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The secret is out: Men have issues too! Derrick has a thriving business, good looks, and charisma to spare, but his success seems empty without a special lady to share it with. Tony was an unredeemable ladies' man until Tracie caught his heart. But will his conniving ex, Valarie, let them live happily ever after? Any woman would be lucky to have Benjamin. But his weakne The secret is out: Men have issues too! Derrick has a thriving business, good looks, and charisma to spare, but his success seems empty without a special lady to share it with. Tony was an unredeemable ladies' man until Tracie caught his heart. But will his conniving ex, Valarie, let them live happily ever after? Any woman would be lucky to have Benjamin. But his weakness for young women has only made him a target for gold diggers in search of a sugar daddy. Will he ever find true love? And, finally, there's Mark. Still bitter from being rejected by black women when he was young, he seeks acceptance in the arms of a white lover. But will his friends and family accept her?


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The secret is out: Men have issues too! Derrick has a thriving business, good looks, and charisma to spare, but his success seems empty without a special lady to share it with. Tony was an unredeemable ladies' man until Tracie caught his heart. But will his conniving ex, Valarie, let them live happily ever after? Any woman would be lucky to have Benjamin. But his weakne The secret is out: Men have issues too! Derrick has a thriving business, good looks, and charisma to spare, but his success seems empty without a special lady to share it with. Tony was an unredeemable ladies' man until Tracie caught his heart. But will his conniving ex, Valarie, let them live happily ever after? Any woman would be lucky to have Benjamin. But his weakness for young women has only made him a target for gold diggers in search of a sugar daddy. Will he ever find true love? And, finally, there's Mark. Still bitter from being rejected by black women when he was young, he seeks acceptance in the arms of a white lover. But will his friends and family accept her?

30 review for Men Cry in the Dark

  1. 4 out of 5

    Christa

    I remember when Baisden sold books out of his trunk. I'm not hating on him because he was trying his hand in entrepreneurship, but writing is not for him. He's better now as a radio jockey. He wrote this book at a time when AA's wanted books about their culture and way of life. The wave of baby momma drama and the escapism of the thugged-out dark skin brotha' who rocked your world gave many writers of this era (i.e Eric Jerome Dickey, Carl Weber, Zane, and E. Lynn Harris) the arena needed to thr I remember when Baisden sold books out of his trunk. I'm not hating on him because he was trying his hand in entrepreneurship, but writing is not for him. He's better now as a radio jockey. He wrote this book at a time when AA's wanted books about their culture and way of life. The wave of baby momma drama and the escapism of the thugged-out dark skin brotha' who rocked your world gave many writers of this era (i.e Eric Jerome Dickey, Carl Weber, Zane, and E. Lynn Harris) the arena needed to throw whatever they could at us without respect to literature or serious writing. Many of these type of AA books flew off the shelf because AA's were hungry for this drama. However, Dickey, Weber, and Terry McMillan increased their knowledge of writing to present better books each year, whereas, people like Baisden only used their crappy books to wedge a foot in the door of fame with no literary Toni Morrison wannabe goals in sight. Basically, don't waste your time and energy with this book. It's pure crap!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Euftis Emery

    Use the following link to watch the video review: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBY2Aa... Why is it so hard for me to keep my eyes open?????? Ummmm....probably because this book is tedious to read... The only reason that I bothered to finish it was because I made the mistake in purchasing it. Other reviewers called the male characters in his book "one dimensional", to me they read like they were on the downlow. Call me a homophob all you want, but I ain't huggin' up on another man and definitely no Use the following link to watch the video review: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBY2Aa... Why is it so hard for me to keep my eyes open?????? Ummmm....probably because this book is tedious to read... The only reason that I bothered to finish it was because I made the mistake in purchasing it. Other reviewers called the male characters in his book "one dimensional", to me they read like they were on the downlow. Call me a homophob all you want, but I ain't huggin' up on another man and definitely not one I just met. I was extremely irritated reading this book because the characters were just flat out unrealistic. For instance, the main character supposedly grew up in the ghetto but had lines like, "...just look at that magnificent view outside my hotel window...". huh????? In the immortal lexis of "Blaine and Antoine" I have two words for this book. Hated it! Euftis Emery Author of Off the Chain

