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The Color of Love

3.99  ·  Rating Details  ·  786 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews
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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Miss Fabularian
Sep 24, 2009 Miss Fabularian rated it did not like it
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
Urenna Sander
Dec 03, 2014 Urenna Sander rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading this book concerning Leah Downey, who is a black graphic artist and white cop, Jason Horn. This book is controversial, not because this is an interracial romance, but that it exposed the love between a white cop and a black professional woman in New York City during the late eighties.
The distrust and polarization between white policemen and non-whites is extremely evident in Leah’s sister and housemate, guile Gail, who is a strong character in this book.
Gail’s verbal attack a
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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.
Mercedes Keyes
Jun 22, 2010 Mercedes Keyes rated it really liked it
This was my first interracial novel ever and I enjoyed it immensely!
Michaella Palmer
Jun 29, 2011 Michaella Palmer rated it did not like it
Shelves: all-ready-read
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
J.J. Murray
Apr 08, 2010 J.J. Murray rated it it was amazing
This is the first interracial romance I read, and it still resonates today, even after 15 years.
Jan 03, 2013 Jackie rated it it was ok
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
Valerie Keyes
Jun 14, 2014 Valerie Keyes rated it did not like it
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
Jul 20, 2013 Connie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 22, 2012 Deloris rated it liked it
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
Cardyn Brooks
Jul 21, 2014 Cardyn Brooks rated it it was amazing
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).
Winter Sophia Rose
Jan 03, 2015 Winter Sophia Rose rated it it was amazing
Intense, Engrossing Beautiful Read! I Loved It!
Dec 07, 2014 Rece rated it really liked it
At first I kept finding it hard to understand everyone's reactions. It all seemed a bit extreme to me. Leah is Black, Jason is White. And also...a NYC cop. Yes, I get the issues here, but I couldn't get why everyone around them was so against them. Then I looked at the copyright date and realized that this was taking place well before it was more of the norm to see an interracial couple. I should have picked up on the time period from people being able to smoke inside restaurants. I really enjoy ...more
--karen Green-berry

This is the first time reading a book by this author and I absolutely love Jason and Leah's story. Jason Horn is a white cop who was divorced and had just lost his son. Leah Downey is a black graphic designer who lives with her sister Gail.

They met under unusual circumstances after his son died. Their relationship developed from a friendship to a passionate love match. This coupling was not accepted by friends and family but their love proved to be stronger th
A unlikely romance blossoms between a while NYC cop and an African American businesswoman. They meet under quirky circumstances. I've read quite a few IR and this one tackles racism head on without pretending that relatives and friends will all be supportive. The heroine wasn't someone I liked. She's extremely passive to the point of doing a good impersonation of a doormat. The hero was likable, but clueless about how interracial relationships. The romance aspect isn't very strong in the book. T ...more
Frishawn Quinn
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
Feb 27, 2009 Karen1976 rated it it was amazing
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!
Oct 18, 2013 Rosanita rated it it was ok
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
Jul 14, 2010 Ceej rated it liked it
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
Avid Reader
Mar 24, 2016 Avid Reader rated it it was ok
This was a disappointment because the characters never developed and the challenges of being in an interracial relationship were superficially addressed. Leah, the heroine, was a talented graphic designer but was weak and a doormat in all of her relationships. Jay or Jayson was a juvenile officer but he was also an alpha male and was a recovering alcoholic. Neither had dated interracially before and they were not prepared for the reactions of friends, family and coworkers.

The story fell flat be
Jason was such a drag. Don't get me wrong, I love the laid back chilled persona but the author took it too far. I loved the fact that he was not cocky, sleazy and aggressively flirtatious though.
Sep 03, 2014 Haniairica rated it it was amazing
Love this novel because is shows the additional inner struggles that a person can go through in a mix relationship, whether is racial or simply the upbringing of each of a person/group.
Oct 29, 2015 Cheryl rated it it was ok
I started out liking this book, but the heroine is annoying and weak. I didn't like her not speaking her mind or telling her sister to mind her own damn business.
May 15, 2014 Sade rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up-on
**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
Wendy Burkes
Feb 23, 2016 Wendy Burkes rated it liked it
It's been so long since reading this book but I enjoyed it. So, I have it an average score.
Meryl Nesbit
Nice Summer Read

Great book to read during the summer. The characters were somewhat likable. I did not enjoy the relationship between the two sisters. But overall I really enjoyed the growth of relationship between Leah and Jason. Refreshing to see a storyline where the couple was having difficulties with their relationship.
Nov 06, 2013 Merle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own-it, afr-am, romance
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
Jun 05, 2012 Mel rated it it was amazing
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Dec 07, 2014 Cats rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. The characters were realistic and the plot was well-developed.
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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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