Author: Sandra Kitt
Length: 398 pages
Publisher: Open Road Media
Rating: 3 Stars
Acclaimed for her moving depictions of interracial love, bestselling author Sandra Kitt delivers a passionate and provocative tale of modern romance
An artist trapped in an unfulfilling relationship, Leah Downey wants more out of life. But she plays it safe, never venturing too far from her comfort zone . . . not since the night she was mugged at knifepoint.
Beginning a relationship with a perfect stranger is completely out of character for Leah. But something about Jason Horn strikes a chord deep within her. They couldn’t be more different. Jason is white, a streetwise New York cop haunted by his own demons. He’s stunned by his instant attraction to this vibrant black woman who arouses both desire and his fiercest protective instincts.
Leah Downy has been through a lot in her life. Hiding from life in a relationship based more in convenience than love; existing in the shadow of her vibrant and opinionated sister Gail, and still suffering the effects of a mugging.
When she meets Jason Horn, she has no idea what to make of the attractive white man with the sad, haggard eyes.
What she does know is, that the more that she tries to ignore him...the harder ignoring him becomes.
The story, characters, and plot are all run-of-the-mill good. What really hurts this read is the archaic attitude of "white and black don't mix" that is shoved down readers throats non-stop.
The us versus them theme is so pervasive that it is hard to believe that this book is based anywhere near the year 2013.
It often seems as if the author is writing less to tell a story, and more to make a point.
Leah is a unnecessarily weak character; often allowing herself to be used and abused by all of the "black" people close to her.
These people are then allowed to disparage her "healthy" relationship with Jason.
Jason is a great leading man. He is in fact too good. By the time one gets to know him, one doesn't know whether to have him sainted or knighted.
This is a case of a book either trying to hard to prove a point. Or not trying hard enough to tell a story.