  3. 4 out of 5

    Constance

    I read this book years ago when I was a teen. Back then I thought it was one the most poignant things I had ever picked up. Well, I’m older and wiser now. Since I’m old enough to understand true adult relationships I can see that this book is, for the lack of a better term, mostly drivel. It’s not that bad of a read, it’ll keep you interested enough to want to know how it ends. But it’s an acquired taste. If you like your literature filled with African-American romance, drama, ballers, baby moth I read this book years ago when I was a teen. Back then I thought it was one the most poignant things I had ever picked up. Well, I’m older and wiser now. Since I’m old enough to understand true adult relationships I can see that this book is, for the lack of a better term, mostly drivel. It’s not that bad of a read, it’ll keep you interested enough to want to know how it ends. But it’s an acquired taste. If you like your literature filled with African-American romance, drama, ballers, baby mothers and things of that nature you’ll enjoy it. If not, skip it. I can say it was better that the play, which was wretched.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Destiny Hawkins

    This was a really good book. It touched on so many things with relationships. I enjoyed reading about the bond between the friends. I really enjoyed seeing the relationships with the males and females grow. He was brutally honest about why men cheat and I appreciated that aspect. LIfe is about growth and I got to see these characters grow. This is the second book by Michael Baisden that I've read. I will continue to read his books. Well done Mr. Baisden.

  5. 5 out of 5

    The78ms.j

    At first I didn't know what to expect but as I read the book I got pulled into the story lines of each character. I think that this book will give some a insight into how men think and feel about most common situations revolving around dating. It touches on men who date younger women who have nothing going for them but their hot young bodies, it touches on interracial dating, on dating and having a baby momma from hell and it touches on meeting the women of your dreams and not realizing it and l At first I didn't know what to expect but as I read the book I got pulled into the story lines of each character. I think that this book will give some a insight into how men think and feel about most common situations revolving around dating. It touches on men who date younger women who have nothing going for them but their hot young bodies, it touches on interracial dating, on dating and having a baby momma from hell and it touches on meeting the women of your dreams and not realizing it and loosing her all because you can't control the little head. These are central themes when it comes to dating so it was a good peek into how men see things. It's a good read for someone who wants something light and breezy.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rodnika

    So, I needed a break from real life and thought I’d entertain myself with some fiction. Was I entertained? Hardly. This was one of the most patriarchal misogynistic things I’ve ever read in my life! The way that black women are talked about and portrayed though out this book is so DISGUSTING! It is so hard reading chapter after chapter filled with these “angry black woman” stereotypes that society wants to force on us and what makes it more heart breaking is that it came from a black man. Also, So, I needed a break from real life and thought I’d entertain myself with some fiction. Was I entertained? Hardly. This was one of the most patriarchal misogynistic things I’ve ever read in my life! The way that black women are talked about and portrayed though out this book is so DISGUSTING! It is so hard reading chapter after chapter filled with these “angry black woman” stereotypes that society wants to force on us and what makes it more heart breaking is that it came from a black man. Also, the idea that success and value doesn’t exist outside of academia is trash. I hope the author has grown as a person since writing this and sees the flaws in this line of thinking and how toxic it is.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Brandy

    If you want to read a book from a misogynistic male perspective, this is perfect. As a woman I've never felt more personally attacked. As a black woman I've never been more humiliated. In the beginning I felt he really tried to go somewhere with this narrative, but got lost in his on personal conflicts with women. This was really a waste of paper.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lmackey

    This book indeed shows the feelings of men; especially Black men. Black men are told to be hard, don't cry, and never show emotions no matter what. This man was going through some deep issues and due to the lack of emotion or feelings; he lived a misguided life. I recommend this book to all men. I even went to see the play; GREAT!!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Winter Sophia Rose

    Insightful, Emotional, Captivating Page-Turner!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Stacie

    I thought this was an excellent book. The male characters were likeable and the story flowed nicely. Could not put it down!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jeannette Amehou

    Definitly a must I recommend it

  12. 4 out of 5

    Shalina H

    Just awful, but I don't really like Urban lit. It was selected by a book club I belonged to.

