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review 2017-06-30 19:56
Primarily Giving This 4 Stars for Nostalgia Reasons
The Color of Love - Sandra Kitt

I have to say, that I am really glad that I kept my copy of this book all these years. I really enjoyed reading it as a teenager and I thank Kitt for exposing me to interracial romances as a teenager as well. I didn't even know that was a genre til I got older. 

 

In "The Color of Love", Kitt explores an interracial relationship between an African American woman named Leah who is a graphic designer and a white man named Jason, who is a New York City police officer.

 

Kitt tells the story focusing on now just Leah and Jason, but also a street wise kid who is also African American who is angry that he feels that Jason is now overlooking him due to dating Leah. He gets weirdly obsessed with her, and I honestly don't get why that character was included. It just didn't fit the overall story that Kitt was trying to tell in my opinion. 

 

Besides the interracial aspects of this relationship that Kitt takes a close look at, she also looks at how Jason's views of African Americans shifts since he may be what would be called a "casual racist." When he's interacting with suspects he thinks nothing of letting the "N" word slip, but quickly feels sickened by what he has said and thinks that he doesn't view Leah that way at all. If Kitt had more moments like that in this book, it would have been five starts to me. I like that it was open and honest about the issues that many black women have with dating outside of their race that it would have worked for me more. Leah does get accused of not being "black" anymore by a few people, but in the end, the book just wraps things up neatly and I really wish there had been a follow-up to this one. 

 

Some of the characters did not work well at all. Leah's sister needed slapped upside her head. She does something that Leah ends up hard shrugging about that really didn't work for me at all. Let's just say that it would never occur to my sister or I to do something foul to each other like what happens in this book. 

 

The setting of New York felt very alive and just dark to me at times. Maybe because of all the recent police shootings that involve African Americans, I just could not get into this book the way that I was able to as a teen. I just found the whole thing implausible. 

 

Still enjoyed this look back at an older romance fave. 

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text 2017-06-30 19:44
Reading progress update: I've read 398 out of 398 pages.
The Color of Love - Sandra Kitt

Very poignant story I was happy to read again.

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text 2017-06-29 02:35
Reading progress update: I've read 151 out of 398 pages.
The Color of Love - Sandra Kitt

Author Sandra Kitt was the first author that I read that ever had an interracial relationship as the main story in a romance book.

 

I read this when I was about 16 or 17 years old and I remember just being astounded because at that time in my life I didn't even understand that I could date somebody outside of my race because it was always seen as not being acceptable as a black girl for me to date a white boy.

 

What I really like about this book and why I kept this for all these years is that I liked Kitt initially has these two people who honestly shouldn't be together. The two main leads (one is a black woman and the others a white man and she's a graphic designer and he's a police officer in New York City)  come together because of a set of circumstances and though everybody's telling them not to be together, can't help feeling close to each other.

 

I wish it had dealt a little bit deeper in the some of the interracial issues when a black woman dates a white man. I mean take a look at what's going on with the bachelorette right now. If any of you guys have seen this new season for the first time ever we have a black bachelorette and she is dating these sorry-ass men. Excuse my language. And it's infuriating because as a black woman, if one is successful, heck even if you are doing okay, it is still hard to find a guy to date.

 

You will meet somebody, you click, and you like them, but then you have to kind of do the whole well he might not be into black woman dance that we have to do because then it's super awkward when somebody tells you oh no I like you I just don't date black women.

 

And even then when you do meet somebody that likes you there's all these host of issues you have to be careful about. You have to be careful that they don't like you because they think we're going to do something weird in bed, you have to be careful that they don't like you just because they think that they can use you for something, which often seems to be the case, they don't have to make you their real girlfriend they can just keep you as this person that they see who they never really want to be committed to.

 

So this book is bringing up all kinds of feelings in me right now as I read it.  

