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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (August 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758210655
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758210654
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,891,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jason Richards is a plain and safe kind of guy. He recently began working at a prestigious law firm and aspires to make partner. When the dud case he has dumped on him is settled, he receives a $4-million bonus. Jason shares the news about his good fortune with Steven Cox, the other black attorney at the firm. Steven casually introduces Jason to the eight-step Titan lifestyle, in which men abide by a code of conduct. Steven rationalizes that with his good looks and charm and Jason's money, they can become a powerful team and truly live the Titan lifestyle. Jason begins to fall for Carol, a woman from his past who is following Diva magazine's friends-to-lovers plan. Jason follows the instructions to lure Carole into a friendship with benefits while living the Titan lifestyle with Steven. Just when Jason gives up the lifestyle and Carole is convinced the plan is working, Jason's indiscretions are exposed. Their relationship is in turmoil, and only real friends will be able to weather the storm. An engrossing story. Lillian Lewis
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LAWRENCE C. ROSS, JR., an important writer of African American literature, has written five books, including The Divine Nine: The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities; The Ways of Black Folks: A Year in the Life of a People; Money Shot: The Wild Nights and Lonely Days in the Black Porn Industry; Friends With Benefits; and Skin Game.

The Divine Nine is a multiple Los Angeles Times, Essence, and Blackboard bestseller. In both hard cover and trade paper, The Divine Nine is in its seventh printing with over 50,000 copies sold to date. It also remains on the Amazon.com African American studies bestsellers list, and for the past year has been the #1 best selling book among African American college students. His novels Friends With Benefits and Skin Game were Blackboard best sellers.

Educated at the University of California at Berkeley and the University of California at Los Angeles, Ross received a Bachelor of Arts in History from UCLA. Ross also received a Master of Fine Arts from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.

Ross has lectured at over 400 colleges and universities, as he is universally recognized as an expert in the field of African American fraternities and sororities. He has appeared on National Public Radio, Good Morning Atlanta, and is regularly interviewed by Ebony, Essence, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, The Root.com, The Grio.com, the BBC and National Public Radio, among others.

Ross began his writing career in the mid 90s as the managing editor of Rap Sheet magazine, the West Coast's first hip hop publication. After two years of writing about hip hop and interviewing the top stars in music, Ross moved to the Los Angeles Independent Newspapers, where he covered local politics in Westwood, Culver City, Hollywood and West Hollywood, for three years.

Ross currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife April and their twelve-year old son Langston..

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Denny on November 19, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Good morality tale that reminds one the love of money and sex can ruin your life. Funny and sweet and good first novel.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By jgrier on September 11, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a story about a man talked into living a wild party lifestyle based on Titan Magazine. The main characters were Steve who upward bound in his career but naive and Carol who was Steve's bitter ex from college who caught him cheating. The plus is it's a good storyline. The minuses are it's predictable, too much cursing, and dry humor. The book was hard to put down because even though it is predictable it does has some graphic sex scenes which are well done.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By CJCS Mom VINE VOICE on August 24, 2005
Format: Paperback
Friends with Benefits by Lawrence Ross is a romantic read with a few twists of drama. Jason Richards is a rising attorney at the law firm of Ketchings and Martin. Jason is focused on his career and the future. After being dissed by a woman at a bar and landing a major bonus for a high-profile case, he decides it's time for a change. His "friend" Steven introduces him to the "Titan" lifestyle. A lifestyle that revolves around hot women, hot sex, hot cars, and hot clothes. Jason is enjoying his new lifestyle until he finds himself falling in love with Carole, a former flame and Director of Mama's House, where he volunteers and offers legal advice. He uses the Titan "Friends with Benefits" logic to reel her in. Little does Jason know that Carole is keeping a secret of her own. Jason quickly discovers the Titan lifestyle is not for him and decided to leave it behind but not before the situation goes out of control and his lifestyle becomes common knowledge and Carole finds out.

Friends with Benefits starts off slow but quickly builds to a fast-paced, page-turning story that you will enjoy; however, I was a little disappointed with the ending but overall, the book is a great read. I give this book 4 stars. Reviewed by Shay C of PeoplewholoveGoodBooks
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Davis on November 3, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a self discovery journal to me. I can identify with still exploring life to see the real me. Also how others find them selves earlier and look down apon those who are still lost. I especially like how they add the manipulative character that is in all our lives. They can spot you during your journey and stay just for the ride. This should/could be a Tyler Perry movie/play. I would go see them both......
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Yasmin Coleman on November 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
Friends with Benefits (FWB) is a humorous and sensuous tale from first time novelist, Lawrence Ross. Set against the steamy, sexy backdrop of Los Angeles, FWB is an entertaining tale about relationships, friendships, dating and love in the New Millennium. Have you ever read a magazine article regarding dating and tried to apply the tips to your life? If you have, you realize how difficult some of those challenges can be as well as how tongue-in-cheek many of the approaches are. Have you ever asked/wondered 'who really takes these test seriously and does anyone really apply them to their love life?' Have you ever knocked boots with a friend-no strings, no attachment, no commitment-you only come together for late night booty calls? You tell everyone you are friends but behind closed doors you are receiving and providing sexual favors. The answers to these questions and others can be found within the covers of FWB.

After a messy breakout and long absence, Carole accidentally reconnects with former college boyfriend, Jason Richards. After putting past pains aside, she decides reluctantly to give Jason another chance. Ross details what happens when friends with benefits elevate to a committed relationship. When emotions interfere it is not always smooth sailing. Filled with hilarious, laugh out loud moments as well as beatdown, make you want to slap your mama antics, Ross delivers a page-turning experience. I would be remiss if I did not mention that these friends have active libidos and almost every other page it seems as though they are on the prowl for the next sexcapade. Some of the sex scenes are graphic and off the chain and might not be the faint of heart. Romance is out, lust is in and libidos are active-if you are looking for a few tips to spice up your sex life FWB might have a few to offer. A fast paced plot and raw, juicy sex scenes make this an enticing and steamy read.

Reviewed by Yasmin

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