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Ironically, Zoe had probably been through more drama than anyone else in the room. Her sexual addition had led to three simultaneous affairs with two of her lovers ending up dead at the hands of a third. Zoe emerged from her seat and approached Brian. The young woman had exited as quietly as she had entered. Damn, she always does that! Nervous 1 jonquinette I entered my third floor apartment fighting back tears. I tossed my keys onto the coffee table and kicked off my low-heel black pumps. I continued down the hall into my bedroom and collapsed on my king-sized bed.

And sleep alone I did. The red light on my answering machine was blinking.

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Who could possibly have called? On a Saturday, no less. Normally it would be Momma, but she was out of the country for two weeks. Momma had a way of fantasizing like no other. One day I hoped she would find whatever it was she was truly searching for. I rewound the tape and hit play. I heard that overanxious voice daily at work. Why was Darnetta calling me at home on a Saturday? We were coworkers but rarely spoke more than two words to each other.

I was going to ask you about going out sometime soon anyway and I saw this as the perfect opportunity.

You always seem so shy at work. Anyway, give me a call if you can make it. Me in a club? That meant a lot of people. That meant a lot of men. I cut up a few russet potatoes and boiled them along with a pouch of broccoli. While I was waiting for my meal to get done, I pulled some paperwork out of my briefcase and looked over the weekly shipping records for the office supply warehouse where I was head accountant. They were way under target for the week, something that normally only happened around holidays. After all, who orders office supplies for Christmas presents?

But we were in the middle of August, when there were no holidays. I debated about answering for the first three rings. What if Momma was calling back? Maybe something had gone wrong in Paris. I picked it up on the fifth ring, one ring before my answering machine normally kicked in. Did you get it?

Sometimes I talk too loud. You trying to hang out tonight or what? The show is going to be all that and them some. What do you mean? They were so hard to come by. He was all she ever talked about—rather, bragged about—in the break room. He went to Durham. I told him about this concert weeks ago but he made plans to go hang out with some of his immature friends anyway. Surely there had to be one other person in the entire city of Atlanta Darnetta could get to go with her. I had a lot of errands to run today. Maybe we can go out some other time.

Do I stink or something? How old are you? You have a man, right? I could never tell her the truth. You know how it is. There will be a ton of bachelors there tonight, just waiting on a sexy sister like you to grace their presence. Who was she trying to fool? I could tell she was disgusted. Well, I better run and get ready for the evening. You can believe that.

Darnetta said that if I changed my mind, I could call back within a couple hours. But that would never happen. There was no way I was going to a club with a bunch of strange men around. They made me nervous. I ate my dinner and watched some cable. I was completely drained by ten. I took a hot shower, threw on some pajamas, and climbed into my bed with the latest D. Nervous 2 Two Hours Later jude What kind of boring sista falls asleep at ten-thirty on a Saturday night?

Jon really needed to wake up and smell some strong-ass coffee. We were young, educated, and beautiful. But the way Jon dressed, which I hated, deterred people from figuring out the beautiful part. I was sick and tired of the ugly-ass, wire-rimmed glasses. I could see just fine without those stupid glasses. Jon could wear them but I refused to reduce myself to that. I checked out our reflection in the mirror. A body like this is meant to be displayed.

I tore the pins out of our hair and let it flow before breaking out the curling iron to hook our ass up. We were showing mucho cleavage and looking damn good. Finding Darnetta to grab that extra ticket would prove to be damn near impossible. Jon was always fucking things up for us. Darnetta was a cool sista and Jon had no business turning down invites in the first place.

I almost fainted when she agreed to accept the next invitation from Darnetta. Jon never said anything while she was there. Besides, there was nothing for her to say. After circling the block three times, I finally lucked out and spotted someone pulling out of a space. The music was slamming but there were more than a hundred people in line. I wanted in there bad. That says it all. Damn, I just love bald heads! That was the first thing that came to mind when I spotted his blue-black ass standing at the end of the line. The brotha definitely had my interest as I approached him.

