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Product Details

  • Series: Dickey, Eric Jerome
  • Hardcover: 275 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult; First Edition edition (October 27, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525947760
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525947769
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,206,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Dickey's holiday gift to readers follows his usual sure-fire formula of African-American sex, love, infidelity and redemption (Sister, Sister; Cheaters; The Other Woman). This time the backdrop is Christmas/Kwanzaa in Los Angeles, with lights twinkling in the windows and fake snow glistening beneath the palm trees. The McBroom sisters-Frankie, Livvy and Tommie-all have serious man problems. Frankie, the oldest, owns a lot of real estate, drives a Benz and has to advertise on the Internet to snag a date. The unfortunate result is a mailbox full of e-responses from losers: "I should've been more specific and said no Jheri curls, brothers who wear pink curlers, played-out pimps, wanna-be gangstas, streetpharmacists, or gold-tooth-wearing hustlers." Middle sister Livvy's husband has betrayed her with a white woman, the result of which is a baby and a torrent of legal bills. Livvy's answer is to hit the Internet as well, answering an ad from a man searching for women who have been betrayed. Readers be warned: Livvy's hookup and resulting affair are hot enough to scorch fingers. Tommie is the youngest, and she's in secret love with the gentle, single dad across the street who thinks she's just a good friend. The whole Christmas/Kwanzaa business is almost a throwaway; the real focus of the book is sex. Dickey is a master at writing about women and what they want and how they want it. There are three kinds of physical love in these pages: hot, red hot and nuclear, and all three McBroom women get it on and have it every which way. To say the problems of the trio work out for the best in the end is to state the obvious. What reader would expect any less?
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Just in time for the holidays, Dickey offers a very funny and engrossing novel about the McBroom sisters, born and raised in Los Angeles. Frankie, Livvy, and Tommie are very close and support each other unconditionally. Oldest sister Frankie has acquired her wealth through investing in real estate and has been dating via the Internet. Surprisingly, her dates are never as exciting in person as they are online. Middle child Livvy is distraught because she has learned that her husband is having an affair. After suffering the embarrassment of having paternity papers served at her home in front of guests, Livvy fights fire with fire and begins her own clandestine affair. The youngest sister, Tommie, is reclaiming her life after a physically abusive relationship. When she becomes enamored of her neighbor and his daughter, it takes all of her therapy and determination to trust her feelings and follow her heart. Each of the sisters must make hard choices to forge a future unclouded by their past mistakes. Dickey's latest offers plenty of the laugh-out-loud humor that has made his work a staple on best-seller lists. Lillian Lewis
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More About the Author

Eric Jerome Dickey is the author of twelve novels, including the bestsellers Genevieve, Drive Me Crazy, Naughty or Nice, The Other Woman, and Thieves' Paradise. Dickey writes full time and is developing a six-issue mini-series of comic books for Marvel Enterprises featuring Storm (X-Men) and the Black Panther.

Customer Reviews

I have one more chapter to go before I'm finished reading this book!
Pandoras' Box
In my opinion it started out kinda slow but it picked up in the middle on towards the end.
nicole smith
Naughty and Nice: A Holiday Novel is a good book to curl up with during Christmas break.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Pandoras' Box on November 12, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I have one more chapter to go before I'm finished reading this book! This is really a great book. Mr. Eric Jerome Dickey if you are reading this I would like to request for you to have a continuation of this book...this book IS a must read...
When you read this book it feels like you are reading about today...the things that are happening on this day are also happening in his book. For instance he mentions the Kobe Bryant case, and a couple of other things that are happening today in 2003! It's really a great book. I would advise anyone who enjoys good reading to purchase it!
Thank You.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Michael Leach on November 10, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Again, I have to say congrats on a perfect book! "Naughty or Nice" is off the chain. I read it in one day! Just to let you know though, "The Other Woman" has to be one of the best books on relationships dealing with adultery that I have ever read. Or maybe even relationships period!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ANDRENA G. DANCER on December 22, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I always look forward to a new novel by Eric Jerome Dickey, having read all of his previous published works, and found NAUGHTY OR NICE to be up to his expected standards.
Although the novel was not really a Christmas story as promoted (despite its occasional reference to the holiday season), it was a fascinating relationship tale nevertheless--from the candid exploration of step-sister interactions, to the less revealing glimpse into the trials experienced between friends, lovers, parents, and spouses.
As usual, the dialogue was crisp, the characters realistic, and the plot absorbing. The novel's single flaw was the ending--not because it was too "rushed", as expressed by other readers, but because it was incongruous with the tone and temperament of the rest of the novel. For example, "Panther" devolved from an exciting young woman into a caricature, and the tarnish splashed on "Carpe's" true nature served only to render "Livvy" a fool--at least in regard to her people-reading skills.
If EJD had ended this novel at the point just three sentences shy of the second to the last chapter (the chapters weren't numbered after all) and omitted the last chapter altogether, then the book would have been a much better read. No one is perfect, though, and NAUGHTY OR NICE is definitely a keeper.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 22, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I'm a big fan of EJD and like most of the reviewers, I've read all of his books. I'd have to agree with those who say that The Other Woman was his best book to date and the better of the two books that he released in 2003. If you are new to EJD, I recommend reading The Other Woman first.
Naughty or Nice was cute and a light story. Livvy's affair is defintely very steamy, Tommie's little romance is cute, and Frankie's dating life is comical. The story isn't as deep as some of his other novels, but this makes for a good light read as you are traveling during the holidays or just looking to relax with some light entertainment. There are a couple of surprises at the end, but nothing earth shattering.
I do appreciate how EJD always gives us a new look at affairs and betrayal. This novel made me reflect on my own life and the kind of spouse I strive to be. I liked his theme that marriage is about "the end" and how he made the point that sometimes the one we choose to settle down with isn't "perfect", but neither are we.
Bottom line is that you can afford the risk with this novel. For about the same price as a movie ticket, I got three night's worth of entertaining reading.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Shamontiel L. Vaughn on December 5, 2003
Format: Hardcover
If you like Zane, you'll enjoy this book. Unfortunately, it is yet another fiction book relying more on shocking vulgar words and sexual acts instead of a story line. The book read more like a porno, and less like a well-crafted novel. During the times when Dickey reminded me of how well he is at dialogue, controversy, and making the plot thicken, here comes another sex scene to water down the whole novel. I also didn't care for him biting off the movie "Soul Food" with the book being three sisters, a sister named Bird, and a "Big Momma". Word of Advice: No one cares about the sex scenes unless we care about the characters. I wasn't excited nor apalled to read the sex scenes, it felt more like hearsay and I was thinking "Who cares?"
The acknowledgement page was more interesting than the WHOLE book. I enjoy Dickey as an author but his last two books weren't well-developed (character-wise). The one time I actually wanted to read about two people getting intimate, it was cut off (hint: one flies, the other is a color, burn mark) and the dialogue was intelligent without vulgar words being thrown all over the place. When you curse, make it count. Otherwise, it sounds like filth.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "ethynsmom" on December 9, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I am a HUGE EJD fan! I couldn't wait to buy this book! Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down! I would read on the way to work, at work, and when I got home from work. It's amazing how real his books and characters are. Being from California, I was on the 10 and the 5 freeways with the marvelous McBroom sisters. I agree with one of the "reviewers" when he/she said that there should be a sequel to this book. I want to know how the relationship between Tommie and Blue works out. I want to know how things end for Livvy. And, I want to know what the heck's going on with Frankie! I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a true to life story. An A+ all the way! Can't wait for the next one!
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