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Crimson Footprints (Crimson Footprints #1)

4.05  ·  Rating Details  ·  323 Ratings  ·  77 Reviews
When an insecure, bi-racial woman begins a cloak-and-dagger love affair with a Japanese American man, she is intent on keeping her bigoted family in the dark albeit with devastating consequences. On the night of her brother s murder, Deena Hammond stumbles upon Takumi Tanaka, lost and on the wrong end of a .32. After rescuing him from the certain fate driving through the h ...more
Kindle Edition, Second Edition, 361 pages
Published May 31st 2012 by Delphine Publications (first published May 1st 2011)
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Mar 18, 2012 Pragya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
My Views: Wow! Yes, that is the word. I opened this book expecting nothing and I ended up with everything. Literally. This book hooked me from page 1 and never did my attention falter. The book is just so refreshing. It’s so fresh and new, the concept unexplored, at least as far as my reading is concerned.

This is an underdog (said so, because the book is not high in the ranks or popularity while it clearly needs to be out there) which has much to offer. It has got them all, the touches of realit
Elise Marion
Oct 03, 2012 Elise Marion rated it it was amazing
I am going to be really honest and start by saying that I almost passed on this one. When I read the line 'insecure bi-racial woman' in the blurb I will admit, I rolled my eyes a little. I've read this theme before, and honestly am sick of any type of insecure heroine, as they seem to sabotage themselves at every turn to my annoyance. However, after some thought, I decided to go for it as I haven't seen a lot of African-American woman/Asian man pairings in Interracial Romance and I liked the ide ...more
Laura Thomas
Mar 03, 2012 Laura Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes I like to start a book without knowing what it is about. After I finished the last page there is one thing I do know, I will be watching for future books by Shewanda Pugh.
This story has a great plot line, with many sub-plots that are crucial to the main plot.
Each character had their own place and were important in the progression of the story. I felt a genuine connection with the main characters and the secondary ones played an important role in fleshing out the story.
With well written
Raymond Mathiesen
The balancing act of life…
Deena Hammond is a 24 year old architect living and working in her home town of Miami, Florida. In some ways Deena is very successful, but she comes from a poor background, and in many ways she is still inextricably tied up with those origins. Her grandmother, Emma Hammond, who brought Deena up, is constantly demanding and never satisfied. Deena’s adult brother Anthony is a small-time criminal, and her sister Lizzie, though still at school, is incorrigibly wayward and s
Romance Novels in Color
Deena Hammond is described as a bi-racial, near-white woman who has had her share of being hurt, disappointed, and ridiculed in her twenty-five years living. Deena, the oldest of three siblings, lost both parents at an early age to domestic violence and prison. Being raised by her grandparent should have awarded security; instead she was scorned for her ethnicity. In spite of their hardened hearts, Deena’s deepest desire was the love and acceptance from her father’s family. Reminiscing on memori ...more
Mar 07, 2012 Ana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After Deena's mom went to jail for killing her husband. She finds herself alone with only her brother and sister. They move in to they're grandparents house. They have no respect for her, they have no appreciation for her whatsoever, only because she's not fully black. Shortly after, Deena's brother Anthony is murdered. The only person who helps her through it all is Tak, the only man she's ever loved but loving him comes with a price.

I absolutely loved Deena she just grew on me throughout the
Mar 06, 2012 NayNay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is alot of love stories out there, but CRIMSON FOOTPRINTS is one of the best. Here are two very different people, from very different worlds, yet they come together and journey down a road of passion that was a joy to read. The characters come to life and feel very real to the reader. This book deals with the struggles of racial differences that reflect on us as humans, Shewanda Pugh does this very well. It was so easy to get caught up in this book, that's how good it was, and it certainly ...more
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Got this ARC from Read It & Reap for a fair and honest review. Thank you Shewanda Pugh for giving me the opportunity

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4.5 Awesome Stars!!!

You all know the story. Two people meet and fall in love. But what if society told you that you could never be together...

If you were Deena Hammond and Takisum Tankaka you save to hell with the world and do it anyway!!!!

Meet Deena Hammond. A insecure biracial woman from a very strong rooted African American family. She is struggling to find her place in the
Mar 09, 2012 Lily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
** Crimson Footprints was generously offered by the author for the purposes of an honest review, through Read it & Reap **

This was an incredibly enjoyable and intricate novel. From beginning to end, it was rich in detail and character development. No character went unexplored, and each story was told exquisitely.

This is a story of an interracial couple, that struggled throughout their 3 year relationship with how to combine their love for one another with their cultures and families. I symp
Annalise Grey
Sep 05, 2012 Annalise Grey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I LOVED this love story. I can't say that enough. I loved Tak and Dee and how they interacted with each other. I loved how Tak brought out a more playful, fun side of Dee and challenged her to consider life as something brighter than her family's drama.

