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Author: Sophfronia Scott Narrator: Adenrele Ojo Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2017 ISBN: 9780062791658
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In this vivid reimagining of the French classic Les Liaisons Dangereuses, it’s the summer when Jackie Robinson breaks Major League Baseball’s color barrier and a sweltering stretch has Harlem’s elite fleeing the city for Westchester County’s breezier climes, two predators stalk amidst the manicured gardens and fine old homes.

Heiress Mae Malveaux rules society with an angel’s smile and a heart of stone. She made up her mind long ago that nobody would decide her fate. To have the pleasure she craves, control is paramount, especially control of the men Mae attracts like moths to a flame.

Valiant Jackson always gets what he wants—and he’s wanted Mae for years. The door finally opens for him when Mae strikes a bargain: seduce her virginal young cousin, Cecily, who is engaged to Frank Washington. Frank values her innocence above all else. If successful, Val’s reward will be a night with Mae.   

But Val secretly seeks another prize. Elizabeth Townsend is fiercely loyal to her church and her civil rights attorney husband. Certain there is something redeemable in Mr. Jackson. Little does she know that her worst mistake will be Val’s greatest triumph.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Narrator Adenrele Ojo coaxes these two characters to life. Mae’s sultry voice paints her narcissism with a beautiful exterior coat while her vicious inner thoughts expose her rotten core. Val’s deep, confident tone exudes the aura of a handsome, successful businessman in his prime, while his inner thoughts reveal a hardened yet conflicted soul—or is it?”


  • “Marvelously dramatic…brings its era to life with lush detail.”


  • “At once beautiful and ominous, visceral and ethereal, tragic and fulfilling, Unforgivable Love is a genuinely moving novel of love and loss and the treacherous paths we make for ourselves when we let our passions run away with us.”

    Bret Lott, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Scott’s heady blend of sumptuous description, rarefied setting, sensuality, revenge, and redemption will keep readers engaged.”


  • “A brilliantly written retelling of a classic story, Dangerous Liaisons, that will enthrall readers from the first page. Mae is a character to be reckoned with—sharply intelligent, haughty, and with a steely demeanor. The rich, lush, descriptive storytelling creates an intricate, complicated plot. Overall, readers will be lured into her characters’ lives as well as their psyches. The interspersing of storylines is expertly handled.”

    RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, Top Pick!)

  • “Scott sets this fresh retelling…against an alluring backdrop of city nightclubs, country retreats, tight-knit church communities, and the Brooklyn Dodgers…A dazzlingly dark and engaging tale full of heartbreak, treachery, and surprise.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Complicated characters, unbearable tension, heartbreak, and betrayal make Unforgivable Love…an absorbing read. Sophfronia Scott is a master storyteller.”

    Erika Robuck, national bestselling author of Hemingway’s Girl

  • “An exquisite, sexy, beautifully imagined novel…A stunning accomplishment.”

    Christine Sneed, author of The Virginity of Famous Men and Little Known Facts

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About the Author

Sophfronia Scott hails from Lorain, Ohio, a hometown she shares with Toni Morrison. She was a writer and editor at Time and People magazines before publishing her first novel, All I Need to Get By. Her short stories and essays have appeared in Killens Review of Arts & Letters, Ruminate Magazine, Saranac Review, Numéro Cinq, Barnstorm Literary Journal, Sleet Magazine, and O, The Oprah Magazine.

About the Narrator

Adenrele Ojo is an actress, dancer, and audiobook narrator, winner of over a dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2018. She made her on-screen 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. As the daughter of John E. Allen, Jr., founder and artistic director of Freedom Theatre, the oldest African American theater in Pennsylvania, is no stranger to the stage. In 2010 she performed in the Fountain Theatre’s production of The Ballad of Emmett Till, which won the 2010 LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award and the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for Best Ensemble. Other plays include August Wilson’s Jitney and Freedom Theatre’s own Black Nativity, where she played Mary.