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Skin Deep Paperback – April 14, 2011
From the Back Cover
Now she is forced to face several painful truths: her colorstruck fiance is suffering from jungle fever; Ahmad, the handsome, intriguing, and recently released ex-convict and struggling single father won't give her the time of day; and a terrifying nightmare seems to be taking over her life. And a disturbing family secret that no one will talk about is threatening to unravel her identity -- an identity she is not prepared to live without.
Yet neither Nina nor Ahmad realize that the tumultuous circumstances that are forcing them together are about to unlock mysteries from the past -- which, in turn, can open doors to a future they never thought possible.
Top Customer Reviews
Skin Deep explores the prejudices of both blacks and whites against African Americans who are on the lighter end of the color spectrum. Nina reveals these prejudices from her fiancé' Derrick who's with her because she looks white, Ahmad, who loathes her (in the beginning) because she looks white and the white administration she works with who promote her over her dark skinned best friend, because she's more palatable to their taste. However the question of color runs deepest for Nina who has a degree of self-loathing because she is so different from other "sisters". A recurring nightmare is a product of that fear but is also a key to the secret of who she really is. Her parents explained to her that she was the product of an affair that her father had with a white woman. But the truth comes out in dramatic fashion during a deathbed confessional.
Skin Deep is a slow read at the beginning. The reader may get the feeling that this is one of those typical black vs. white, light is right diatribes. However Cross skillfully weaves into the mix, how lies, drugs, the criminal justice system and racism can affect the dynamics of family life.
Nina wants acceptance and she struggles to find it.
The world questions her identity as an African American woman.
Her current man Derrick is color struck and she is haunted by
a recurring nightmare.
Nina meets Ahmad who has an imperfect past. He's now trying to make good by raising her daughter.
A slow deep friendship develops between Nina and Ahmad. They later take their friendship to the next level.
Nina's nightmare does not end until she discovers the truth about her past. A truth that will almost shatter Nina's world.
Skin Deep is a bold and sizzling romance novel. It delves not only into race relations, but also, intra-race relations within the African American community.
I would highly recommend this book.
SKIN DEEP is the story of Nina Moore, an African American woman who up until her move to Arizona, never considered herself to be anything else BUT a black woman. Even with her pale skin and blue eyes, it didn't bother her when others mistook her for being white, but she soon realizes, through her fiancé (whose own past creates a need to be with someone "like" Nina), her need and want to find a true love (enter the ever sexy, yet recently released ex-convict, widower and single father, Ahmad) and the secrets that slowly leak from her past, that the most important things in life and love are truly SKIN DEEP.
This novel is a definite must-read for all readers, white and black. For romance readers, the sensuous scenes will leave you wanting an AHMAD, STAT! For suspense readers, the secrets that spill from Nina's past will definitely leave you spent! For realist, the racial identity issues (between blacks and whites, as well as blacks and blacks) will definitely leave you nodding your head in confirmation and shaking it in dismay.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a very compelling book about acceptance of who you are and not what others assume..Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
I think I may have found a new author to follow!! Great story line and characters that you fall in love with easily.Published 23 months ago by Bianca J
A well written story on the light skin/dark skin thing. Nina an intelligent light skinned blue eyed young woman wants nothing more than to embrace her heritage and be loved from... Read morePublished on May 28, 2014 by L.Taylor
This book was awesome. Little to no errors. This book showed you how the blurred the lines of racism are, but how clear individuals can break the cycle.Published on May 19, 2014 by ChelleBrooks
Wow! This was an awesome read. It was recommended by a book club, so this was my first time reading any of Ms. Cross' work. And may I say that I have TRULY been missing out. Read morePublished on February 10, 2014 by Faithful reader
This was a great read from the beginning to the end. Although this was a love story it was very enlightening and actually made me reconsider my opinion of race issues as an... Read morePublished on December 14, 2012 by easy reader
the book has a good story line and i liked the way it was presented to the reader. there were times when i felt that it was a little drawn out. Read morePublished on August 16, 2012 by Amazon Customer