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Basketball Jones

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  1,198 ratings  ·  110 reviews
E. Lynn Harris has wowed and seduced more than three million readers with the wicked drama and undeniable heart in his novels. Now he’s back with another winner sure to top the bestseller lists—a rip-roaring tale of sex, secrets, betrayal . . . and blackmail.

Aldridge James “AJ” Richardson is living the good life. He has a gorgeous town house in always-flavorful New Orleans...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published January 27th 2009 by Doubleday (first published January 1st 2009)
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Stacey Marie Robinson
A true love story always reminds me that no matter what the circumstances are financially, geographically, racially, logically or otherwise...that when you're in love, you're in love. The obstacles may vary, but the feeling never changes.

With fictional NBA star Drayton Jones and his undercover lover, Aldridge James (AJ) Richardson, their relationship is a complicated web of money, deceit, fame, and a deep-rooted bond that began when the two men were university students. While AJ has always been...more
Shelby P
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Ozimandias
I've read several of Harris's books and am deeply grateful to him for even writing books for the broad market about not only gay men, but minority gay men. That I can say without reserve. I tend to lose my admiration however, when I start reading the books, which tend to be about the gossipy and intriguing lives of a supposed African American elite, where everyone is wealthy, beautiful and still connected to their mamas and comfort food. In this book, you have a beautiful black man with soccer b...more
Reno
This is the first novel I read by E. Lynn Harris. It's about a guy named AJ who is in love with Dray, an NBA basketball star. For me, it played out a little too much like a soap opera, but I can appreciate the sincerity in AJ's voice. What resonated for me was how honest their love was for each other, even if they had to succumb to society's pressures. In the end, does love prevail?

With the passing of E. Lynn Harris, I appreciate his contribution to the literary world, tackling controversial con...more
OOSA
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E. Lynn Harris' latest endeavor, "Basketball Jones," takes readers into a very familiar setting. Aldridge James "AJ" Richardson is an openly gay man. The love of his life, however, is not. Dray Jones, an NBA player, has been involved with AJ since college. Because of society's prejudices, his status as an athlete, and his family, AJ has been sworn to secrecy about their relationship. But when someone threatens it all, is it time to come out of the closet?

"Basketball Jones" is a very quic...more
LdDurham
This book was tossed at me, so I walked into it pretty blind. But I admit after the first page I was hooked.

I've read E. Lynn Harris before. In fact, his was the very first gay book I ever touched back in my early teen years. And, amazingly enough, it dealt with the exact same thing: a gay man falling in love with and willing to play secret lover to a "straight" guy. Angst and frustration abounds. But Harris got me to feel not just frustration at witnessing the story, but I felt the same push-p...more
Anne Holcomb
All right, I'll admit that I picked up the audio book of "Basketball Jones" because of its cover image! : ) This is the first book I have read/listened to by E. Lynn Harris and I'm very sorry to see he passed away in 2009 because I think I am a fan. The story centers around an issue I had never really thought about before: closeted gay male athletes in professional sports.

Aldridge "AJ" Richardson is the secret boyfriend of a hot NBA player, Drayton Jones. Dray has been taking care of AJ ever sin...more
Lindsay
I was looking for something fluffy to get through a long road trip and found this at the library. Sounded like it might be a twist on romance type genres, which made me a little interested. It's soapy as hell. I expected that, but by the end (it was short and I felt like I had to finish it) I was yelling NO WHY ARE YOU DOING THAT at the characters in the book and I rolled my eyes so hard I thought they might fall out. The characters aren't likable, and seem drawn as broad caricatures. Every outf...more
Valerie Williams
Aj and Dray are lovers. Dray is a professional basketball player and Aj is an interior designer. When Dray is drafted to play for the Hornets, he moves Aj to New Orleans with him so they can be close. The problem is that Dray wants to keep their relationship on the down-low because he doesn't want people, especially his father to find out he is gay. To cover up his relationship to Aj, he marries a white woman. Aj has a best friend named Maurice who lives in Atlanta. He doesn't know about Aj's re...more
Elisa
Much of this was a soap opera. There did become a mystery element halfway through, and I was intrigued to see how that would play out. But for most of it it was kind of a sappy romance novel. The characterizations were strong, but of a variety of weak-willed characters!

It was, however, a very quick read. I read it in one afternoon!
Sharmaine
The book I read over the summer was basketball jones. I realy enjoyed this book. this was about two men that had been dateing for seven years and his friends still did not know about him being on the down low. The two main characters of this book was AJ and Dray.
AL
E. Lynn Harris (may he rest in piece) is and has always been a brilliant write. Needless to say I finished this book in less then two days. It was a really great story, although a little too far fetched for the averaged brotha. But I loved it.
Lisa
Way out of my normal reading. Well written. Good characterizations. Interesting plot twists.

I would read him again.
Chineka Williams
From the first word of this book I wanted to know more about the main character and read as many pages as possible.
Davey Kirk
Sorry but this book made me questions everymans sexuality! Great book though!
Shanika Turner
A page turner could not put it down.

