- File Size: 869 KB
- Print Length: 262 pages
- Publisher: Genesis Press (April 1, 2009)
- Publication Date: April 1, 2009
- Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0060MLL5U
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #760,450 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Still, this is a very good debut romance. The writing for this story is closer to a 5 and that is what saves it and makes it worth the read, but I gave it a four because of the strong racial currents in the story. The negative social commentary on the perceived trials of interracial dating detracted from the better story of the romance between Callie and Bryan. The heroine was supposed to be a strong savvy business woman but her character appeared at odds with herself because she was way too concerned with what other people thought. She came off as incapable of making an informed decision on her own (how such a person could survive and prosper in business becomes suspect). And too quick to deny her own happiness and that of the man she knows loves her all because of a few negative reactions by small minded ignorant individuals which included her father.
Both the heroine and her parents seemed to be more concerned about the color of Bryan's skin rather than the effect his famous lifestyle would have on their sheltered daughter. Bryan's life style was much more interesting and would have provided sufficient controversy as the central focus of the story instead of the racial conflict the author provides.
This is a fairly realistic portrayal of the challenges faced by interracial couples. Instead of glossing over the issue, Holcomb dove deep and laid it all out, no matter how ugly it got. It's easy to shake off disapproval from bigoted strangers, but it's another thing entirely when it's family and their most trusted friends simmering with anger over the color of someone's skin. The approbation was not universal by any means, and there were also touching allies who defended the couple with a bulldog's tenacity.
The relationship was further complicated by the difference between a small-town, church-going family woman, and a sexually dissolute, rock-star hunk. Even if Bryan were black instead of white, their problems would still have been marked because of their cultural separation, especially when the paparazzi set their sights on Callie. Holcomb planted every possible trip wire imaginable, and forced the couple through a social obstacle course that would have had most folks calling it quits long ago.
Bryan's attraction and love for Callie definitely drives their relationship until Callie is willing to open her eyes. I can't say I blame her, even though I found Callie's timidity and indecisiveness trying at times. As a black woman dating a white man, Callie faced the brunt of the criticism, and it cut deep when other black women, even at her church no less, called her a whore or a kept woman. Still, a niggling voice in my mind kept shouting at her to stand up, be strong, and fight back for the man she loves.
I'd give this book a higher rating, but it's too long by a third. I was longing for a tighter, faster-paced story about halfway through the book. I was also frustrated a few times when in the middle of a critical scene, Holcomb would divert into a descriptive passage on another character. If I were the editor, I would have been hacking and slashing through the manuscript until I reached the pure, undiluted heart at the center of the story.
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