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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Oshun Publishing Company; First edition (December 19, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967602858
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967602851
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,140,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Shay is the psuedonym used by the author, a 21-year-old native New Yorker and college student who has dreamt, since childhood, of being a writer. RAW is her first published book.

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I can't wait for part 2.
Amazon Customer
Raw kept me turning the pgs wanting more, If you love a good read full of excitment,sex & deceit...this is the book for you.
Sandy Barrett Sims "The Book Connoisseur"
Oh yeah..and that scene with the horse was just downright nasty!!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Robinson on December 19, 2008
Format: Paperback
Raw tells the story of Chastity Jones, a street-smart 19-year-old young woman from Harlem whose father killed her mother when she was 16. After being sexually assaulted while in foster care (and boy, is the rape told in vivid detail!) she runs away and becomes a stripper in a men's club. It's there that she meets Legend Foster. He's a mysterious and gorgeous man who makes a mint by hosting parties for ballers and athletes in his Harlem brownstone. His parties are so famous, that people are willing to pay hundreds and thousands just to get into the VIP section. And let me tell you, some of the things that goes on in those parties will have you panting, sweating, and embarrassed to keep reading, but unable to stop reading!
Legend takes Chastity under his wing, and teaches her all the tricks to get men to spend big time money on her, and soon she's the toast of the town. But she's also fallen in love with Legend. But while she thinks he MIGHT be interested in her, he never makes a play.
Then she meets his cousin, Hunter. Sparks fly immediately, especially after he takes her shopping at Tiffany's and Winston's, and flies her to places like the Bahamas just to do more shopping.
But when Legend finds out that Chastity and Hunter has become an item he has a fit.
No, this is not like some of the urban erotica books where the main female character is beat up by the man (or men) in her life (come on, what's sexy about that?); I've read way too many of those books, as it is. This is a book about sex, love, lust, and money . . . and a woman who decides she wants it all -- and gets it all. The only question is, can she come out on top.
I cannot believe that this a debut book, and I really found it incredible when I heard that the author was only 21.
Raw is an incredible book. Incredibly written, and and incredibly exciting. And incredibly sexy!
And I'm just hoping there's a Part II!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kim Beverly on June 4, 2010
Format: Paperback
When I began reading this book, I thought it was going to be the same old story, just with different names! Boy was I wrong! In her debut novel, Shay has been able to capture my attention and I genuinely NEEDED to know what would happen next. Although there are many novels with the same type of background, poor stylish girl meets a rich stylish man, falls for him and goes through a lot of crap for her troubles; Shay has found a way to put a new twist on and made it a refreshing change! A female force to be reckoned with is nice change and she manages to make Chastity, the main character, important to the reader. You want her to triumph and you can feel the intensity of her life. Some things may take a little creative license, but it all flows well within the context of the story! I give this novel a five for the genre that it is in because I had grown weary with some of the same plots over and over again and Shay found a way to do it while keeping my attention! I know she will only get better and better and I look forward to reading her next novel!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Romich VINE VOICE on January 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
APOOO Rating: 4 stars
Amazon Rating: 4 stars

Ninteen year-old Chasity Jones seems to have it all. She is beautiful, classy and has plenty of money. That is...other people's money. She has men buying her cars, a condo, jewelry and taking her on shopping sprees.

When Chasity was sixteen, her father was sent to prison for murdering her mother and she was placed in a foster home. After being raped, she runs away and starts stripping at a men's club. This is where she meets the infamous Legend, who throws all the hottest underground parties. Where you will see some of the most famous celebrities, ballers and hustlers attending. Legend's sex parties include pretty much anything and everything, the kinkier they are, the better. Legend takes Chasity under his wing and teaches her how to use her assets to get what she wants and more, and although there is an attraction between the two, they keep it strictly professional.

When Hunter, a drug kingpin, whom also happens to be Legend's cousin, meets Chasity he falls for her instantly. Chasity figures if she cannot have the one she really wants, why not be with the closest thing to it. Little does she realize she may be in over her head. When dealing with a kingpin, danger lurks and death is looming around the corner.

Raw by Shay was a very entertaining read. It had me totally engrossed. A few chapters into the story, my mouth literally dropped open...like, no Shay didn't. The story is raw and uncut. Shay just may be crowned the new "queen of erotica."

Reviewed by Leona R.
APOOO BookClub
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By FluffieLuv! on February 20, 2009
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I really don't know what the other reviewers read because this book is not worth 5 stars. I'm sorry but this book was not at all realistic. It was definitely written well which is why I gave it two stars instead of one but it had the same 'ol hood fiction story line...beautiful girl...bad childhood...starts stripping and/or selling drugs...meats a unrealistic rich criminal and falls in love...then he dies or goes to jail living her on her own yet again. But this book was just too much. Chastity falls in love within a day or two. Get Serious!!! I don't want to give away too much of the story but I would recommend borrowing this book because it's not worth buying (I learned that the hard way). I'll still keep a look out for future books from this author because she can write well, but this one was a HUGE let down.
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