- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 8 hours and 44 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: NYLA
- Audible.com Release Date: March 22, 2016
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01BO1WUUQ
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As the semester starts and they stare into each others' eyes the first time since their 1 week fling, realization suddenly kicks in. It is especially hard to bear given the fact that neither of them could shake this feeling off that there might be something more between them.
But for Thea, this infatuation can absolutely not get in the way of her goal: learning from the best lawyer in the state to finally get her father out of jail.
What I loved about this book:
The unexpected twists and turns after the initial discovery
The characters and their development along the story
The very varied and meaningful side-characters
What I felt needed improvement:
The editing. The book was full of mistakes, missing words and incorrect punctuation!
Black Rainbow is my first J.J. McAvoy book and the hype around Black Rainbow was exceptional, so I thought I would give it a go. And frankly, there's nothing I love more than a good student/teacher romance - which actually changes into an office romance! Yes, I am a sucker for forbidden romance - what can I say?
The characters really did not disappoint. Thea was definitely a very strong and unusual character, as she was black in ever sense of the way: from her ethnicity to her feelings, she oozes black. The only thing that has her lighting up is her sister, who she loves more than anything, and her resolve in getting her wrongfully convicted father out of jail, and out of death row, given that no lawyer is interested in taking up his case. Now Levi was as interesting a character as Thea. He's extremely intelligent, a self-made man and lawyer, with a soft side and great guitar-playing skills.And with killer looks, too.
"Looking him over, I noticed he was wearing a simple pajama and a light cotton shirt... but he also had glasses on. Even when he wasn't trying to be sexy, he was sexy."
Levi used to be a player, not interested in long-term relationships after his divorce from a cheating wife, but meeting Thea and spending a week with her changes him, and he looses his resolve. Even though she and him agreed on a one-week stand only, he can't stop thinking of her afterward.
Now as far as the story is concerned. It was extremely good and full of suspense. Of course, the fact that Thea and Levi's relationship turns out to be appropriate was pretty much predictable from the blurb. But what wasn't predictable at all was both their reaction to the revelation.
"Things like this didn't happen to me. I worked hard, had a few hook ups here and there, and then I went back to work. But never n my life had I been so infatuated with someone."
When he notices that Thea is actually his student, Levi plays some pretty fucked-up mind tricks, and does what he can to kick her out. Because rumor has it that a few weeks into the semester, Levi usually narrows down the class attendance to 12 students, his twelve disciples, who will follow his heels throughout his cases to gain some practical insight. His dirty tricks include making her a target for other competitive students and dishing out her intimate confessions on her family and past.
"Levi Black. You are such a f.ing sadist."
Knowing that he still has feelings for her, he believes it's best to get rid of her altogether because he hates the feeling of loosing control. However, Thea has her own agenda and desperately needs to make it through this class - with out without him, no matter how hard he is treating her. And given her stubborn personality, she's pretty brilliant at what she does, so Levi won't get rid of her so soon. Nevertheless, as they work closely on his various cases, it's difficult to tell whose resolve will snap first.
"When you find out that someone you care about was hurt, how do you help them? How do you help them after pouring salt into their wounds."
So yes, the storyline and the character development here was absolutely great (this also includes the strong side characters). One thing that annoyed me tremendously though, was the lack of quality in the editing (not the writing). I found a lot of grammatical errors - missing punctuation, missing words, two verbs in the same sentence but in a different tense - at every 3rd pageturn or so you would find a least one or two editing mistakes, and especially towards the end. Now given the buzz around this book and the author, and the fact that I was reading a purchased copy (and not an ARC) - I would have expected better editing quality...
In the end, the way things fell into place or were uncovered felt slightly too coincidental, which leaves the reader second guessing (even though not for long) Thea's motives. I would have enjoyed an added twist don't urn in the story around just that, and how either her fellow students or Levi/his partner Tristan start wondering if Thea was not evil-mindededly using them. But then again Black Rainbow was definitely awesome and did not lack depth or suspense at any moment or page.
I will give this book the full 5 stars rating because the characters and the story were really good, but I would very much advise the author to do some more editing because the mistakes were almost so annoying that they cost this rating a star...
Thea Cunnings is law student who's very cleverly smart and has the makings of a very promising future. Though her heart isn't worn on her
sleeve. She keeps it hidden for those she loves thinking things are better left unsaid. She's caught somewhere between past and present life scars fighting to make some wrongs right.
Levi Black's a successfully brilliant lawyer with his own law practice. He's also a hard college professor who has built up quite the reputation and every up and coming law student not only wants in his class, but in his firm too.
I had no expectations when I starting reading "Black Rainbow", but I didn't realize how taken I'd be by the story. Levi and Thea's character build was for me without flaw. I enjoyed the way J.J. navigated us on their journey towards life, love, self acceptance and with personal/family relationships . Selfishly.. I can't wait until she drops her next book.
Levi is a strong, decisive, passionate and protective man. A man that is smart, sexy, cares about family, driven, romantic and did a mention SEXY. Who wouldn't be drawn to that???!!!
Theo is just as strong has Levi and doesn't back down even though at times it seemed as if everything was against her. I admired her strength, after everything that she and here sister had been through but she still worked hard and was able to accomplish a lot.
Although I enjoyed this book there were a few drawbacks. I don't know if this was the first book by the author but the EDITING, EDITING, EDITING.... Let just say there was NONE.
I made the decision each time I ran into a sentence with incorrect grammer that I would not let it ruin the story for me; I made the correction in my mind re-read the sentence and forged on until a couple of pages later. I was determine to not let the lack of editing deter me.
I would have rated this book a 5 but with all the errors I give it a 4. Good story somewhat not well written.