A beautiful young African-American goes through a string of bad men
before she learns to love herself. When her ambitious mother leaves
her ineffectual father for a richer man, Tyler Blake and her sister
are transplanted to an opulent but extremely dysfunctional new home
in Atlanta. Six-year-old Tyler is assaulted by her teenaged
stepbrother, and she witnesses her mother being abused by her new
father. In high school, her first boyfriend rapes her, and she
falls for flashy and possessive Trey, who ends up threatening Tyler
with a gun before killing himself. Fleeing yet another failed
relationship (this one capped by an abortion), Tyler moves to New
York City, where she attends college and tries her hand at acting.
She starts relying on men to take care of her financial, if not
emotional, needs. With heart-stopping looks, Tyler attracts plenty
of boyfriends, including Detroit-based NBA player Ian and big-shot
music producer T-Roc, who helps her score some modeling gigs. Her
relationships with the two men overlap, leading to a disastrous and
predictably violent outcome. She then meets another smooth-talking,
borderline-sociopathic music producer: Brian, who supports her
while also supporting another woman and child. Believing herself to
be in love, Tyler gets pregnant with Brian's child right before
their romance takes a turn for the worse. This results in an ugly
custody case and in Tyler's realization, at age 26, that she would
be better off alone than with someone who mistreats her. King's
debut, a would-be cautionary tale, offers little but sloppy
writing, despicable male characters and a silly heroine with
gold-digger tendencies. Repetitive, joyless melodrama. (Kirkus
Ever since she was a little girl growing up in Georgia, Tyler Blake
has dreamed of two things: being a movie star and finding a man who
would love her unconditionally. Watching her mother leave her
father for the money and abuse of another man, all Tyler has are
her dreams. But where those dreams lead her is also the problem. As
soon as Tyler graduates from high school, she heads - to the Big
Apple to attend college and to pursue her acting career. But
nothing prepares her for life in the big city. It's not long before
she gets caught up in a scene of sex, drugs, exploitation and some
of the sexiest, most scandalous, most powerful and sometimes most
forbidden men. They all want to own her, even at the cost of her
own soul. Tyler is exposed to a side of the industry that she never
thought existed and soon has a few dirty little secrets of her own.
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