I surveyed the area. The couple in front of him was locking lips and needed to get a room. Fine and I needed to get a room our damn selves, but I had something much better in mind. I brushed my fingertips over one of his ass cheeks. He swung around and glared at me with a pair of sexy, brown, bedroom eyes.

He was seemingly pleased with what he saw before him and his eyes dropped down to my exposed breasts. The heat had calmed down from earlier and the cool breeze was making my nipples hard. He flashed an enormous smile. Why must they always ask that? I was feeling that. I inched closer to him and grabbed his dick. Yes, he was surely from an island; somewhere Mandingos are bred on the regular. Two sistas all hoochified for the evening walked up behind us. I glanced at them. That meant two less people they had to wait behind. They were elated and it showed.

I looked back into his eyes. I enjoy sex in unusual places. The possibility of getting caught, the thrill of someone else watching, just does something to me. Can you handle that? Hell yeah, I can. I bet your name is also. To ask other readers questions about Nervous , please sign up. See 1 question about Nervous…. Lists with This Book. Mar 11, William Beesley rated it it was ok. I've just read my first trashy erotica novel. I went in knowing little about sexually explicit books only to be vicariously involved in a multi partner, Internet abusing, pan Georgian, sexual orgy.

The sex was hard and fast, happening in three paragraphs or less and kinda scary and kinda interesting.

I read Nervous because several people have posted comments that if only the world would read more trashy erotic novels war and poverty would cease to exist. I don't know where they got their facts f I've just read my first trashy erotica novel. I don't know where they got their facts from but with that in mind I decided to read this book by Zane. Chapter 1 starts out innocently as Jonquinette thinks about how nervous she is about everything in her life.

Followed by chapter 2 of her alter ego Jade Jonquinette has a split personality getting it on fast and crazy back alley style. That's the rest of the book. A chapter of sweet, naive Jonquinette living her life afraid of sincere guys followed by a chapter of Jade gone bonkers looking to get it on before her chapter ends. I was really impressed with Jade, sometimes she only had 5 pages to find a guy convince him she didn't have any STD's and get busy.

Oh yea then there was some character development throughout but I think its more of a side note until the end. Speaking of which, candidly I didn't see the twist at the end coming. Hopefully you will be too if you have a chance to read Nervous. View all 3 comments. Apr 02, Tatiana rated it liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Nervous is one of many fiction novels by Zane.

I chose this book because my friends and I have been trying to read any of her books that we come across. After reading Addicted I had to read this one too, especially since I had been left out of the numerous conversations about it. I of course was the only one whom had yet to read it. The protagonist Jonquinette a young successful and beautiful Black woman. As the title entails she is very nervous, especially when it pertains to dealing with those Nervous is one of many fiction novels by Zane.

As the title entails she is very nervous, especially when it pertains to dealing with those of the opposite sex. Naturally she has no boyfirend. She tries hard to avoid men all together. The only problem is she keeps blacking out and waking up covered in the scent of a man, well several different men. Everyone, including Zane's audiance and excepting all but two characters in the novel none of the two are Jon are aware of what's going on. All Jon knows is that she has had these black outs since she was young but she hadn't always woken up with the smell of a man or men on her body and the more it happens, the more she starts to worry.

She goes to sexual addiction meetings but feels so out of place because as far as she is concerned, she is a virgin. We know that she has a split personality that is the total opposite of Jon. Her name is Jude. Jude is the promiscuous beautiful black woman that is concerned with nothing other than having sex as much as she can before Jon "wakes up". Finally after a couple nights of running out of the meetings in tears she is confronted by a fellow member, Zoe Reynard.

Zoe offers to talk to Jon if she feels comfortable and refers her to the doctor that helped her through all of her problems. Nervous about going to see a shrink and to embarrassed to go back to the meetings Jon continues on with life as if nothing is going on. Just then a handsom man named Mason moves into her apartment building there is a mutual affinity but Jon is too nervous to let anything blossom between the two.

Jude of course unhappy about the situation instigates more problems for Jon. After a couple run ins with Mason her black outs occur more often and she finally decides to start seing the shrink, Dr. Marcella, and Jude stars causing even more problems for her. Marcella uncovers the dark secrets from Jon's past and lets Jon in on it. More and more twists are revealed through out the novel.

