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When two childhood buddies, Brice and Christian, fall for the same girl, their friendship is tested. On a military leave, Brice returns home to Georgia and meets a college student, Mia. After only 30 days, they fall in love and marry. It isn't until their return to North Carolina that Mia really gets to know her husband, who believes that because he wears the pants, Mia should abide by his rules. Because Brice is a Marine recruiter and travels frequently, he encourages his best friend to spend time with Mia in his absence. She is so in love that she accepts her husband's authority until he becomes violent. In Christian's role as friend and babysitter, he realizes that he is also in love with Mia. To stay true to his friendship with Brice, he remains steadfast yet supportive of Mia. When Christian is forced to choose between Brice's friendship and Mia's safety, he chooses Mia. This effective novel shows that the ties that bind are painful for all three individuals, and each has to live with his or her actions and choices. Lillian Lewis
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"Swoops with grace to eloquently tell a poignant and touching story. . .that is the essence of well crafted fiction." -- Timmothy McCann - Best selling author of Until, Always and Forever.

The Ties That Bind is an excellent debut novel with cutting-edge dialogue, intriguing characters, and a spicy storyline. . . -- Zane, National Bestselling Author of Addicted, Shame on it All, and The Sex Chronicles: Shattering the Myth --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade; 1st edition (October 5, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451213211
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451213211
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,552,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After successfully self-publishing her debut novels, The Ties That Bind and Loose Ends, New American Library, a division of Penguin Group, bought the rights. Electa signed a three-book deal with New American Library. All three books were immediately chosen as Black Expressions Book Club main selections and embraced as Books of the Month by book clubs across the country. Dubbed a "book club favorite," avid readers have embraced Electa's true to life characters that tackle prevalent and heavy hitting issues.

Since then Electa has become a best-selling author of several mainstream and erotic novels, Almost Doesn't Count, Ladies' Night Out, These Are My Confessions (anthology), Diary of a Stalker, True Confessions and The Stalker Chronicles(dropping 2-1-12)with Penguin Group, HarperCollins and Kensington. Electa has been a frequent guest on radio shows, has been nominated for many industry awards and has been interviewed by newspapers and several national magazines.

Electa is currently following her passion and working on her next novel.

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Customer Reviews

I definitely look forward to Electa's next book.
Marilynn Jackson
The characters are believable and the story line excellent.
Sharron Nuckles
I read the book in a day and could not put it down.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "divalicious" on November 29, 2001
Format: Paperback
This novel was good from the first page to the last. I love the characters Mrs. Parks choose to use to tell this story.
You have Mia a beautiful young woman who dreams of having a black knight in shining armor which turns out to be Brice. Brice is controlling, possessive and very jealous. I know hate is a strong word to use, but I truly hated this man for what he put Mia through. He treated her like his child rather than his wife! Then you have Christian his best friend and adopted brother who adds more drama to this story than a little! In my opinion Brice never deserved a woman like Mia. She was too good for him. He treated her like NOTHING and she treated him like EVERYTHING.
This story has became one of my favorites and is a MUST READ! It really open my eyes to a world I have never experienced. The Ties That Bind will have you turning page after page to see what happens next and the characters will stay with you long after you have finished the book.
Go get this one you will not be disappointed!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 18, 2002
Format: Paperback
Electa Rome Parks' debut novel deals with the relationships of three well-developed characters - Mia, Brice and Christian. It is a realistic story of marriage and friendship gone awry. After a brief courtship, Mia and Brice marry and Mia's life is dramatically altered.
THE TIES THAT BIND shows how each individual's backgrounds influenced how they interacted with each other. The novel, also, examines how childhood relationships with parents and friends can shape our relationships as adults.
The scenes are very descriptive. Mrs. Parks seemed to have put each character under a microscope so one can actually feel the intenseness of Brice's anger, Mia's fear and Christian's indifference about the whole matter. That is, until he
(Christian) finds he has fallen in love with his best friend's wife.
Our group, the Obsidian Book Club, found the book interesting and we recommend it highly. We hope that Mrs. Parks will continue to develop these characters. We are curious about what will happen to them. Also, we wonder what would happen if Brice met someone who has the same aspirations he has. - OBSIDIAN BOOK CLUB MEMBERS
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 9, 2001
Format: Paperback
The Ties That Bind takes a realistic look at a relationship seen through the eyes of three main characters: Mia, Brice and Christian.
Mia who is a hopeless romantic dreamed of marrying the perfect man but found that her spouse Brice is possesive, filled with jealousy, spousal abuse, and mental abuse and questions whether there is such a thing as happily ever-after.
Being in this type of relationship, Mia begins to turn to Brice's best friend Christian. Christian, a womanizer finds himself falling in love with Mia and the drama begins.
The book was very fast pace and I was unable to put it down. The characters were very realistic and I found myself laughing and angry at Mia for continuing in the relationship with Brice.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Radcliff on September 20, 2001
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Okay, I thought the title was interesting, but I hadn't read anything by this author before. I decided to give Electa Rome Parks a chance and I wasn't disappointed. The Ties That Bind is a trip. I couldn't put it down. The three main characters: Mia, Brice and Christian are something else. Without giving too much away, what happens when an immature woman meets up with a very worldly man who has these crazy ideas about love and marriage and then we add to that recipe the best friend (Christian) who is always in the picture. What happens? All hell breaks loose! If you are looking for a good, no great read, run to pick this one up. I'm still laughing and my mouth is still hanging open from those love scenes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robin Leaks on September 24, 2001
Format: Paperback
I always try to support new African-American authors who are publishing their works. So when I heard abouth The Ties That Bind, I decided to give Electa Rome Parks a try. To say the least, I wasn't disappointed. Mia, Christian and Brice pull you into the story immediately. It's like coming home to friends. You get to know their joys and pains. The author, Electa Rome Parks, does an excellent job of taking readers into these characters lives and minds. Brice is a trip, Mia needs to grow up and Christian is torn. Yet, we root for them to be happy. If you're looking for a good read, a page-turner, sensual scenes, then look no further. I'm anxiously awaiting the next one. Kudos on a job well done.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By P. Hollingsworth on January 29, 2005
Format: Paperback
I was intrigued and bought this book after reading the review recommendations and seeing it hyped in a "Black Expressions" book club mailing...but after reading the story, I'm really sorry I did. I was very interested in the premise and I wanted to enjoy this debut book--I really did, that's why I stuck with it to the end--but the story's delivery was so poor, it was painful. Though I can appreciate Electa Rome Parks' effort and clear passion to be a writer, I would be remiss if I didn't say that despite finding a major publisher, she should really consider attending writing classes if she wants to sustain a successful career (making more than just mediocre sales) as an author that appeals to a wide audience of readers.

With that said, THE TIES THAT BIND is a love triangle told from the individual perspectives of the three principle characters--Mia, Brice, & Christian--but none of the three ever develops a separate, distinct voice. The story is told by cardboard cutouts of the roles they are assigned to play...Mia: the delicate beauty and poor, innocent, misguided and battered wife. Brice: the handsome husband in uniform with a possessive/abusive streak. Christian: the beleaguered best friend balancing his conflicting feelings for the other two. Surely one can see where this is headed, right? It's that predictable.

"The apple doesn't fall far from the tree"......"There's a thin line between love and hate"......"You have to lie in the bed you make"......."The truth will set you free"......these are just a few of the trite clichés that litter the story.
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