Ivan
Basketball Jones is the fourth novel I’ve read by E. Lynn Harris, and I’m now fairly convinced he’ll never write anything of literary substance. His writing is often sophomoric and shallow, concentrating too much on social status, physical appearance and the acquisition of material possessions; he regurgitates brand names so abundantly that one wonders if he receives remuneration for literary product placements.
On the plus side (and there is one), the author has a compulsively readable style;...more
Asia Ali
this book basketball jones is getting to deep for my eyes laugh out loud.
it kind of caught me off guard.
but hey its about one guy on the down low who is currently in the lead and he dates his x-tutor from college.(page7)"I was loss but wasnt waiting for an answer. He slowly reached for my hand as if it where the most natrual thing to do and pulled me into him.I curled up beside him and without another word Dray held my hand tight in his for the rest of the night."

the most interesting event in t...more
Nochu
How far would you go to protect the one you love? When loving someone, should you be able to tell the world or should it remain a secret? Is it fair to drop everything every time someone asks you to be there for him or her? "Basketball Jones" is a novel by E. Lynn Harris who once again outlines and write a FABULOUS story about love and what it can take you through. AJ Richardson and Dray Jones have been in love for 7 years. Did I say in love for 7 years, I meant secretly in love. Or is it really...more
Shonda
I’ve read all of Mr. Harris’s fiction works and was excited to hear he has two set to release in 2009. Basketball Jones is about the relationship between a famous athlete and his boyfriend. A lot is expected of AJ to be in this relationship with Dray: move whenever Dray says to, cancel plans at the last minute if Dray can get away from his wife or the team, pretty much be at Dray’s disposal. However, for AJ, there are perks to being with Dray as well: new, furnished paid-for homes, expensive car...more
Douglas
This is the closest thing I read to a beach read. I love E. Lynn Harris, but his novels have become more equivalent to soap operas over the years. This is the 1st time he's used Professional Basketball for one of his gay/str8/bi Af. Am. romances. In the past he has always focused on the closeted gay world of college & professional football. E.Lynn Harris use to play college and perhaps professional football himself, and started his literary career with the highly acclaimed novel "Invisible L...more
Rachel
Basketball Jones is the story of Aldridge “AJ” Richardson and his boyfriend, NBA star Dray Jones. They’ve been in love for seven years but must keep their relationship a secret to avoid jeopardizing Dray’s career. Dray even goes so far as to marry a woman, Judi. Trouble ensues when someone starts blackmailing AJ and Dray and threatens to expose them.
I listened to this book on audio and I think that added to my enjoyment of it. The narrator, Mirron Willis’s voice is as smooth as silk and the tone...more
constance
Well it was definitely interesting, but not exactly my cup of tea. This was my first time reading E. Lynn Harris, I knew nothing about his work and I honestly chose this book randomly because I liked the cover. So, I love romance, I love romance novels, and I love a HEA so pretty early on I realized that (view spoiler)...more
Audra
Jun 03, 2012 Audra rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: MM Lovers with an athlete character
It fulfilled my expectations and I was not disappointed. I did enjoy it because it was different from my usual reading. The book was different from others in the genre because it did not follow the usual romance formula. The plot pulled me in. The setting was not a character but it did come to life. I did not really feel like I was experiencing the time and place. The book could have been in a different place and it would not have mattered. A different time would have changed how the characters...more
Toni
Having completed this newest release, I am now caught up with the E. Lynn Harris catalog. LOL!

Basketball Jones is another novel that incorporates Harris' love of sports.

A.J. Richardson meets the love of his life in college and embarks on a sweet love affair for the next several years. Where does the drama come in? His lover, Dray Jones, has gone from being a closeted college hoops star to a closeted NBA star. A.J. accepts the secrets that he must keep because he & Dray are truly in love and...more
David poindexter
They say dont judge the book by its cover. That is true because when u first look at the cover it looks like its gonna be about a basketball star and him and all the women. I started to read this book and it started to get a little weird. This basketball star Drayton Jones was an undercover gay person. Him and his boyfriend AJ had a sercet relationship that they did not want anybody to know about. While AJ would do everything for dray whilehe was in college and also when he got to the nba. When...more
G. Jones
i just wanted to take the time and say that basketball jones was the first book that i read by e. lynn harris and i must say that i enjoyed reading this book so much that i actually completed the book in the same day i started reading it. i borrowed the book from a friend and he was telling me how good the books were and i didn't believe it but man was i fooled. it was good. beyond good. for anyone who has not read this book, basketball jones will take you through some things like deception, bla...more
Adra
I have read every book written by this man. Just when you think Mr. Harris has revealed all there is to know about the world of homosexual and down low men, he gives us so more! Dray, a rich NBA basketball player has a little bit more game than just shooting balls in a basket. AJ, an educated well groomed gay brother, finds himself in a world filled both with all the worldly possessions and delights that any man or woman would be honored to have. However as we all know, nothing in life comes for...more
Carlton Lockett
I really really enjoyed this book. From start to finish. It was engaging, relatable, and well crafted. The story line is similar to the life that many professionals live. Now that Jason Collins is out of the closet he may be able to relate to this. E. Lynn Harris had me at hello, but I will forever be a fan of his. This story had great drama, love, and vision. Kudos to E. Lynn, may he rest in peace.
Heidi Smith
This was clearly not one of my favorite books. Honestly, I was so frustrated with A.J. for allowing himself to be such a low priority to Dre. Although the nature of their relationship and A.J.'s revelations about his life had greatly changed, it was too little too late for me.
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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.

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