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Too Much of a Good Thing Ain't Bad [Kindle Edition]

Clarence Nero
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Book Description

In this daring, original sequel to Three Sides to Every Story, acclaimed writer Clarence Nero takes us back into the lives of Johnny and James, who once again must battle their demons and the drama they can’t seem to escape.

Johnny and James survived the tough streets of New Orleans, but when Hurricane Katrina lays waste to their beloved Ninth Ward, they are forced to begin a new chapter in Washington, D.C. For Johnny, this means finally pursuing his dream of becoming a student at the historic Wheatley College. James soon joins Johnny in the nation’s capital, but their relationship, though strong, is strained by the pressures of their new lives. Then Johnny’s brother Carl and his wife, Tiffany, introduce Johnny to the beautiful, sexy, and smart Sheila Doggett with the intent of steering Johnny in a different direction. The entire family rallies around Johnny and Sheila’s budding friendship, and Johnny prepares to join the frat that is a legacy in his family.

But once James gets wind of what Johnny’s family is up to, he decides that he’ll stop at nothing to save his relationship. Meanwhile, Johnny is struggling to keep the peace with everyone and to keep a potentially deadly secret that could stand in the way of his dreams. Everyone is soon confronted with the miserable truth that the havoc in their lives has only just begun . . .

How far will would you go for love?

Our heroes and sheroes wrestle with this question as they struggle to do right by themselves and those they love, and the result is a fast-paced, thought-provoking roller coaster of a read.

Editorial Reviews


“One of our most promising writers.” —Maya Angelou

About the Author

CLARENCE NERO is the author of Three Sides to Every Story and the critically acclaimed novel Cheekie: A Child Out of the Desire. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Product Details

  • File Size: 380 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0767929721
  • Publisher: Broadway Books; Original edition (June 14, 2009)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002D9ZLJQ
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,131,280 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reconciling family, future and love ... finally. July 4, 2009
Johnny and James are a gay couple whose relationship has survived a lot: a stint in prison, an emergency evacuation from their Katrina-torn home town of New Orleans (and subsequent relocation to DC), as well as continuing pressure from Johnny's traditional and religious African-American family, who believes Johnny would repent his "sinful ways" (i.e., being gay) if away from James influence. While Johnny prefers to be discrete and keep things "on the downlow," James is proudly flamboyant, which leads to significant friction between the couple, to the point where James moves out of their apartment. When James learns that Johnny has started to date Sheila Doggertt, introduced to him by a family member and - coincidentally - his boss at the school where James is a teacher's aide, he confronts Sheila about their relationship. Meanwhile, Johnny is attending college for pre-law, trying to remain friends with James, keep peace with his family, keep Sheila from getting too serious about him, and using her contacts to pledge a prestigious African-American fraternity, which happens to be hostile to gays.

Nero's sequel to "Three Sides to Every Story" is a captivating and entertaining read, although some readers may have some problems with the "ghetto slang" phrases used regularly by most characters. Ultimately, it is a story about a 31 year old man having a delayed coming-of-age, finding the courage to pursue his dreams - and his love - despite significant obstacles along the way, and that's something with which any reader can identify. It's an interesting bowl of gumbo, which I give four out of five stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sexy, Sinful & Sizzling Read July 30, 2009
Johnny and James are back in this sequel to THREE SIDES TO EVERY STORY. Johnny still hasn't come to full disclosure about his sexuality. James is still the same - flaming and sure of his sexual identity. Enter Sheila successful school administrator looking to heal her heart and find the man of her dreams. Her family thought that man was Johnny and that's where things start to get tangled up. Their relationship was taking off and Sheila found out about Johnny's little secret. The drama that follows will keep your eyes riveted to every word and have you guessing about what the next move will be. Kevin is a supporting character that brings everything together and saves the day. The characters that add comic relief and the ultimate in melodrama are Flo, Mookie and Tiffany.

Nero doesn't disappoint with this sequel. The drama, the relationships and the sexual tension is some of the best written since E. Lynn Harris. Nero is a leader in character development, scene description and suspense. An avid reader could finish this novel in a matter of a few hours as the story will draw you in and won't let you go until the very end. If you aren't open to a variety of relationships, then this isn't the book for you. However, if you love a great story then get in your comfy chair, grab a cool drink and enjoy!

