The New York Times bestselling Queen of Erotica, Zane is back with a new novel about a testy love affair that emerges between a woman who’s had enough and a man who’s had it all.
Jemistry Daniels is a bitter woman and not trying to hide it. Even though she is beautiful, intelligent, and makes six figures a year as a high school principal in Washington, DC, one man after another has failed her. So she decides to give up and join the party by adapting the entire “friends with benefits” mentality with a couple of men that she beds on the regular but refuses to hold any kind of real conversation with, in fear that she might actually catch feelings.
Everything is going according to plan until she meets Dr. Tevin Harris, a prominent vascular surgeon, one night at a poetry slam. Tevin listens to her deliver her male-bashing poem and instead of steering away from her like most men with any common sense would do, he asks her out. Tevin has been casually dating for years, ever since his failed marriage to Estella. They had suffered several miscarriages and the emotional pain had become too much for either one of them to bear and still wake up with each other every morning.
Opening up, gaining trust, tearing down barriers, and ultimately, having the audacity to love again is not easy for either Jemistry or Tevin. It takes a lot of transparency, emotional honesty, and patience to even begin to build a life together by helping each other rebuild what has been broken. The Other Side of the Pillow examines, explores, and exposes what it means to truly fall in love. It proves that true love stories do not have a happy ending. True love stories never end at all.
To say I was excited when I heard Zane was writing a new book would be a huge understatement. To me, despite what popular culture will lead you to believe, she is the one and only queen of erotica. In my opinion, The Other Side of the Pillow was quite different from her previous books and I still LOVED it!
“In truth, I disgusted myself because he was right. I had relinquished all my common sense and self-respect in the name of love. I used to scoff at women who stayed with men who cheated on them, or hit them. Yet, there I was with one who took pride in doing both.”
Ohhhh, don’t we all know a Jemistry? Or heck, we could be the one that is a Jemistry? Jemistry is a woman in a relationship with a man that she knows is no good for her, but yet she stays. Well, she stays until one day she realizes that she deserves more and walks away. Jemistry is definitely a believable character. She is flawed, broken, bitter, and has dealt with enough heartbreak and disappointment to last a lifetime.
Enter Dr. Tevin Harris!!
“I realize that we just met but I want to be “the example” of what a man should be instead of “another example” of what a man should never be.”
Did you catch that ladies??? Dr. Harris is swoon-worthy and everything else. But, he too is flawed and is carrying some baggage with him. The love story between him and Jemistry is one of push and pull. It is one of complexities and it develops over time as each of them learn to not only put down their walls but to be patient and wait for the other person to allow them in.
The Other Side of the Pillow came along right when I needed it in my life. It will serve as a constant reminder that nothing is gained by having a cold heart. Jemistry’s story reminds us that even though we had one that broke us down, there is someone that will help build us back up and become the true love of our lives. And, as mentioned before this is a step out of the norm for Zane as it isn’t erotica, but to me it is one of her best books to date. This is how you write a book about grown ups for grown ups!!
Ohhhhhh, and the note at the end from Zane is EVERYTHING!!!