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The Business of Lovers

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  446 ratings  ·  86 reviews
All is fair in love and lust in New York Times bestselling author Eric Jerome Dickey's tale of two brothers, four women, and the business of desire.

Unlike their younger brother, Andr�, whose star as a comedian is rising, neither Dwayne nor Brick Duquesne is having luck with his career--and they're unluckier still in love. Former child star Dwayne has just been fired from h
Hardcover, 387 pages
Published April 21st 2020 by Dutton Books
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May 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
There are some excellent points of cultural experiences in this novel. There are also bits of repetition. Overall, I feel this is longer than necessary. 4 of 10 stars
Melvin Hunter
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my favorite book this year. I've read several books this year and none of them captured me the way The Business of Lovers did. When you read the synopsis, you're introduced to Brick, Mocha Latte, Christina, and Penny; just to name a few. And you learn that Brick is a bodyguard and chauffeur to three beautiful escorts. We could stop there and come up with a multitude of possible scenarios for this story. I must confess; I was taken aback by this story. It is much deeper than escorts being ...more
Story 4.5
Sexy Times 5 (lots of it and graphic)
Character development 4.5
Pacing 5
Complexity 5

This is a recommended read. EJD had a story to tell and I enjoy books about personal and psychological development. Lots to be unpacked within these characters.

I was given an ARC of this book from Dutton Books via Edelweiss
Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩
Brick and Dwayne Duquesne aren't having the best of luck in life right now. While their little brother is finding success as a comedian, they're forced to take a new look at life and love.

Brick is an educated black man who climbed the corporate ladder until life knocked him off his feet. His pseudo-fiancee left him a broken man, dealing with one of life's greatest burdens and wondering if he'll ever find the kind of love he's been looking for. Dwayne was a child star who took his fame into adult
Sage Knightly
I am not sure what to rate this yet. I read it in one day and had a hard time putting the book down, but I also didn't love the characters or plot?
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wait on new Eric Jerome Dickey releases like clockwork. Every April, I can count on a page-turning, sexy fictional novel that shows a colorful portrait of hard-to-forget characters. In The Business of Lovers, we meet two (2) brothers and three (3) women.

Allow me to introduce them. Dwayne Duquesne is hard on times. The formal child star has just been fired from his latest acting role and is broke after paying child support. He returns home to check on his teenaged son and to hopefully make amen
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Michelle Lindo-Rice
Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
EJD brought the heat in this read. Brick started off helping his neighbor Penny and her friends, Christiana and Mocha Latte as a driver with their escort business and ended up being involved more than he intended. Filled with classic metaphors, drama and his unique style of storytelling, this is a sizzling read. Relationships between brothers, father and son, exes are covered, and somehow, it leads to a satisfying conclusion. This is not a tame read.
#Netgalley Thank you.
Brittany J. (BNJreads)
May 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
Thank you Dutton book and netgalley for the gifted copy of The Business of Lovers - I wanted to like this book a whole lot but there was just nothing grabbing my attention about this book. I even resorted to the audiobook and found my mind wandering while reading. The writing felt disjointed and the storyline was lacking quite a bit.
I wasn't a fan of any of the character's stories and felt myself wanting to DNF more than I wanted to read it.

I know there are some hardcore EJD fans out there and
Linda Howard
This is the seventh and the last book in Beautiful By Design's (BBD) 'Choose your favorite book' cycle. The Business of Lovers by Eric Jerome Dickey was his latest literary work that was selected by Linda (me). While this was not part of my 'favorite book not read' library, Eric Jerome Dickey (EJD) is definitely one of my favorite authors. The book I initially wanted to read was part of a series and that was not BBD's theme this time. We rated this book 3 out of 5 stars. Again, this book club me ...more
Misse Jones
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good, classic EJD novel...

I absolutely adored the main character, “Brick”.

I mean, who wouldn’t want to go three-levels deep?!

In that regard I too liked Mocha Latte from she and Brick’s first individual encounter.

This novel was steamy in more than one ways and a page-turner. There has to be more to their story. I’m hoping for a sequel.

Of course at the mention of a Gideon novel, I am just as excited.
I’m a long time reader of Eric Jerome Dickey’s work. Around 19 years ago, I picked up one of his titles and enjoyed the story enough to read all of his work. I preorder his books without reading the blurbs. I’ll probably do this until he stops writing books.

Over the last few years, I’ve struggled with his books that focus on relationships. I love the Gideon series and find those titles to be his best work, but when Dickey delves back into the extraordinary lives of ordinary people of color in L
May 01, 2020 rated it liked it
I always look forward to EJD books as he writes books I usually like to read. With that said, I really wanted to like this book, but something has been missing for me with the last three books he has written or, to be honest, it could be me putting EJD in a box, in my head and I only want him to write about Gideon a character I L O V E.

