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08/21/2000 01:00AM

by E. Lynn Harris

For women of color tired of trying to identify with the blonde Barbies of Harlequin-type romances, E. Lynn Harris has been a godsend. Since 1991 the former computer sales executive has been writing quick-read urban soap operas (If This World Were Mine and Abide with Me) that deftly explore love, loyalty and sexual identity. His latest follows two characters from previous books—ex-football hero and closeted bisexual John Basil Henderson and his fiancée, the it's-all-about-me Yancey Harrington Braxton—as they prepare for their obviously doomed nuptials. Once Yancey gets a whiff of Basil's past "switching lanes" life, she snarls, "I'm going to make Robin Givens look like Mother Teresa." But our protagonist is more cunning than even Mike Tyson, and Basil's machinations—much like this must-take-to-the-beach novel—have enough punch to score a KO. (Dou-bleday, $19.95)

Bottom Line: What's love got to do with it? Not a thing

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