  13. 4 out of 5

    ~iMoiselleChanel~

    I tried so hard to get into this, because I saw the play. But nope, couldn't do it!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Shay Young

    This book gave me an inside look at how men really feel. I showed me that not all men are heard hearted.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Manda Moore

    Excellent book it give a view on four men there stories there journey of life of love lost through a man eyes every description of when each man in this story cries so deep a makes be like wow excellent book

  16. 4 out of 5

    Chanel

    This made me realize that men have the same emotions that we do as women but they show it in different ways. I really enjoyed the stories and revelations.

  17. 5 out of 5

    gugu dube

    Awesome read This is a good insightful book. I enjoyed reading. There is a lot of a lot of unnecessary swearing though.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Bell

    i want to be fair. I’ve only read this one book by him. My opinion is stemming from this one book. I don’t think writing is for Micheal. As a radio personality, he was one of the best.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Eric2012

    Do you know men that cry in the dark? Did you now that there was a book like named .Men Cry in the Dark: A Novel. by Michael Basden. Don’t let the name confuse you this book has complexity, mature scenes, and betrayals that happen. The first reason that I like the book it is complexes. The book has to do with 4 different points of view. 4 different lives that you have to do. You have to read David’s life about him and his relationship, with Angela and him cheating on her. Michael relationship wh Do you know men that cry in the dark? Did you now that there was a book like named .Men Cry in the Dark: A Novel. by Michael Basden. Don’t let the name confuse you this book has complexity, mature scenes, and betrayals that happen. The first reason that I like the book it is complexes. The book has to do with 4 different points of view. 4 different lives that you have to do. You have to read David’s life about him and his relationship, with Angela and him cheating on her. Michael relationship when black girls deny him as a kid. He wants a white girl for acceptance. Tony and his crazy baby momma. Who never gives him his time with Erika? Bob who was always wanted to date younger girls that are in their 20 and gets gold diggers instead. All of this written in 1 person narrative. It's really complexes and hard to get into. The second reason why I like this book is because this book has many mature parts in the book. Im not going to sugar coated it has a lot of sex parts. This book has at lest 4 sex parts that I can think off there. 1 part that they have sex on a camera. Later he found a video saying "Nikki gone wild" were she has sex with 2 guys, and gave Bob generic. Another when Angela finds out that her boyfriend is cheating, on her but she thought it was with her friend. She walks in her friend having sex with some other guy, and at the other side of town Michael having sex. With her other friend that she met in a plain. Called Vanessa. Angela walks in on them, when she went to surprise him in his hotel. The last reason that I like this book is because there are a lot of betrayals. Theirs cheating, fights with friends, and crazy ex baby mommas that steal Tony’s baby girl away. To go have a relationship, with a drug dealer. In the book Dave cheats on Angela with Vanessa, because she’s not giving him enough. Then Nikki cheats on Bob with a two male gigolo’s, for money for she can buy the thing she enjoys in life. Bob and Mike where going to fight, because Mike likes white girls and Bobs girl is a ho, and they each said exactly what they think. In conclusion this book is great its complexity, sex parts, and betrayals are what make this book great although most chapters leave you in suspense the other chapters bring you all back. Never judge a book by its cover you’ll never know what kind of story is inside.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Valerie

