking help from a doctor to help her answer all her question. Then she finally meets a man named Mason who she i...more
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Zane (real name Kristina Roberts) is an African American author of erotic fiction. She is the daughter of two former educators: an elementary school teacher and a world-renowned theologian who is also the author of nearly two dozen books. She was born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area where she still resides with her three children.

In 1997, Zane began writing erotic stories to pass the time...more
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“We have to take care of the moment and then move on to the next. We can't worry about what's to come.

--Dr. Marcella Spencer”
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