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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT READ May 14, 2010
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I met the author Clarence Nero at our book club meeting here in New Orleans after reading Three Sides to Every Story which is a must read if you plan on reading Too Much of a Good Thing Ain't Bad.... I couldn't see myself reading them out of order. Anyways this book for me was even better than the first.... I finished it in a day because with this one you can't put it down.... I loved everything about the book, but the ending was not at all what I was expecting..... It was great but it definitely let's you know Mr.Nero has to be coming out with a part three cus he can't just leave us not knowing what was said at the door... lol... But definitely a great read and definitely a great author luv him.... You will not be disappointed in this story....
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good job Mr. Nero Good job. November 24, 2009
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I have to say I really got into this book, it reminded me of a world that most people (that are open or not but have found peace) try and forget, the inner workings of life as a gay or bi man. And how each one of us has a different view of the world we all live. I enjoy the clarity that is found in the Clarence Nero style of writing. He has the ability to tell multiple stories and not lose the reader and keep all the stories interesting. I can not say that this book gives you what Three Side to Every Story will but it will keep you reading just the same. In this book you get a deeper look into the character and start to see why they think and do the things they do. You'll fly throw this book and be ready for the next. It is not as long as the first but that's just me wanting more. I quit enjoyed the detailed storyline of Three Sides...but this book it seems to be coming from a set, from the character perspectives (you'll have to read both books to understand what I am trying to get at here)...and journey, this is a well played second book but I worry that we could fall off of the magic of the first book (your going to have to read and see if you feel the same)... I know the first book set a high bar with me but hay I know that Clarence is a great storyteller, who enjoys developing well thought out plots and unforeseen twists, and he delivers in this book as well just in a different way. All in all it's a good book, I have to say it did not take away all of my free time as the Three Sides did but I was invested.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars CheekieTheMovie on Facebook.
The author is making a film out of his memoir Cheekie: A Child Out of The Desire. There's a Facebook page and twitter account called CheekieTheMovie.
Published 11 months ago by Tashema Alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars There has to be a part two!
I met the author in Dallas last year and decided to go out and purchase his book. I will say that I enjoyed the book and the drama that it consisted of. Read more
Published on April 20, 2010 by Marcel Emerson
5.0 out of 5 stars TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING AIN'T
This book was really good. I laughed and cried. This is the second book that I've read of Clarence Nero and I enjoyed both books. Read more
Published on March 31, 2010 by D. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars LMAO
I try so hard not laugh but this book is not only engaging but funny and the xters are crazy man
Published on March 27, 2010 by Milo Dandee
4.0 out of 5 stars Too Much of a Good Thing Ain't Bad
I liked this book. I am more surprised that I liked the thug more than the
boyfriend. I normally don't get into the thug stuff but James is too much of
a girl for me. Read more
Published on January 9, 2010 by Robert L. Fearn
4.0 out of 5 stars Acceptance...No Matter The Cost
In TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING AIN'T BAD, Clarence Nero continues the story of Johnny and James, first introduced to readers in Three Sides to Every Story. Read more
Published on January 3, 2010 by The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers
4.0 out of 5 stars All about support
Ok, so I was able to read this in one day. I guess it means I liked it but the ending...Well, left me feeling like there is a third book coming. Read more
Published on December 11, 2009 by J. M. Sirley
4.0 out of 5 stars Drama is so good...
Johnny and James have a love that no one can shake. Not Johnny's family despite their blatant disapproval in the beginning to their union, or can they? Read more
Published on November 28, 2009 by Readers With Attitude Bookclub
4.0 out of 5 stars A good thing ain't bad at all.
Clarence Nero's sequel to "Three Sides To Every Story" really gets at my heartstrings. His urban tale of same gender love has vivid and tangibly true to life characters. Read more
Published on August 30, 2009 by M. Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars off the hook
if u love drama get ready!!!! this book takes off where it left off and does not disappoint. if u like drama this is your book and everyone coincides with each other. Read more
Published on August 10, 2009 by JerseyChick
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