    The secret is out: Men have issues too! Derrick has a thriving business, good looks, and charisma to spare, but his success seems empty without a special lady to share it with. Tony was an unredeemable ladies' man until Tracie caught his heart. But will his conniving ex, Valerie, let them live happily ever after? Any woman would be lucky to have Benjamin. But his weakness for young women has only made him a target for gold diggers in search of a sugar daddy. Will he ever find true love? And, fin The secret is out: Men have issues too! Derrick has a thriving business, good looks, and charisma to spare, but his success seems empty without a special lady to share it with. Tony was an unredeemable ladies' man until Tracie caught his heart. But will his conniving ex, Valerie, let them live happily ever after? Any woman would be lucky to have Benjamin. But his weakness for young women has only made him a target for gold diggers in search of a sugar daddy. Will he ever find true love? And, finally, there's Mark. Still bitter from being rejected by black women when he was young, he seeks acceptance in the arms of a white lover. But will his friends and family accept her?

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Ann

    What I love about this book is that it isnt your traditional love story- We are always talking about, living, hearing about, reading, and watching black women struggle with the fact that there are very few good "black men" out there for us to pursue but what about the men-what about what they want? need? experience as a whole? Its interesting to read from a different perspective. And nor does this story have your traditional love story ending-but you will have to read it to find out won't you... What I love about this book is that it isnt your traditional love story- We are always talking about, living, hearing about, reading, and watching black women struggle with the fact that there are very few good "black men" out there for us to pursue but what about the men-what about what they want? need? experience as a whole? Its interesting to read from a different perspective. And nor does this story have your traditional love story ending-but you will have to read it to find out won't you....

  22. 5 out of 5

    Evan B

    This book was a good read really. If I could give it the most honest rating I would say probably 3 and a half stars. The book is kind of like Waiting to Exhale told from a guy perspective (kind of). Its not as deep as I thought it would be, the chapters were a little inconsistent as well. HOWEVER......the characters were good, the plot was relatable, and the dialogue was very funny at times. I would say this book is a good read for another perspective and to pass the time.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Heather Bowden

    This book is a fiction book about "brotherhood" it follows four lives of black men. I would use this book to talk about characters. In this book you have to relate to 4 different feelings to reach each character in the book. This is a drama and the book was filled with it. I think the author did this well, so I would use this book to talk about incorporating multiple characters into one story. And allowing the reader to have the view point for all of them.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Karunakaran N.

    Men Cry In The Dark by Michael Baisden... A good read written by the author on the relationship of men, predominantly inter racial and races within the US. Four successful African Americans and friends for lifetime in their mid 30's enter into relationships that are short-lived proving that friendship last longer than any other relationships.....

  25. 5 out of 5

    Anissa Byrd

    The was a great depiction of men who accomplished but are searching for love. Emotions fly and we find out that men cry about relationships as well as women. Michael Baisden illustrates his version of what a man/woman should be in a relationship, accomplished, equal, and striving for excellence. When the relationship goes bad, we see the struggles and why it went bad. Great read!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jo Notary

    293p Men Cry In The Dark is an entertaining and realistic novel about fatherhood, interracial dating, and the fear of love and commitment from a man 19s perspective. Michael Baisden has courageously defied the stereotypes to prove once and for all that men love their children, cherish their women, and yes, even cry.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lord' Williams

    This book was a page tuner. This book actually brought me back to reading fiction, a genre which I had abandon many years prior. It was just that good. At first I thought it was a chick book, but once I started reading, it was any but a chick book. I really could not put the book down, a great book for male readers, and the topic is something every man thinks about.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    I enjoyed the book. It was a fast read actually but I was reading a few other books at the same time. It was one of the few books by Michael B I hadn't read. I liked that the book was written from a male point of view. It gave me some insight to the male psyche. I am wondering though if there is a sequel because a few issues were not tied up.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    I really liked this book! It was funny, realistic, and down to earth. I could relate with a lot of the situations the couples were in and I was so glad to read how Angela handled her issue in the end. I am glad I read this book, it kept me interested and reminded me of how corny men were in the 90's lol.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Burd

    This is my first time reading this author. I didn't really like it. The dialogue was forced and fake. This book had unreal racial tensions in it. The love stories were not good and didn't seem plausible. All in all, not one of my faves!

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