The plot continues on to unveil why Jude is there. The plot also follows the turbulent relationshop between Mason and Jon. Oh and there is a HUGE plot twist in the end that you will have to just read to figure out. As Jon struggles with man vs. Meanwhile, sex, nervousness, fear, love, and secrets are all reoccuring motifs and symbols throughout the novel. Jude knows something is wrong but she doesn't know what.

She also knows that she cannot always go through life being deathl affraid of men her whole life or she'll miss out on one of the few good ones left, Mason. Zane writes in a very informal manner making this book an easy read. She writes in first person for all characters and also takes on a thord person point of view at times to add elemets of curiosity that later evolve into plot twists. She wastes little time with elaborate discription but the images are far from difficult to image because of the settings she chooses for her story. The book reads fast giving it the feeling of a movie.

Its an attention grabber and keeper. Zane really utillizes elements of suspense and surprise to keep the readers' attentions. Each character's different personality is displayed through the context of their chapters. By reading what is written it is obvious exactly who is talking which comes in handy for the HUGE plot twist. When a page is filled with profanity and talk about sex, without a doubt it's Jude talking. If a page reads with a calm comforting tone, without a doubt it's Dr.

All of these factors do contribute to an interesting read, but it does take away from the depth of the characters.

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So though it may be an interesting read and it makes you think there is nothing intellectually compelling that one could take away form this book. It's purely "for your entertainment". I would recommend it to a mature audiance that wants to be kept interested or is looking for something that will entertain and not hurt the brain. It's a fun book and a quick read. Jun 05, Mya rated it it was amazing. This is my favorite Zane.

The raw emotions this book portrays is amazing. Mar 19, The CurvyJones rated it really liked it. I"m not that big of a Zane fan I like a little plot with my sex but this book was more story than sex and I really enjoyed it. It was a delicious little mystery to unfold! Feb 13, Erica rated it it was amazing Shelves: I have not read another book that had the main character caught up in real split personalities. The way we learn about the main character and her life and what has happened to her, we empathize, and then when we learn that she has a split personality because of past trauma Aug 25, Raven Kenneybrew rated it it was amazing Recommended to Raven by: I was recommended this book by a friend.

The book Nervous is about a girl named Jonquinette Pierce who has never had a boyfriend. The weekdays belong to Jonquinette and the weekends belong to, Jude. Jude emerged in second grade when Jonquinette kept getting picked on by other girls. Jude is the type that doesn't care what she do. Jude would use violence and, Jonquinette wouldn't know anything about it.

When Jonquinette is seeking psychiatric help, Jude fears it might be the end for her. Later, I was recommended this book by a friend. Later, in the book Jonquinette meets a man who she is really having feelings for. His name is Mason. They first meet when he moved into her apartment building. Never having a boyfriend Jonquinette never really knew what so say when Mason always would flirt with her. Se opened up a little bit and they were starting to talk date.

But, one day Mason came up to visit and check on Jonquinette because he had heard she was sick and Jude had taken over. Mason not knowing about Jonquinette problem didn't know what to do or think. Jude wanting to ruin their relationship had told Mason everything "Jude" had did. The next day Jonquinette noticed Mason didn't speak to her nd knew something was wrong. He had told Jon everything that had hape that night between him and Jude. Jonquinette had explained her prolblem to him and being that he was really in love with her he told her that he was with her the whole way.

Jonquinette's psychiatrist said that it would have been best if her parents were to attend her meetings with her. So Jon got in touch with her father who had left them about six years ago because some woman had came to her parent's house saying that she was pregnant with Jon's father baby. Which, was a lie the whole thing was Jude's plan. Being that Jon's father and mother were starting to spend more time with each other they had decided to get re-married. Of course Jude thought it was stupid while, Jon thought it was a great idea.

