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Love frustration : a novel
Johnson, R. M. (Rodney Marcus)
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New York : Simon & Schuster, [2002]

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338 pages ; 25 cm
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Despite his classic good looks and successful business, Jayson Abrahms's relationships keep failing--until he meets Faith. As their wedding day approaches, it all seems too good to be true. Indeed, what Jayson doesn't know yet is that it is too good to be true.

Author Notes

R. M. Johnson is a former radiation specialist whose first book, The Harris Men reached #5 on the Blackboard Bestseller list.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Jayson Abraham is an attractive young man plagued with childhood insecurities that affect his ability to approach women. Yet, in spite of his awkwardness, Jayson is a responsible and successful entrepreneur. After disastrous dates and unfulfilled romances, he begins to feel that love and marriage are not in his future. Then he meets Faith, a sophisticated social worker who reciprocates his clumsy attempt to gain her interest. Their relationship is everything that Jayson wants, and he proposes marriage--only to call off the wedding when he discovers Faith has been using him. He is so devastated by her betrayal that he seeks solace from his best friend, Asha. Even though Asha is engaged, she is intimate with Jayson and decides to finally pursue her heart's desire. Asha's appearance of dishonesty adds to Jayson's frustration. He is so frustrated by the turn of events that he wavers on the one decision that will affect the rest of his life. Readers, though, will follow his plight with interest. --Lillian Lewis

Publisher's Weekly Review

After turning out several relatively staid novels about the Harris family, Johnson changes directions with this randy sexual soap opera, in which half a dozen young Chicago professionals try to bed-hop their way to the perfect partner. The story starts optimistically with protagonist Jayson Abrams and his fiancee, Faith, about to wed, but jealousy threatens the relationship when Faith feels threatened by Jayson's ex, a sexy, multiracial massage therapist named Asha Mills, and orders him to terminate his close friendship with her. In the fight that follows, the wedding is canceled. Asha, it turns out, has problems of her own when she receives a marriage proposal from her rich boyfriend, Gill, just after she discovers that she has a preference for female partners. Her first tryst is a successful liaison with a sexy older client named Angie, but Asha's next offer is an unwelcome pass from a co-worker, a bossy lesbian named Big Les who catches Angie and Asha in the act and demands a piece of the action. Jayson, meanwhile, discovers Faith in flagrante with her married lover, launching the still-besotted couple into a series of head games as each amps up the jealousy factor. Johnson writes serviceable prose, but rather than develop credible romantic situations, he consistently chooses ludicrous, over-the-top sexual subplots in a narrative that rarely goes more than a chapter without a sex scene or romantic intrigue. The lurid, nonstop booty action dilutes the quality of the story line as well as the erotic power of the novel, making this effort a disappointment from an author with a solid track record. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

The course of true love does not run smoothly for Jayson, whose relationships with women always come to a bad end. Even Faith, a beautiful social worker who promises to marry him, is only using him. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.