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  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor Nicole Publishing (April 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979403804
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979403804
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,026,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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DJ McLaurin writes with flair and an incredible knack of description.
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Missy Reader's Paradise 8/25/2007 **My local book club had the pleasure of discussing this book with the author.
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This is a dramatic and very real story about family, betrayal, forgiveness and the many complexities of love.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CHayes VINE VOICE on September 28, 2007
What If It Feels Good by D.J. McLaurin is a riveting novel that throws you into the pit of hell and drags you into another world. This book is filled with everything from abusive relationships, cheating, stardom, uniting, and salvaging memories; you name it, it is in here.

Meet Michael Bagley, a young man forced to move out of his mother's home because of an abusive boyfriend. Where can he turn when he does not know who is his real father? Michael hits the streets where he does anything for money, food and shelter. When Michael tries to save his mother, Sarah, from her violent boyfriend the confrontation has him on the run. Facing jail time, Sarah must tell Michael the truth about the identity of his father, and Michaels' life will never be the same.

D.J. McLaurin pushes you to the point of no return. When Michael meets his father and is faced with his fathers' lavish lifestyle and happy family, all hell breaks loose. For goodness sake he was eating out of garbage cans, prostituting himself and sleeping under a bridge. How could Sarah let him live under these conditions given his father's status?

Michael now has a new battle to face; he has fallen in love with his father's best friend of twenty years. Will love prevail? When the lies become too much and boundaries are crossed who will come out unscathed?

This book is filled with an abundance of emotions; forcing me to feel the inevitable, cry and pray for Michaels' safety and sanity. As a parent, I was filled with mixed emotions, in regards to the lack of parental control the parents had over his life. I did however, enjoy reading this book, and look forward to the riveting sequel to find out if love conquers all.

I recommend this book to everyone who enjoys reading, feeling and appreciating a good story.

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Cheryl H
APOOO BookClub
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. J. Mclaurin on May 12, 2007
Thank you for considering this novel! When you first begin reading, you may think you know the direction in which the novel is going; then it suddenly twists and turns, and before you know it, you will have given up on guessing. Michael Bagley, a homeless teen who lives on the streets and worships his beautiful, stripper mom (Sarah), finds himself in serious trouble when a "beef" with her boyfriend goes bad. To save him, Sarah contacts his biological father, Joe, from a past extra-marital affair, who for 14 years, was led to believe the two children at home with his wife, Lydia, were the only ones he sired. Michael's life goes on a roller-coaster ride as he is introduced to a life of excess everything. He finds himself attracted to his father's best friend, Chachi, a charasmatic go-getter with beautiful brown eyes...and secrets. To protect his new son and his own reputation, Joe must risk a near 20-year friendship and battle his own demons that emerged from the past along with Michael. Meanwhile, Michael literally fights to fit in with a new family, grow up with his sanity intact and survive an incredible first-love...but he will quickly have to evolve from boy to man to conquer his biggest foe, Renee, who he'd sooner like to call Chachi's "ex-girlfriend"...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Readers Paradise VINE VOICE on September 11, 2007
What If It Feels Good to love like you've never loved before, and experience desires that continually throw you into identity turmoil? Meet Michael Bagley son of millionaire Joe Simpson & stripper mother Sarah of, What if it Feels Good? The story opens with young Michael exchanging "sexual favors" for food and shelter. Despite being kicked out of his mother's apartment by her live-in boyfriend (Jaye), Michael's adoration for his mom remains unchanged. During one of Michael's chance visits with his mother, he runs into Jaye and his life changes drastically.

In an attempt to help her son; Sarah contacts his father who has no idea he fathered a child with Sarah during their affair fourteen years ago. An arrest, a trail date, and a court order later, Michael finds himself living with his sperm donor. In his father's care, he finds a love uncharacteristic of who he is.

Despite the appearance of this being a BAB (big a** book), I can promise you that you will feel a loss and savor the pages long after you close this book. Michael and the host of characters in "What if it Feels Good?" leave you feeling good. The players are easy to relate to, often acting in ways that make them very likable. The story line is replete with wonderful characters you beg to know better.

The connection in this book that affects avid readers and characters is our belief that we have control over our emotions whether it's love, revenge, betrayal, jealousy or denial. This thing we call love is not something we have the power to control. Does that feel good? What if it feels good?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Dexter on June 5, 2007
What if it feels good? Shockingly reduced me to tears on a few different occasions. I couldn't put the book down as it was such a good read from the first chapter to the last page. This book also crossed social and ethnic boundaries which added another element of surprise.

I will tell you what feels bad . . . reading "What if it feels good?" and not having a sequel. There are some things I need to know NOW!
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