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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Strebor Books (October 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593090110
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593090111
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,749,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Allison Hobbs is a national bestselling author of twenty-two novels and has been featured in such periodicals as Romantic Times and The Philadelphia Tribune. She lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Visit the author at AllisonHobbs.com and Facebook.com/Allison Hobbs.

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Known for her raw, edgy, and graphic writing style, Allison Hobbs burst on the literary scene with her highly successful debut novel, Pandora's Box in 2003. A prolific author, Hobbs has penned 20 erotic and paranaormal/erotic novels. She is also a contributing writer in Zane's anthologies, Purple Panties and Z-Rated, Chocolate Flava 3.

Using the pen name, Joelle Sterling, she has added The Eternal Dead series to her list of published novels. The series includes: Midnight Cravings, The Dark Hunger, and Forbidden Feast.

Hobbs' novel, Double Dippin' was nominated for The Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award. The Climax was nominated for the 2008 African American Literary Award, and Big Juicy Lips is one of the 2009 erotic nominees for the 2009 African American Literary Awards.


Customer Reviews

I can't wait for Allison's next novel!
I. J. JENKINS
If you want the book, which in my opinion you not messing anything, borrow it, I said borrow not buy or purchase..
Love2Read
The main character did not keep my attention and the ending was dissapointing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By YVETTE on April 30, 2006
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This book is terrible every time I was reading it I feel asleep, it has no suspense, it just doesnt keeps you interested, you just finish it because you began reading it but thats all.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By N. Powell on March 29, 2005
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Allison Hobbs tells a good story about Victoria who was burnt and robbed of her inheritance forcing her to call Pandora's box which is a brothel. She gets addicted to the fast money and material things until major things start happening at Pandora's box that makes her have to rethink her job. Very explicit well told story that puts you right in the brothel not as a prostitute but as a spectator.Very good debut novel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By slukia on May 27, 2006
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This book was okay. If you do not have patience fo slow books, i strongy do not recommend this. Victoria is a single mother who spends all of her inheritence on a music career that does not happen. As a result, she turns to a brothel as a source of income. But, Pandora's isn't r average whore house, these women have serious issues.

Reds and Dominique are old, and are barely making money

Bethany and Sheena are strung out on drugs. Bethany ends up leting her infant die, the question is did she kill him.

Miquon is a chubby, theiving, ignorant single mother.

Victoria is trying to be a mother to her son, but having to have sex for money is pitty. One day a customer comes in and it soon changes her life.

This book shows how women are forced to make ends meet, and how some choose jobs that are degrading but pays at the same time.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jasmine on August 30, 2005
Format: Paperback
i actually could not get into this book.it didn't draw me look so many other good books:chyna black,true to the game,flyy gurl,coldestest winter ever,etc. i just couldn't get into it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Ruiz on December 27, 2007
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This is the first Allison Hobbs novel and the first urban book I ever read about 2 years ago. It really turned me on to these kinds of books and I've been an Allison Hobbs fan ever since. It's a great read, highly recommended.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert Conroy on July 18, 2005
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Sort of felt like this was more of a womans' novel when I started reading it but it kept me in suspense throughout. Many twists and turns and no certainty that main character Victoria was going to come out unscathed.Ms Hobbs takes us down into the seedy underbelly of prostitution and what it does to the women who, for one reason or another, get caught up in that world. She puts a human touch to these women and illicits sympathy and compassion from the reader, although she takes an honest look at what many of these women become over time. The question throughout is, will Victoria become one of those women or will she escape in time?
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Angelique C. Henderson on March 10, 2004
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Allison Hobbs, in her debut novel details the story Victory Carlton. Victoria, a wannabe singer, falls on hard times after she invests the small inheritance left to her by her Grandmother Nana on making a demo with a sleazy manager, Justice Martin in order to gain exposure for her in the music industry.
When the record deal falls through, in desperation and as last resort, Victoria, takes the name of Pleasure and joins the working class of prostitutes at a brothel called Pandora's Box.
At Pandora's Box, Victoria meets the sleaziest people, which only adds to her depression about the change in her life. But it is not until Kareem walks through the doors that Victoria allows herself to open up to the possibilities of love again. Even with the prospect of love on the horizon, is Victoria able to give up Pandora's Box? Or will she allow the fast money to control her life and stay at Pandora's Box?

I found the story enjoyable, but felt that the author spent too much time on the other characters at Pandora's Box, thereby letting the main character's story take a back seat too often. I also found that Kareem's character was not fully developed and thereby a great love story was lost because of this. The ending to the book was too quick and the tone of, "They lived happily ever after," was not fitting for all of the drama that Victoria and Kareem should've had to deal with, in her chosen profession.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Book lovin' diva on April 12, 2005
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Allison Hobbs, I give you a thumbs up on your first novel. I couldn't put it down after the first few pages. I had no idea on what goes in brothels or "massage parlors" and this opened my eyes quite a bit.

I was proud of the main character, Victoria, who took that risk to do what she had to do to provide for her son and keep a roof over his head.

She sunk to lows she never thought she would have to go to and encountered women from all walks of life who were at "Pandora's Box" for various reasons.

Very good read.
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