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Shades of Desire (Indigo Love Spectrum) Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 2009

2.8 out of 5 stars 50 customer reviews

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Forbidden . . . Untouchable . . . Taboo . . .

"I can't believe it," Danielle said. "Granted he's gorgeous, but I never thought you would go to the other side . . . no white man can really love a black woman."

Jeremy Collins is the most tempting man Jasmine Smith has ever met. He's smart, handsome, a successful freelance journalist, and, most of all, passionate and honest about his feelings for her.

Jasmine witnessed her best friend's heartache in loving a white man--the recriminations and anger from friends, strangers, and worse, from families whose ultimatums could shatter even the strongest bond between lovers. Were her deep feelings for Jeremy strong enough to prove to the world that love isn't about color or race . . . just a man and a woman who belong together? --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: Indigo Love Spectrum
  • Mass Market Paperback: 155 pages
  • Publisher: Genesis Press; Reprint edition (January 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585712922
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585712922
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.5 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,209,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
First if you're looking for other novels that feature interracial couples you should check out Stephen J. Cannell's new book "Riding the Snake" which features a black female detective and a spoiled rich white Beverly Hills playboy who team up to solve a murder. There is also Carl Hiassen's "Lucky You" which features a white male reporter and a black woman with a winning lottery ticket who join forces to get the ticket back when it's stolen.
Given the dearth of quality accesible mainstream fiction with an interracial couple at its core it's hard not to recommend "Shades of Desire". However for readers looking for fully rounded, dimensional characters you may find this book a disappointment. This novel features two mixed couples (black woman/white man). Taylor and Cameron are together at the beginning of the novel and through the course of the book Jasmine and Jeremy get together. Both sets of couples are attractive, employed upstanding citizens with virtually no flaws. And that's the problem. The primary couple Jasmine and Jeremy are almost too perfect to the point of unrealism. The depiction and description of Jeremy never seems to get much beyond his initial introduction. He's gorgeous, has money and a great job. We never get a sense of him as a real person. Does he snore? What's his favorite color? We only know him in relation to Jasmine and she doesn't really know him at all.
After having sex with Jeremy, Jasmine wonders about the other women in his life then quickly dismisses it as irrevelant because he is entitled to his past as she is to hers. And that might be fine if this had taken place in the sixties to early eighties but it doesn't and AIDS is a reality.
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For a first time author, I thought Monica White did an excellent job. As a writer myself, I understand that the first novel can be the toughest. I do think that she could have done a little more with the characters but like I say, for a first-timer, this was probably all she could do right now. I read this book twice and the second time, I got a rush of feelings I never knew were inside of me. I think that in the late 90s, interracial love isn't the huge taboo it was say ten or fifteen years ago. I see many interracial couples when I travel in the downtown area of Chicago, my hometown. God wants us all to love one another. Jeremy to me is a man that is like a prince on a white horse, truly!
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I loved this book!! The characters were interesting and the characters "dealt" with some trying issues involving some interracial relationships. I wanted the book to be longer! It was wonderful reading about interracial couples who survived the ignorance of some people and prevailed! More books and films should include the topics of interracial relationships involving all races because interracial relationships occur all over the world. I noticed that on television commercials you don't see interracial relationships and that is not right. Interracial Relationships has been in existence since the beginning of the earth. Monica White is a very good author and if she writes another book I will purchase it!
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By A Customer on August 19, 1999
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I have read several books lately but this was my favorite love story! The only complaint was that the storyline was short and rushed. Monica this would really need another novel. We would love to see how their lives work out.
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I believe the reason romances get such a bad wrap is because of plot, characterization weaknesses. I felt like the author had something else to do and wanted to finish the story as soon as possible to get to it! The plot could have been so much more flushed out, and therfore, more enjoyable. What about the Cuba angle? Why have him go there if its not important to the story. He could have traveled to Minnesota! The characters had no depth and I never felt like I knew them. How did his sisters feel? For that matter, what were their names? Any nieces/nephews? What happened at the bridal shower? Did she have one? Did Jemery have any friends that would create a conflict for him? This story lacked significant conflict. Although, it had the seeds for it. There could have been so much more to this story. But what I really want to know is...is that Janet Jackson on the cover!!!!!!!!
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This is a great book to kill time with when your bored. There is no real depth to the characters but Monica White took a situation and wove together a book with some substance to it. I enjoyed the whole romance factor of the storyline such as the meetings and the sex but the conflict the female character was going through never really came across as a major part of the storyline. Its hard to believe that a woman scared of any serious relationship one minute can turn around and fall deeply in love, in a couple of months with a man who brings in a lot of difficulties into her life. Bottom line this is not a book to be analyzed at every page instead to be enjoyed for a pure feel good time.
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By A Customer on January 26, 1999
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I was so excited to read this book because there aren't many books that discuss an interracial romance when the woman is the minority. This book disappointed me, however. The protagonist's character was immature and underdeveloped. The author failed to capture the essence of why these two people were in love with one another other than the fact that they were compatible sexually. The plot moved along like a teen novel. The book was also frustrating because the racial beliefs and the way the women treated each other in this book was primitive. As a woman of color I was a bit offended that others who have read this book would assume we all think like Jazz.
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