The Color of Love
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The Color of Love

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Leah Downey was a brilliant young commercial artist moving up fast on the Manhattan career track.
Mass Market Paperback, 398 pages
Published March 1995 by Penguin Books
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I REALLY didn't like this book.

I tried to keep an open mind. I really wanted to read a well developed love story. I'd hoped that the interracial dynamic would be thought provoking as well as enlightening. If you, as a reader, are anticipating the same, this is surely not the book for you.

The characters were meagerly developed. They were often one dimensional only one minor character offered any semblance to likeability.

Leah Downey is an attractive Graphic Designer who is plagued with thoughts...more
Elise-banned from infomercials and ebay
My first IR book. I read it many years ago, a checkout from the library. I ended up buying it and I have reread it several times since then. And I rarely EVER reread books. Very sweet story.
Michaella Palmer
This book was a huge dissapointment.The storyline was very dramatic (as we like it),however the main character lacked vigor and strenth and realism and was such a cheap excuse of a human.If your sister was sleeping with your man behind your back and you caught them in the act, would you just go to bed? or if your sister says its your fault would you instantly become friends with her the next day? sorry to say it this book was just so unrealistic and neglected natural feelings sugar coating every...more
Mercedes Keyes
This was my first interracial novel ever and I enjoyed it immensely!
It was difficult to be drawn into this acclaimed 1995 interracial romance, in part because the "telling rather than showing" style is so different from most romances being written today, and in part because the heroine is so utterly lacking in self-esteem (and the narrative doesn't present this as a problem to be overcome). Only in part 2, when the protagonists finally start dating, and clumsily try to deal with the prejudice they encounter (and their own biases) did the story begin to interest...more
J.J. Murray
This is the first interracial romance I read, and it still resonates today, even after 15 years.
It was a good story. This was a reality based book of how a real love story could truly be. No hidden billionaires or witches, or electrical first meetings. It's a book of two people who didn't have an explosive beginning, but their love grew over time. Leah was a woman with a secret that stunts her emotionally. She is very passive and introspective. She wasn't overly beautiful, but her personality made her more attractive. Jason, had a very sad event happen in his life that gave him a chance to...more
I liked the book but It was more cerebral than romantic . I felt like is was a study in a relationship between a black woman and a white man. This couple were attracted to each other but in this book they were not passionate about each other they just wanted to be together. I felt this was more a story of how society view I/R relationships. To me the book was a good story that explained the hardships the went through because of other people but to me they lacked the passion to make this a great...more
Valerie Keyes
I really enjoy reading IR romance novels. This novel was beyond irritating. The main character Leah was the poster child for a doormat. No self esteem, self love or pride. She was NOT raped as other reviewers state, but she was the victim of a physical assault & potential rape that was thwarted by people coming on the scene.
The relationship with Allen, the successful black guy was dry & lifeless. It was made quite obvious very early on in the story that her sister Gail was sleeping with...more
Cardyn Brooks
Color of Love was the first interracial romance for me where the Black characters were simply complicated human beings with brown skin who had not internalized racism. It's a romance that's simply a good novel about two people and the many obstacles they work to overcome to begin their HEA. I don't usually reread fiction, but I've reread this book more than once (along with Linda Howard's Kill and Tell).
Frishawn Rasheed
Leah Downy has been through a lot in her life. Hiding from life in a relationship based more in convenience than love; existing in the shadow of her vibrant and opinionated sister Gail, and still suffering the effects of a mugging.
When she meets Jason Horn, she has no idea what to make of the attractive white man with the sad, haggard eyes.
What she does know is, that the more that she tries to ignore him...the harder ignoring him becomes.

The story, characters, and plot are all run-of-the-mill go...more
it was the first book i read about interracial was ok
Sep 21, 2010 Sonya added it
Awesome book. I re-read this book all the time!
I've read a lot of interracial romance books in my time. Normally, I really like them. This one, not so much. I just don't think you have to make the Black guy in the book a bad person. By having him be an arse to Jason, that's exactly what Ms. Kitt did...not to mention the affair with Leah's sister.

