Travis Maddox, Eastern University's playboy, makes a bet with good girl Abby that if he loses, he will remain abstinent for a month, but if he wins, Abby must live in his apartment for the same amount of time.
This is a tale of friendship, greed, and betrayal in the music industry—and a definitive history of America's biggest rap mogul. No one knows more about creating hits than Sean “Puffy” Combs. For years he virtually ran hip-hop. It seemed the perfect arrangement: “Puffy” provided the sounds and obsessive attention to detail while the Notorious B.I.G. promoted an image that kept rap fans happy. It should have lasted forever, but “Biggie” was murdered at the height of his career—and “Puffy”'s ascension to superstardom ushered in an age of disloyalty and deception that exploded into one of the greatest debacles in the history of the music industry. Through interviews with label insiders, grand jury testimony, and other sources, America's preeminent rap journalist Ronin Ro -reveals the true story of “Puffy” -addresses the larger issues that shaped the man and the industry -explains how Bad Boy both helped and destroyed hip-hop and R&B music -details why some artists “Puffy” created ultimately left his Bad Boy family in disgust. At once an intimate history and a portrait of an era, Bad Boy shows readers exactly how Combs lost his strangle-hold over the multibillion-dollar rap music industry. The story of Bad Boy Entertainment is the story of the American Dream, an up-close and personal account of the people, the money, the creative process that made it all come true, and the young mogul who caused the dream to fall apart. In this hip-hop tragedy of Shakespearean dimensions, readers finally learn the story that Sean “Puffy” Combs does not want them to know.
It begins on a rainy Monday morning. Detective Sergeant Beverly Trotwood is on her way to work at the Cop Shop when a shiny pickup truck begins to play bumper tag with her Jeep Cherokee. The driver is wearing an over-the-head Bill Clinton mask. The explosion comes next. Residents at the marina where Bev lives are startled when a bomb goes off in the galley oven of a sailboat. The owners are out on the dock at the time, but what happens to their sleeping cat is far from pretty. Soon, anonymous letters arrive in Bev’s in a basket at the office. Printed in black marker pen and “signed” with a Bad Boy sticker, each is a list of names. Unpleasant things happen to the people on the lists. A loan shark is beaten within an inch of his life; a trigger-happy cop is found dead in the New River. Bev investigates the Bad Boy case. Her sidekick, Ivory Jones, helps; so does Radar Thompson in forensics. For aggravation, they’re dealt Wally Finster, a big ex-marine with a potbelly and a crush on Bev. Bev and Ivory go on stakeout in the ’burbs; there is a rousing rodeo, and the Bad Boy is captured. And Bev still hasn’t decided whether or not to marry Art Ardsbarger.
Bad Boy in Control is book 3 of The Billionaire's Touch series. Parts 1-9 are available everywhere now! Book 1: Bad Boy in a Suit Book 2: Bad Boy in the Dark Book 3: Bad Boy in Control Book 4: Tied Up by the Bad Boy Book 5: Pinned Down by the Bad Boy Book 6: Set Free by the Bad Boy Book 7: Bound to the Bad Boy Book 8: Bent for the Bad Boy Book 9: Given to the Bad Boy Drawn into an endless web of intrigue and pleasure, Zoe finds it impossible to tear herself away from Alexander, the Blankenship family, and AEGIS, no matter how dangerous it may be... As Zoey and Alexander continue to face the ever-changing situation that has now been brought to their attention, Zoey finds herself growing closer to the most desirable man on all of Wall Street. But to be with Alexander means more than just intense games, passionate kisses, and sizzling love. It means fully entering into his world. It means utterly surrendering herself—not only to him, but to his family as well. The problem is, Zoey only has a vague idea of what it means, and the implications it will have.
Dream Jordan is back with a follow-up to the acclaimed Hot Girl Kate is devastated to find herself back in a group home after a peaceful year of living with her loving foster parents, Lynn and Ted. The fantasy life of having the perfect family has come to an abrupt end and Kate's reeling from having to return to the place she's fought so hard to avoid. Sad and lonely, Kate soon falls prey to the dangerous affections of Percy, a good looking but shady young man. He treats her well at first, manipulating her already broken heart, and soon a cycle of controlling and abusive behavior begins. Now Kate finds herself trapped and unable to be the strong, independent girl she's tried her whole life to be. But this Brooklyn-born girl is never one to let a bad situation keep her down for too long. Told in Kate's sassy, witty voice, Bad Boy is all about staying strong and remaining true to yourself even when it seems like the whole world is out to get you.