Having said that, I really wish I hadn't read the Lizzie stuff. It brought the book (and the happy/hopeful nature of Tak & Dee's relationship) down a lot for me. I didn't go into this thinking it would be a light-hearted chick-lit romance
Mar 09, 2012 Gabriela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: r-r-arr-books
Crimson Footprints is a good read. Deanna is a young woman who achieves success despite her family and the world she grew up in. She is an architect in a prestigious firm and has the faith of her boss but hides her talent and ability by accepting mediocre work. She is surrounded by a family that constantly feeds her negativity and guilt; suffering tremendous loss and rejection as a child and later on as an adult. She finds friendship that later blossoms into love all the while juggling the deman ...more
I would like to thank Shewanda Pugh for providing me with her book in exchange of my honest review.
This book is about Deena Hammond who accidently meets Takumi Tanaka held at the gun point by her brother and soon finds herself falling for him. She is a successful architect and is beginning with a great career. While her family doesn’t appreciate her much and she faces rejection rather than support from them. After the death of her brother the demands of her family and work increase. While is fel
Nov 18, 2012 OOSA rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jungle Fever Love

Deena Hammond is a beautiful, smart, and hardworking young woman that strives to accomplish success without receiving love and support from her family. Besides the devastating obstacles she encounters during her life, she is introduced to Tak. Tak introduces Deena to life outside of her box where she discovers another meaning to life that develops into something she never imagined…love. Tak and Deena’s lives become closer over time which causes major controversy between their fa

I truly enjoyed this story. I felt like I was getting a bargain, getting more than just one story in this book. This book had a little bit of everything. A great story about friends who became more. Interracial boundaries by both families. Frustrating moments with each family and some very frustrating moments brought by the h. The H or Takumi is such a great character. I couldn't help but love him. He helps Deena so much. He gives her a friend she can trust in and count on when her family
Dec 28, 2012 DelSheree rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Deena Hammond has dreams of becoming the type of architect that changes the way people view buildings. She has the talent to rise to the top, but personal problems may put everything at risk. Deena's family seems intent on dragging her down when all she wants is to escape the violence, drugs, and sex of Liberty City. Deena also falls in love with her boss's son, which may compromise her career. Add in the fact that both hers and Takumi's family are not open to bi-racial relationships and Deena f ...more
Nov 13, 2012 Kiesha rated it really liked it
This is not your typical romance novel. The storyline is not one that will make you sick with all of the mushy, lovie dovie stuff. It's a great talethat many interracial couples can relate to. It's a story of finding true love and keeping it, no matter what it cost.

Meet Deena Hammond. She's young and sucessfull architect. Her mother is White, and her Father is Black.Deena falls inlove with her boss's son Tak who is Japanese. Neither of their families agrees with this love affair. There are stron
Jamee Pritchard
Dec 27, 2011 Jamee Pritchard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shewanda Pugh describes her debut novel as a “literary romance,” and after reading and thoroughly enjoying it, I can say with conviction that she has artfully mastered the skill of storytelling. Her characters are genuine and complex. The story that she presents is real, and the issues wrapped in that story and in those characters are authentic to real life situations.

She presents her readers with the story of forbidden love, comparable to a modern day version of Romeo and Juliet. In her versio
Apr 20, 2013 Tanya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review and I must say that was really nice read. Deena and Tak were enjoyable characters. The fact that Deena was bi-racial and how that affected how her family treated her was very moving. She endured so much as a young girl and continued to shoulder so much as an adult. If it wasn’t her grandmother or other family members giving her shit, it was people from work or clients from work.

Deena’s a very smart individual and acco
Jun 17, 2012 Nakira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My rating is 4.5 stars!!!

A great book from a new author; LOVED the fact that Deena was a bi-racial architect. I too have an architecture degree and as an AA woman, I have not encountered many others.

I found the plot and characters to be unique and something different from what I am used to seeing in ethnic (AA) romance novels. Character development was good and as an AA woman, I could so relate to Deena's family members and the pressure that she felt to succeed while being viewed as a saviour.
Jun 02, 2013 Caity rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pure-romance
I generously received this book for the Read it and Reap review program.

Deena has two different lives: One in a prestigious architecture firm with fancy suits, and the other with her family in a gang-ridden neighborhood infamous for its crime rates. She begins a relationship with a Japanese man, of which neither family approves. This forbidden affair fuels her confidence to finally stand up to her family for what she believes in.