Why is it that Leah wasn't angrier at her sister and the arse? I mean, yeah...blood is thicker than water, but Gail did everything in her power to steal Leah's man and then gets pissy for Leah datin...more
Jul 14, 2010 Ceej rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Ceej by: GiGi
I loved the premise of this book. I was just so frustrated. I still have a problem with the unresolved issue between Leah and Gail. How do you let your sister help your boyfriend cheat? No matter you should have not been dating him. I wanted to beat Gail down. Then Leah was just too weak and not in her life. She grew some backbone but for what she was put through, she should have had a moment of insanity. No Jason, he's okay with me. He's ambivalent like most men but when the moment of truth cam...more
**Copy kindly provided by the author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

I so wanted to like this book because I love a good interracial romance but I could barely get passed the second chapter. Thus far the book was super slow, wordy, and the dialogue was terrible. The main characters felt unrelatable. And maybe because I'm from California but the emphasis on race and him being a cop just seems ridiculous. And without reading the rest of the book I'm certain I know the ending. Im re...more
This one was tough to read in spots. The author writes very densely and at times, the emotion was too much. The payoff is good, however, and I think she found some real truth in the reactions of the friends and co-workers to the central interracial romance. Note to prospective readers: This is not a contemporary story. It was originally copyrighted in 1995, so be aware that many things you might expect (cell phones, for example) essentially don't exist. The Color of Love by Sandra Kitt
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Genney Blass
3 stars. It was to much of the race going on. I truly understand what they author was talking about, it is true the looks they give you, the whisper, the sarcasm, the dayum looks. But if you do not care and you want to be involve with that person, it doesn't matter what people think. I was more floored on how her sister treated her, that was definitely pissing me off! and how Joe was treating Jason another, I kept putting it down, and picking it up. The ignorance of people and there is in this d...more
I was excited to read this book but was somewhat disappointed. Obviously being 2013 when I read it, the book was somewhat dated. I don't think interracial dating is as taboo as it used to be. I like the story with regards to Leah and Jason but was taken back with the twist regarding Gail. I really didn't like that part of the book or how it ended. The story of Gail and Leah could have been its own separate story. Not sure how it enhanced the book.
It's old fashion. The timing of the book was odd. The book couldn't decide what time period to wanted to be in. It was unnecessarily wordy. The lead got on my nerves with how weak and timid she was. And who lets their sister get away with what she did. It's 2 stars cause it was well written.

It was ok, but really dated, and I wasn't interested enough in the story. Sure, it could be a learning experience for what an interracial romance written in 1995-twenty years ago-is like, but there are too many books on my shelf for that.
Best ir with cop ever. Reread several times. Nice balance of interplay of race and desire and Ir romance and society. Very hot. Well-developed characters. Focus on couple and how affects ir them. Loved it. Will buy it on digital when possible.
Laura Parker
One the first and most emtionally complex contemporary interracial lovestories published. I hope it's reissued soon. I reread periodically. It has unique and engaging characters with more in common than the issue of race
Great romance book really enjoyed this one of the best I have read all year. Looking forward to reading more from this author
There seems to be some reason books like this last. I don’t know what but it was well written but no real plot or action in the story. I thought the main character was not strong enough for me.
This was my very first IR book which lead me on a search for more. At the time, it was like trying to find a needle in a haystack. I really love this book.
Mar 02, 2012 Jacqueline marked it as to-read
This one has some pretty mixed reviews but is one of this author's highest rated so if I can find it I'll give it a try.
Tawni Winns
I liked this book because it dealt with the real issues interacial couples face.
My first time reading this author's book about interracial romance, I was blown away.
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Sandra Kitt is the author of more than twenty novels, including The Color of Love, Significant Others, and Close Encounters, as well as numerous short stories.

Her work has been nominated for the NAACP Image Award and has appeared on theEssence and Blackboard bestseller lists. She is the recipient of the Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement Award and the Zora Neale Hurston Literary Award.

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