One day at one of their family meetings the truth was coming out from everybody, everyone had someting hidden from the rest. That day Jonquinette also found out that the reason she has that dsorder was because Jan 12, Lina rated it did not like it Shelves: Nervous was original part of a short story Zane had written for an anthology, but it later developed into a full-length novel. However, Jonquinette is completely unaware of Jude's actions, including the multiple and seemingly unprotected sexual escapa I would categorize Nervous as the weakest of Zane's novels if I hadn't read Shame on It All.

However, Jonquinette is completely unaware of Jude's actions, including the multiple and seemingly unprotected sexual escapades. Now, I am not an expert on MPD and I understand that with a certain income it might be difficult to get your child the help that they need, but the fact that Jonquinette did nothing about this for years just seemed out-of-place.

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These black-outs first started when she was a kid and then Jude would beat up or attack bullies who assaulted Jon. Yes, a child will often say "I didn't do it" when they are caught red-handed, but this went on for years.

Not to mention if I woke up with sperm on me and knowing myself to be a virgin, I'd be calling the police, hospital, somebody. I also find it hard to believe that with all the men she has been sleeping with no one caught on to this sooner. Half the sex scenes in this book take place in public venues and if they are as intense as the writing makes it seem, they weren't quiet. I could not suspend that much disbelief.

As for the story, it just got more and more melodramatic as it went along, the revelation about the father was just so-so over the top I couldn't help but roll my eyes. Nervous lacked the corny-sweetness of Afterburn and the realistic pain of Addicted.

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All-in-All, I would not recommend it as one of Zane's best. Jan 26, Adriana Calcote rated it it was amazing. When I first read started reading this book, I thought the main character was carzy and she had mental issues. But as I read further along, I began to understand more and more why she is the way she is. Some of the events that took place in her life I connected to because it either happen to me or I've seen it first hand. I really enjoyed reading this book, kept me interested. Mar 31, Rai rated it did not like it. If I was grading this book on ridiculous, it would be getting five stars.

But rating it on quality? It's lucky it gets one. They're catchy, they're sexy. I'm glad I tried it, but I probably won't be venturing into this realm anytime soon. May 04, Mathis Bailey rated it liked it. This novel sits at 3. This book reads more like a mystery novel rather than erotica. It plays with the mind for sure. The story kind of reminded me of the movie Cat Woman with Hallie Barry. The main character Jon, she's a good girl by day and a bad girl by night. The writing was sexy and smooth.

The only thing I had fault with was the fluffy sex scenes. They didn't propel the plot forward which I found myself zoning in This novel sits at 3. They didn't propel the plot forward which I found myself zoning in and out. It's one of the reasons why I shy away from erotic novels. The romance between Jon and Manson was good. I felt Mason was an undercover freak.

It seemed as if he got aroused hearing about Jon's crazy nights. The ending took me by surprise. Didn't see it coming.

However it lacked foreshadowing. I felt the author threw people underneath the bus for shock value. The story is set in Atlanta and narrative by a young black woman by the name of Jon. She seeks psychological help when experiencing these random episodes of blackouts. Later on, she is encouraged to dig into her past and she discovers some shocking family secrets and much more.

If you read Zane's novel Vengeance and liked it, you will like this one. It's scandalous and mentally twisted. This makes an excellent midnight read. It's a page turner for sure. Oct 02, Jamilla Lewis rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: She has to deal with not only the challenges of her daily life but she also had to deal with the damage that her other persdonalities were giving her such as; waking up with h "this is one of the best books ive ever read because even thought it has a lot of sex in it, it has also taught me alot about having MPD" my outake on this book dealing with conflict is that the internal conflict that she faces with her multiple personalities is one of the toughest conflicts in a book that i have ever read.

She has to deal with not only the challenges of her daily life but she also had to deal with the damage that her other persdonalities were giving her such as; waking up with her vagina hurting and not knowing how that happen. So I finished it. I read this book on the advise of my sister-in-law My rating is more like 3. A lot of the twists and turns I could see from a mile away, although the story was interesting it was very predictable. I haven't read Zane in a long time and I probably won't read the other books in this standalone series.

The So I finished it. There is no video review for this book. For other video book reviews check out my YouTube Channel: Jonquinette is a sweet, nervous, and shy girl.