Crimson Footprints was a rather interesting read. While the story s
Judy Thomas
Oct 16, 2012 Judy Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Crimson Footprints is about family, acceptance, and differences. It was hard for me to identify with Deena's family--as my family was always very supportive. Deena's family not only didn't support her--they actively put her down because of the fact that she is bi-racial and that she is successful. But, they are the only family she has since her white mother is in prison for killing her black father (and that's another story I would love to read. Hopefully in the next book, all that will be expla ...more
Erin  Dove
Mar 19, 2012 Erin Dove rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-it-reap
My rating is 2.5 stars.

*I generously received this book as a read and review from the Read it and Reap review program, and thank Shewanda Pugh immensely for letting me read and review her book*

Crimson Footprints is a well written story about a racially mixed woman who falls in love with a man who is Asian. The story focuses in on both families, each who have their own viewpoints on who is “right” for their family. The conflict is as real as it could be. The characters were all very well develope
Aug 15, 2013 Nicole rated it really liked it
Deena Hammond has grown up in Miami dreaming of the day when she could design buildings that reflected life. However, she struggles daily with trying to fit in with her all-black family, when she is only half-black. It doesn’t help that her entire family puts her down every chance they get, except for when they need her money or her help to handle her little sister. Deena has never belonged, but she has loved her entire family with every fiber of her being. Takumi Tanaka is an artist looking for ...more
Beth Cutwright
Oct 23, 2012 Beth Cutwright rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very interesting read for me. I admired our heroine and the background she grew up in and escaped from. I loved her boyfriend, Takumi Tanaka. I loved his patience with her, his love for her and his understanding of her. Crimson Footprints verified for me that secrets are not meant to be kept forever.

The characters ranged from very young to very old and from races of purity to mixes and it was very interesting to watch as the elder of each family grew and changed with acceptance and fo
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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With remarkable skill, Shewanda Pugh paints a picture of a bi-racial woman from a disadvantaged background who is smart and ambitious enough to succeed at life, despite her family's efforts to bring her right back down.

Deena Hammond is a great protagonist. She's got a foot in two worlds as we begin. We see her in her fancy suit, getting off a bus and arriving in a poor, gang-ridden neighborhood. Her family derides her for her fancy wa
Books Mom
Oct 20, 2012 Books Mom rated it it was amazing
Truth? I read this book as a favor for the tour -- it didn't really sound like a book I'd enjoy, but I was intrigued enough to give it a try. And, honestly, I'm so glad I did. The author is stupendously talented.

The story is one we've read before: girl from the wrong side of the tracks hooks up with rich boyfriend. Families disapprove. It's all very West Side Story. But the author's added in race issues as well (about as many as you can: Deena, the heroine, is half black/half white and all confl
Jun 05, 2013 Alina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction
I was given this book for free by the author in exchange for an honest review and well, I found this book quite enjoyable. I will say that to me it read like a Tyler Perry movie - filled with family drama and a smart, gifted young main character that puts up the abuse of a family who wont quite except her due to her biracial heritage, and due to this, despite becoming success in her life, still seeks full love and acceptance from them, all the while unable to stand up for herself and unable to s ...more
L.V. Lewis
Dec 31, 2012 L.V. Lewis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Crimson Footprints left footprints all over my heart!

When this story opened with Deena Hammond, the near-white, bi-racial female protagonist walking through the detritus of her African American Grandmother's neighborhood where she was raised, I was saddened by the incongruity of this image as she strolled through in her designer clothing. The meticulousness of Ms. Pugh's prose gave me a clue that while this story was for the most part well-written (there were some structural plot issues, copious
I found this story on a whim on when the author was holding a giveaway for it. I wasn't exactly sure what I was expecting in the novel. Crime story? (I have the tendency to misread things lol) Regardless, I found this story to be pretty great.

Even though the main characters and I have only a little in common (I grew up in a loving and multicultural home - my mother is black american, my father is Haitian), I found myself really into the characters, even when I REALLY didn't agree w
Shonell Bacon
Aug 11, 2013 Shonell Bacon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Romance with Literary Bite -- Shewanda Pugh's Crimson Footprints is a beautiful story of angst, family, and love. From the very first sentence or two, I was brought into Pugh's strong storytelling skills, her way of writing just the right words for the story, words that sound and feel right when read aloud, too. Character is often the big component of a story that keeps me reading. If there is a wonderful character, I want to see what happens to him or her. Pugh's development of characters is wo ...more
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Shewanda Pugh is a tomboy who credits Stephen King with being the reason she writes romance. In 2012 she debuted with the first novel in a three part contemporary adult romance series, Crimson Footprints. Since then, she's been shortlisted for the AAMBC Reader's Choice Award, the National Black Book Festival's Best New Author Award, and the Rone Award for Contemporary Fiction in 2012 and 2013. She ...more
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