From the beginning, Jim Thompson knew he was going to catch hell no matter what he did. And during a childhood spent at the mercy of a father whose schemes put him on the wrong side of the law as often as the right, and a grandfather who knew the bad parts of town like the back of his hand, young Jim learned sin better than any writer had before. From his rabble-rousing adolescence in the American Midwest, to wasted teenage years in the seedy underbelly of the hotel industry, to Thompson's chilling encounter with the real-life inspiration of THE KILLER INSIDE ME, BAD BOY offers a fascinating glimpse at the formative years of the man who would become one of the most famous authors of modern American Noir, in the autobiography-as-novel that follows the birth of the legend himself in the signature style Thompson made famous.
A.J. Brandiosa becomes the bad boy of the Cyclone hockey team, and learns that his best friend is gay, as he tries to cope with his own sexuality during his senior year in high school.
In Bad Boy, renowned American artist Eric Fischl has written a penetrating, often searing exploration of his coming of age as an artist, and his search for a fresh narrative style in the highly charged and competitive New York art world in the 1970s and 1980s. With such notorious and controversial paintings as Bad Boy and Sleepwalker, Fischl joined the front ranks of America artists, in a high-octane downtown art scene that included Andy Warhol, David Salle, Julian Schnabel, and others. It was a world of fashion, fame, cocaine and alcohol that for a time threatened to undermine all that Fischl had achieved. In an extraordinarily candid and revealing memoir, Fischl discusses the impact of his dysfunctional family on his art—his mother, an imaginative and tragic woman, was an alcoholic who ultimately took her own life. Following his years as a student at Cal Arts and teaching in Nova Scotia, he describes his early years in New York with the artist April Gornik, just as Wall Street money begins to encroach on the old gallery system and change the economics of the art world. Fischl rebelled against the conceptual and minimalist art that was in fashion at the time to paint compelling portraits of everyday people that captured the unspoken tensions in their lives. Still in his thirties, Eric became the subject of a major Vanity Fair interview, his canvases sold for as much as a million dollars, and The Whitney Museum mounted a major retrospective of his paintings. Bad Boy follows Fischl’s maturation both as an artist and sculptor, and his inevitable fall from grace as a new generation of artists takes center stage, and he is forced to grapple with his legacy and place among museums and collectors. Beautifully written, and as courageously revealing as his most provocative paintings, Bad Boy takes the reader on a roller coaster ride through the passion and politics of the art world as it has rarely been seen before.
Bent for the Bad Boy is book 8 in The Billionaire's Touch series. Parts 1-9 are available everywhere now! Book 1: Bad Boy in a Suit Book 2: Bad Boy in the Dark Book 3: Bad Boy in Control Book 4: Tied Up by the Bad Boy Book 5: Pinned Down by the Bad Boy Book 6: Set Free by the Bad Boy Book 7: Bound to the Bad Boy Book 8: Bent for the Bad Boy Book 9: Given to the Bad Boy Someone is trying to frame Alex for all the murders, and it’s working With every passing second, more and more information surfaces that suggests Alex is behind all the murders. Even though Zoey knows his innocence, the strain and stress of staying one step ahead of the shadows chasing them is starting to finally take its toll. With every window closing fast around them, there’s only one person who might be able to do something—anything—to help them: Leo. But even if Leo can keep them hidden and safe in the vast countryside of Russia, Alex and Zoey both know that sooner or later, they must return and confront the person truly behind all of this. That is, if it’s not already too late.
“Guilty pleasures don’t come much tastier” than this sharp romantic comedy from the New York Times–bestselling author of The First Wives Club (People). Every Sunday, best friends Tracie and Jonny meet for brunch in Seattle and discuss their love lives. Tracie loves bad boys who seem too good to be true (and usually are)—while Jonny foolishly falls for girls who never like him “that way.” Then Tracie embarks on a makeover to turn him into a bad boy. She teaches him to scope out women at baggage claim; come back from a dinner date with a new girl’s phone number scrawled on his hand; and always carry a motorcycle helmet—even though he doesn’t ride a motorcycle. Jonny quickly becomes a successful heartbreaker . . . just as Tracie realizes that she might be head-over-heels in love with her best friend. But there are some major obstacles in her way—including Jonny’s wondering about why she never liked him for who he was without the leather—in this smart, laugh-out-loud tale of modern romance. “An old-fashioned tale of love and friendship . . . The dialogue is crisp and funny.” —Publishers Weekly