Let’s Get It On

Jill Nelson, Author . Amistad $24.99 (268p) ISBN 978-0-06-076330-5

Now playing: the second verse of Nelson’s wildly popular debut (Sexual Healing ), with Marvin Gaye again providing the thematic backup for the over-the-top sexual shenanigans and ribald politics embraced by the proprietors of A Sister’s Spa. This time out, Yale-educated lawyer LaShaWanda P. Marshall, and fellow spa founders Lydia Beaucoup and Acey Allen recreate their successful unorthodox Reno, Nev., spa on a boat moored off Martha’s Vineyard. As Wanda puts it: “We were offering women multiorgasmic sex without the complications or mating, dating, or a relationship, and they were hungry for it,” In Martha’s Vineyard, the crew appeals to the established black community to open its arms to the new business while battling a mobster trying to shake them down, a racist madman in their midst and a president who aims to outlaw anything but sex-for-procreation with a bill called “No Child, No Behind.” It’s a dopey mix of overbroad sexual and racial politics, but the sisters still manage to sizzle—and elicit smiles with their insatiable appetites for love, social justice and the sex trade. (June)

Reviewed on: 04/06/2009
Release date: 06/01/2009
Paperback - 268 pages - 978-0-06-076331-2
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