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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,450 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: E. Lynn Harris Narrator: Adenrele Ojo, Bahni Turpin, Mirron Willis Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2008 ISBN: 9780739366363
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Harris serves up a treat that will capture and enchant audiences everywhere—a big, bold, and irresistible novel about football, family, and secrets.

Brady Bledsoe and his mother, Carmyn, have a strong relationship. A single mother, faithful churchgoer, and the owner of several successful Atlanta beauty salons, Carmyn has devoted herself to her son and his dream of becoming a professional football player. Brady has always followed her lead, including becoming a member of the church’s "Celibacy Circle." Now in his senior year at college, the smart, and very handsome, Brady is a lead contender for the Heisman Trophy and a spot in the NFL.

As sports agents hover around Brady, Barrett, a beautiful and charming cheerleader, sets her mind on tempting the celibate Brady and getting a piece of his multimillion-dollar future—but is that all she wants from him, and is she acting alone?

Carmyn is determined to protect her son. She’s also determined to protect the secret she’s kept from Brady his whole life. As things heat up on campus and Carmyn and Brady’s idyllic relationship starts to crumble, mother and son begin to wonder about the other—are you just too good to be true?

A sweeping novel about mothers and sons, football and beauty shops, secrets and lies, JUST TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE has all the ingredients that have made E. Lynn Harris a bestselling author: family, friendship, faith, and love. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • The storyline involving the exploitation of star athletes—a hot-button topic to be sure—is excellent. Chicago Sun-Times
  • Electrifying.... Widely entertaining and heartwarming. Urban Reviews
  • What's got audiences hooked? Harris's unique spin on the ever-fascinating topics of identity, class, intimacy, sexuality, and friendship. Vibe
  • Harris is a wonderful writer. His romantic scenes...are always touching. San Francisco Chronicle
  • Harris has stimulated a dialogue within the African-American community desperately needed for so long about the complicated issues of sexuality. Southern Voice
  • Harris's books are hot, in more ways than one. The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • [E. Lynn Harris] tucks in plot twists bound to keep his readers turning pages late at night. The Washington Post
  • From naked cocktail parties to religious conundrums, Harris gives you just the right amount of raunchiness and redemption. Upscale
  • E. Lynn Harris is the Beach Read King. All hail. Fort Worth Star-Telegram
  • “Harris is a great storyteller who knows how to tug on the heartstrings with wit and sensitivity.” 

    USA Today

  • Steamy, funny, and real. The News & Observer
  • Harris is a great storyteller who knows how to tug on the heartstrings with wit and sensitivity. USA Today
  • “[Harris] tucks in plot twists bound to keep his readers turning pages late at night.”

    Washington Post 

  • “The storyline involving the exploitation of star athletes—a hot-button topic to be sure—is excellent.” 

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “Harris’ books are hot, in more ways than one.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “Harris is a wonderful writer. His romantic scenes…are always touching.” 

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Steamy, funny, and real.”

    News & Observer

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Davidson | 2/19/2014

    " As always i enjoyed reading E.Lynn Harris book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tah-neka | 2/18/2014

    " Just like the title says....Just Too Good to be True. I couldn't put it down. This book is so good you'll even root for the bad guy/girl. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 2/11/2014

    " The first one I've read by this popular black author and I'm impressed. Great character development, well developed (albeit predictable) story about romance, sex, families and character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tk | 2/10/2014

    " This book was good. Not as good as some of the others, but enough to keep you entertained and curious as to what will happen next. Villans are the same trifling sneaky backstabbers. I felt some of the main characters were hard to swallow. The Mother and the son were very naive. But I did like that one of his old charcters makes some apperances. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Loretta | 2/7/2014

    " When I first picked this up I was interested and then felt like I was sucked into a Tyler Perry story. College sports are exciting in the raw talent, the youthful competitors, and the rigidity of expectations laid at these young folks doors. Being scouted by professionals is flattering and thrilling, yet it is a scary world that makes me glad I am a reader foremost and a backyard toss-the-ball-with-the-kids at the most. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nikk | 2/7/2014

    " This book was a true page turner. Staying true to the style and excitement that all of E. Lynn Harris' books bring I kept me interested from beginning to end. Reading this book was a bittersweet moment because I know there will be no more. Thank you Mr. Harris for your talent and creativity. May you rest in peace. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aquaflore Yu | 2/3/2014

    " I wouldn't have enjoyed it as much if it wasn't an audio book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adia | 1/31/2014

    " Nobodies Perfect and secrets are bound to come out! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Saleta | 1/15/2014

    " I liked this book. It's the first I've read by E. Lynn Harris and I enjoyed it. Of course I cried at the end. I'm a mother and I hope to share that same bond with my kid. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittany | 1/8/2014

    " Juicy and delicious!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail | 12/22/2013

