In Love with a Thug

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Simon and Schuster, Aug 21, 2007 - Fiction - 256 pages
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A controversial new novel from critically acclaimed Essence bestseller Reginald L. Hall explores the attraction of dating a "bad boy" - from an entirely new angle.

During college, Juan Jiles fell in love with Darrell, who convinced Juan to help him rob one of Philadelphia's largest banks. During the heist, Darnell is killed, and Juan escapes with more than $175,000. After mourning the loss of his lover, Juan begins rebuilding his life and uses the money to open a popular celebrity hair salon.

Then along comes Bryant Thompson, a street thug with drugs, drama, and deception in tow. Juan falls in love with the hustling, muscle-bound Bryant and soon succumbs to Bryant's addictive world. Juan's life starts to spin out of control and he realizes that his meeting Bryant didn't happen by chance.

A story of a man doomed by passion, In Love with a Thug is by turns a humorous, tragic and hard-hitting look at the cost of destructive love and the price some pay for true happiness.

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I think personally the book was horrible. I'm so glad I borrowed the book instead.of buying it. There was too much drama. In every chapter there was at least one fight and a sex scene. There were no detail descriptions of any of the characters. Maybe I missed something but if he robbed the bank, Where did his money go for his shop to go bankrupt ??? The book was just completely unrealistic. She had a miscarriage and broke the baby neck in three places ??? Krazy.Glue in the daughters eyes. And not once in the story did he ever explain as to why the baby mother was acting so crazy. It needed a lot of work before it should have been published. But then again that's just my opinion  

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I don't know why I like this book so much. It's really good!!!! Read it!

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About the author (2007)

Reginald L. Hall is an Essence bestselling author and an outspoken advocate of gay rights. He has appeared on popular television talk shows, including The Ricki Lake Show, and is renowned for his controversial book Memoir: Delaware County Prison. He lives with his family outside Philadelphia. Visit his website at or and you can e-mail him at

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