If Only for One Nite

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Alyson Books, 1997 - Fiction - 200 pages
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Mitchell Crawford attends his high school reunion - and faces his past, present, and future all at once. In addition to catching up with his classmates, he also sees the man who broke his heart. Warren Reid was Mitchell's gymnastics coach. Warren turned Mitchell, a student who detested all types of sports, into a statewide champion - and during that two years of training and triumph, they were lovers. For Mitchell, the affair was everything he had dreamed it could be - and Warren was all that he, an anxious and horny teenager just beginning to formulate a gay identity, wished for in a man. Warren was his first love, and like those naive and inexperienced in the game of love, Mitchell expected it to last forever. So he was more than a little hurt when, after he graduated, Warren dumped him, explaining, "I was not in love with you. How could I be? You're just a kid." With this painful memory, Mitchell argues to himself and others (including his lover of one year, Raheim "Pooquie" Rivers) that he couldn't possibly have any feelings for Warren. But all those feelings come rushing back on reunion night. Now 44, Warren's still got it goin' on: a regal six foot two, a solid 225 pounds, and, despite a few gray hairs on his head, a wrinkle-free, youthful face. Mitchell's best friend, B. D. (Barry Daniels, a.k.a. Brain Dense), warns Mitchell, "Good Black don't crack, " and that despite his love for Raheim, he may find Warren too irresistible. And as he and Warren exchange flirtatious glances and talk through the night, Mitchell does. Naturally, Warren senses Mitchell's defense weaken and makes his move. Will Mitchell fall for his charms - and be the same fool twice?

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I enjoyed the flow of stories (eventually). Yes, eventually. The first 30 pages were difficult to follow, as well as the pages linked to the song 'Gone Too Soon', as James randomly talked about more ... Read full review

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James Earl Hardy has written for Essence, Newsweek, Entertainment Weekly, the Washington Post, the Advocate, and the Source. The recipient of many prestigious honors and awards, he lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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