by E. Lynn Harris and RM Johnson, $25; Simon & Schuster; 305 pages
You have 24 hours in a day.
There are more than 1,400 minutes and around 86,000 secondsand you still can't do everything you need to get done.
Some days, you just want to clone yourself. With two of you, maybe you'd get finished. Double you, and you might actually get ahead.
Cobi Aiden Winslow just found his doppelganger in the last place he'd ever think to look. In the new book No One in the World by E. Lynn Harris and RM Johnson, it might be the last thing he ever does.
Winslow always had whatever he wantedexcept for one thing.
From the moment he was adopted, he had maid service in a mansion in the best Chicago neighborhood. He had nice clothes, a law-school education, cars and antiques, but he didn't have his father's acceptance.
Winslow was gay, and his father hated it.
However, that acceptance was never going to come. Cobi's parents were killed in a plane crash, but not before telling him that he had a twin brother … somewhere. Absent a father's love, a new-found brother occupied all of Winslow's thoughts.
Sissy Winslow learned about the family business at her father's elbow. She thought it would be hers someday, so when her parents' will was read and her brother got half the shares, she was stunned. Cobi didn't know a thing about Winslow Products. He was a lawyer, not a CEO.
Worse yet, the will stipulated that Cobi had to be married to a woman by his 34th birthday, or his share of the stocks would be sold.
A takeover was imminent.
Cobi turned 34 in 25 days. There was no woman on the horizon.
Thinking quickly, Sissy Winslow devised a plan to save the business. As she searched for a stylish, smart, society, Winslow-worthy woman who could be bought, Cobi searched for his twin brother.
However, as Cobi was finally reconnecting with a part of him he never knew about, he was also inviting trouble. Although he'd been successful in hiding it thus far, there were suddenly too many people who knew he was gayand that knowledge was going to cost him.
Author E. Lynn Harris has been gone two years now and, in his preface, co-author RM Johnson says that he and Harris collaborated on this novel before Harris' death. So is this book reminiscent of Harris' other books, or…?
No One in the World is spicier than you might be used to. There's an underlying feeling of threat that's irresistible and though you might think you know what's going to happen, you'd be wrong. There were times, granted, when I thought the story briefly got a little silly but I did like how it unfolded overall, and how there were surprises in the creases.
If you're looking for something quick to take on vacation with you this summer, you can't go wrong with a book like this. No One in the World will grab you in a second. You'll want to read it all day.