This is an inspiring debut novel revealing the hard truths about choices made and lessons learned. Smart, sassy, and full of surprises, "Friend's Lovers and Roses" follows three gay black American couples (and their Puerto Rican confidant) through the twists and turns of building (and sometimes destroying) relationships. Their stories - funny one moment, frightening the next - reveal the hard truths about the journey from lust to love and about the choices we make along the way. This fast-moving romantic drama swings from intense to inspiring and back again in a heartbeat as David, Allen, Stephen, Jamal, Sarafina, Dominique (and Damien) struggle with the things we do - and don't do - for love. "Friend's Lovers and Roses" introduces you to three couples, all in different stages of their relationships.
You'll meet David, a sweet, passive man who can't break the hold of his abusive live-in lover Allen; Stephen, who leaves his girlfriend and young son to pursue the sexuality he's been hiding with Jamal, a mysterious man with a shocking secret; Sarafina, who's desperately seeking to escape a powerful lover from her past as she builds a future with Dominique; and Damien, who's seen more than his share of heartache and heartbreak.
"Vernon Clay magically weaves the lives and romances of gay African Americans together in his groundbreaking debut novel. A master of lyrical dialogue, Clay has created living, breathing characters who suffer through domestic violence, trustless relationships, the illness of friends, and being true to oneself." - Dan Boyle"