This story isn’t terrible; in fact, it has some engaging parts that I liked. The story delves into family issues and relationships, in particular, the good bad an
Jun 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Just in time to escape for a minute from all the stress of what’s going on right now, Dickey’s, “Business of Lovers” delivers a well-written adventure full of life, love and lust. He never ceases to amaze me with his incredible writing skills, and ability to craft such believable, interesting characters you love and loathe.
Apr 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Business of Lovers by Eric Jerome Dickey is an entertaining novel that is quite thought-provoking.

Brick Duquesne is still getting over the painful break-up with his girlfriend six months earlier. A lot has happened in his personal life and currently, he is on leave of absence from his job.  Brick is friends with his neighbor Penny and he is currently chauffeuring her around town. He is also playing the role of protector for her while she is meeting with clients. He unexpectedly steps in to h
Sage Bailey
Apr 30, 2020 rated it liked it
This wasn’t the Dirty Girls Social Club, Queenie or even Addicted; in fact this book is very straightforward and it’s realism almost works against it’s favor. Perhaps I’m just used to reading fiction about POC that takes drastic swings (of the above titles one of them included a subplot where a woman slept with her ex-husband who killed her maid and caused her to miscarry) but this was so tame in comparison. Not boring, just tame in such a way that lends itself better to a visual media rather th ...more
Mar 29, 2020 rated it liked it
This was classic Eric Jerome Dickey. A novel that tackles relationships in turmoil, and individuals who are searching for meaning in their lives or finding themselves.
The majority of the novel focuses on two brothers; Dwayne and Brick, and the issues they are facing in their relationships.
Dickey does a good job of making these characters relatable, by incorporating issues that are currently important to black men and women living in the L.A. including, gentrification, job uncertainty, family dy
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Christa Maurice
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A bit too much sex for me, but what did I expect when one of the MCs is a sex worker?
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Definitely a lot to unpack in this book...It really made me think about my relationships.
Dee Brown
Jul 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was a bit long and repetitive for me. This is why it took me so long to read it. Overall a great read.
Dex Wood
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i really enjoy this book. Listened to it in one uninterrupted shot knowingly breaking appointments.
Erin May
Jul 30, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A whopper

Thought it would be interesting to read this particular storyline from the POV of a man, written by a man. It was a real snooze fest. The character growth was pretty flat, and Andre the third brother, well I literally have no idea why he was written into the story (along with the dad). Lots of weird useless storylines.
Jul 06, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Not sure if EJD has lost his touch, or I've outgrown him. Book wasn't the page-turner I've grown to love by this author. Stuck through it as a bedtime read...proved effective for causing drowsiness, and took FOREVER for me to drudge through. Not his best work.

Storyline- weak. While it's been fun in the past to follow different POVs, I got the feeling that END would switch to a new character when he ran out of story. Characters were not well developed at all, so this made it difficult to g
anshuquine williams
Hot, Sizzling, Great !!! #mustread

Simply Amazing.
Front the start to the very very end.

The storyline by each character is captivating, this book keeps you intrigued. Very well written and put together.

I am a anxiously waiting part 2 !
Apr 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Families and Lovers in LA

Brick has put his job as an engineer on hold for a health emergency. He’s also suffering from a breakup with a woman he still loves. Helping his neighbor, Penny, he finds himself becoming the chauffeur and body guard for three tough, beautiful women working as escorts.

Dwayne, his brother, is also suffering setbacks in career and love. He’s been fired from his latest acting job and is nearly broke after giving money to Frenchis, is ex and the mother of his son. He wants
May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tbr-2020
"Sex was always about some other need, or some rejection, or revenge, or acceptance. Sex was rarely about sex." - Brick Duquesne

When I tell you that The Business of Lovers was a spicy read, please believe me! Brothers Brick, Dwayne, and Andre send readers on a rollercoaster ride with their affairs of love and sex. Andre is living the life of a famous comedian who enjoys plenty of female company. Dwayne can’t get his child’s mother to reason with him (or rescind the petition for higher child supp
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Every time I read anything by my favorite author in the whole world, Eric Jerome Dickey, I say to myself that I’m going to slow dow and savor every detail on the page. And guess what?!? It never works because each paragraph, page, or chapter is so freakin good that I can’t help but read faster to see what’s about to happen! This one was just as good and page-turning worthy. It was steamy in some parts that I had to cool off with a tall glass of water (that I secretly wished was Brick ...more
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Poetry is my vice. I love stringing words through a metaphorical stance and lacing them with mood to express my hearts passion, desire, feelings, wants and needs. With that said, I want to take you on a poetic journey, full of meaning, that I experienced reading The Business of Lovers because this novel, ladies and gentlemen, embodies, Kizomba, Zouk and Kompa , through each and every character while becoming seduced through its sing song lyrics of friendship, need, love, passion, and the all tru ...more
Asa Bradley
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm a big fan of the author and have read most of his books. This one is very much written from the male gaze, but what saves it from becoming too much of a bromance, and too sexualized is how very generous the gazes of the male characters in this book are. Especially when it comes to Brick, who was my favorite character POV in the book. There is plenty of hot sex in the book, sometimes so much that it is on the border of being gratuitous, but the author always pulls it back right before it goes ...more
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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

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