    " I didn't think that this one was quite up to his usual standards of off the chain/over the back fence gossip greatness, but there is no question -- it is definitely juicy! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christina | 12/1/2013

    " This book was kind of boring in the beginning.. So i Didn't make it after the third chapter "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 11/10/2013

    " This was very different read, and e.lynn has done it again when he shows yes the relationship with mama and son and how lies can hurt a relationship. This is a very good read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dionne Magby | 11/7/2013

    " great book!! E.Lynn Harris is a excellent writer!!! May he rest in peace. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenifer | 9/26/2013

    " Not the best E. Lynn Harris, at least for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 stacie | 1/24/2013

    " I had high hopes for this book but it was painful to get through. It was disappointing to read about how everyone was keeping secrets from each other and that no one was being honest with each other. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kdb1806 | 11/17/2012

    " Pretty gd book makes me glad that I'm interested in reading all his books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindsay | 11/16/2012

    " When the author died a couple weeks ago, a friend lent this to me. This book had an interesting plot, but the writing and plot development felt very basic and unsophisticated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shae | 9/4/2012

    " Story was very engaging... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Belindia | 1/5/2012

    " This was my first E. Lynn book. I was so not interested in the alternative lifestyles series. I really tried not to like this one too, and it had a rough start for me. But by the end of the book I had to give it up. Good and easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lenlyn01 | 7/3/2011

    " I felt like it was just ok..I thought the mother could have come clean alot earlier but no the less a pretty good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betsy | 5/14/2011

    " Yes, it's complete Jackie Collins trash, poorly written, trite, etc. But I liked it. I'm so ashamed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri | 3/27/2011

    " I really enjoyed this story. It felt like a real slice of life. The characters were easy to identify with and there were twists and turns throughout but all very believable. I will definitely try this author again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aquaflore | 1/7/2011

    " I wouldn't have enjoyed it as much if it wasn't an audio book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chezon | 7/20/2010

    " It wrapped up in a cute bow & the end. Lacked depth & repeated itself too much. Sorry, can't recommend this one. Next! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tee | 5/28/2010

    " Great book deep insight to the world of scouting and sports "

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    " This is my favorite book of him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 3/31/2010

    " The first one I've read by this popular black author and I'm impressed. Great character development, well developed (albeit predictable) story about romance, sex, families and character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail | 3/30/2010

    " I didn't think that this one was quite up to his usual standards of off the chain/over the back fence gossip greatness, but there is no question -- it is definitely juicy! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deshondra | 2/7/2010

    " this is really a good book but i wouldn't recommend it to any immature person (cause its nasty @te beginning) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 1/20/2010

    " This was a good book, but I felt it took a long time to get to the juicy part. It took a long time to set up. I liked the book though. The mom character annoyed me most of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lena?(Nothing Like Your Last,Im Your Present) | 11/9/2009

    " Just finish this book and it was pretty good!
    Started off kind of slow but it didn't take long for me to start getting interested.

    First book I read by this author,but it won't be the last. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Saleta | 9/14/2009

    " I liked this book. It's the first I've read by E. Lynn Harris and I enjoyed it. Of course I cried at the end. I'm a mother and I hope to share that same bond with my kid. "

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About the Author
Author E. Lynn Harris

E. Lynn Harris (1955–2009) was the author of many novels and the memoir What Becomes of the Brokenhearted. Many of his novels made the bestseller list of the New York Times and other publications. His numerous awards include the James Baldwin Award for Literary Excellence and three BlackBoard’s Novel of the Year Awards.

About the Narrators

Adenrele Ojo is an actress, dancer, and audiobook narrator, winner of over a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards for narration. She made her onscreen debut in My Little Girl, starring Jennifer Lopez, and has since starred in several other films. She has also performed extensively with the Philadelphia Dance Company. She works as the general manager of Tupu Kweli Theatre Company in New York.

Bahni Turpin has won twenty-one AudioFile Earphones Awards and three prestigious Audie Awards for her audiobook narrations, and Publishers Weekly magazine named her Narrator of the Year for 2016. She is an ensemble member of the Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles. She has guest starred in many television series, including NYPD Blue, Law & Order, Six Feet Under, Cold Case, What about Brian, and The Comeback. Film credits include Brokedown Palace, Crossroads, and Daughters of the Dust. She is also a member of the recording cast of The Help, which won numerous awards.

Mirron Willis—actor of film, stage, and television—is the winner of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2012 and a finalist for the Audie in 2015, as well as the winner of four AudioFile Earphones Awards for his audiobook recordings. He has worked extensively in film and television and on stage with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Houston Shakespeare Festival, and the Ensemble Theatre, among others. He has recorded some 150 audiobooks, including the Smokey Dalton series by Kris Nelscott and My Song by Harry Belafonte. He resides and records audiobooks on his family’s historic ranch in East Texas.