 

And I'm also going to say though though I do like this book I think the writing could just be a little bit better. I mean this book takes place in the 90s so there's obviously some references that don't hold any more in this day in age And of course I wonder how this book would be perceived taking place in 2017 with all the black lives matter movement and issues with police. But other than that, I like I'm really enjoying it and I'm glad I'm reading it tonight before I go to bed.

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review 2017-05-18 07:40
Second Impressions
The Beauty Within - Savannah J. Frierson

I have been a fan of this author since Trolling Nights. I've had several of her books in my tbr pile and I decided to read this one on my Kindle. I really liked this book. It starts out in an unusual fashion. Tyler and Gunnar do not have good first impressions. In fact, Gunnar is actually a jerk to Tyler when they first meet. Gunnar is a gym owner and he has to take his personal trainer's new client and his current girlfriend had pissed him off and he's not happy about it. His behavior reminds Tyler of her insecurities with her weight.

Gunnar is man enough to admit when he's being a tool. He apologizes and finds that he's very attracted to Tyler. Truth be told, Gunnar never seemed to have an issue with Tyler's weight, but he's willing to help Tyler train to be more healthy since her weight was giving her back problems. As they spend time together, the attraction grows into something much more.

I've heard some of Savannah J. Frierson's readers don't like her insecure heroines. That doesn't bother me. I think that's realistic. Most women are insecure about something about themselves, be it external or internal. I think it makes her heroines relatable. I think that one could argue that her heroes are too perfect, but Gunnar definitely isn't that. He's a good guy and he makes up for being a jerk, but he did behave that way. And his past in LA showed that he was fallible and has made mistakes. I liked both of them. I enjoyed their romance. Their relationship was sexy and romantic. I also liked how the author integrated some real life issues into the story, from poor body image, the impact of broken relationships, drug abuse, and body abuse to fit an unrealistic ideal. It wasn't done in a preachy way, which I appreciated.

I also liked how Gunnar's Swedish heritage was integrated into the story. He would use words from his parents' native language, since he spoke it fluently. Also Tyler's culture as a black Southerner was integral. I liked how Tyler was really close to her sister and the fact that her sister's man worked for Gunnar and was friends with him. Their conversations felt authentic to me. Also, the characters have unique professions. Gunnar is an ex-model and gym owner and Tyler owns and runs a barber shop.

I went through a phase where I read a lot of BBW heroines (big, beautiful women) and I sort of fell out of it. I still like the sub-genre and the fact that a woman could be larger sized and still be appreciated by a man without losing weight. I think this was handled well in the book. Tyler focuses on getting healthy (although she does go in a more unhealthy direction with the weight loss and that is a huge trigger for Gunnar). I think that was good that Frierson factored this in, because it's important to be healthy in losing weight. What I loved the most was that Gunnar appreciated her before she lost weight, and my hope is that Tyler comes to embrace herself in the shape she comes and not focus on an unhealthy ideal.

This isn't my favorite by Frierson, because I love Trolling Nights and Being Plumville so much, but I did enjoy it a lot and would recommend this book to contemporary romance readers, and those interested in interracial romance.

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review 2017-04-28 22:40
In The Ring
In the Ring: A Dario Caivano Novel - Perri Forrest

Title: In The Ring
Author: Perri Forrest
Publisher: Chic Lioness Publishing, LLC.
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
Review:

"In The Ring" by Perri Forrest

My Thoughts.

Good Read!

This author gives the reader something to think about...what happens when a secret finally comes out but was it really a secret that one important person already knew about it? I kept wondering what was it about these sisters that seemed to keep them apart [Chanel & Rochelle]? Let's not leave out the two main characters... Chanel & Dario who were two interesting people were truly drawn together in so many ways. Well, all I can say is that is this was one amazing read with twist and turns that that one will only have to pick up and read to see how well this author presents it to the readers. I enjoyed how the story flowed so well together and in the end all I can say is that the readers will gets one simply a good read.

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