**spoiler alert** Read this book during work. Found myself more interested with the parents' story than Mingus relationship with Keith, Steve, and Eri**spoiler alert** Read this book during work. Found myself more interested with the parents' story than Mingus relationship with Keith, Steve, and Eric. I found that her failed relationships were predictable at best. Her relationship, or lack thereof, with her sister was also interesting to me. I guess you can say everything but Ming's love life was an excellent read!...more
**spoiler alert** Another good story from Handler! Who the killer was was a bit obvious to me. I knew from the moment I read the prologue that Tito's**spoiler alert** Another good story from Handler! Who the killer was was a bit obvious to me. I knew from the moment I read the prologue that Tito's killer was going to be a guy. Didn't know which guy and didn't suspect Will until Donna was murdered, but knew it would be a guy--DEFINITELY. As the story went on and I read about how he abused Esme, I definitely knew I was right since guys who are in denial about their sexuality sometimes act macho to make up for their perceived weakness.
However, the getting to that conclusion was one wild ride that was full of twists and turns that I throughly enjoyed! I almost wished that Tito hadn't died. Handler did an excellent job of making me loathe him and feel sorry for him in the same breathe. I love a story where characters get me emotionally involved, and Handler definitely does that with his characters.
Sometimes, Handler writes Des with too much "sista-girl" attitude, but it was definitely more BELIEVABLE when she was speaking to Yolie in this story. I also think that sometimes he goes a little overboard with Bella and Mitch's Jewish-ness as well, but overall, I LOVE these characters. And I LOVE this series. ...more
The meeting of the waters is an actual natural event that occurs in Brazil. It's where the water from the Solimões River (which is muddy) meets with tThe meeting of the waters is an actual natural event that occurs in Brazil. It's where the water from the Solimões River (which is muddy) meets with the dark water from Rio Negro. They run side by side without mixing. I've seen pictures of it, but I hope to see it in person one day. The phenomenon is mentioned in the book and holds much significance to the story itself.
Porter Stockman, a white journalist from Philadelphia, goes to Los Angeles to get the story on the Rodney King riots. While there, he finds himself the target of a group of angry, black people. Fortunately, a black journalist, Lenora Page, saves him. When he finds out that she will be working at the same paper, he goes out of his way to show her his gratitude, which results in love.
I loved the characters in the book. You have Porter Stockman. His mother is overbearing. His father doesn’t seem to care about much, and his sister is a maverick. He spent his teenage years wondering what the hell he was going to do with his life. He likes to think of himself as a white person who doesn’t see race as an issue. He’s an all-around good guy. He’s believable, funny, and real. He doesn’t do all the right things, and he doesn’t do all the wrong things. He makes human decisions, which many authors tend to forget about.
Lenora is a very pro-black woman who can’t believe she’s falling for a white man. Her father left her family when she was young, and her mother is dealing with being bi-polar. Her younger brother still longs to find their father, but she’s given up all hope. She’s very proud to be a black woman, and she’s quick to let everyone know. She’s independent, smart, and sassy. She loves herself without being a stereotype, and honestly, a lot of women—of any race—could take a lesson from her.
The only thing that annoyed me about this book was Lenora’s preoccupation with race. I understand this was important to establish her character. She was trying to make Porter aware of the prejudices that people of color and biracial couples go through, but it turned into borderline obsessive after a while.
Being a woman of color myself, it even drove me mad. I definitely understood how helpless Porter felt. I could see the wedge she was driving into their relationship with race. It was tiresome, even for me – the reader. She manages to break a really good man, and by the time she realizes her mistake, things are already broken. Then they must choose what they really want.
Other than that, I loved this book. It really makes its reader thing about race relations. One of the most important questions posed in the book is not about Porter and Lee’s relationship itself, but the question of what makes a person racist. It’s not just a typical romance where two of the characters happen to be a different race. It really gets the readers thinking about the politics behind race....more
**spoiler alert** Can't say that this one is my favorite. I love this series, but as with book #3 in this series, it was kind of predictable from the**spoiler alert** Can't say that this one is my favorite. I love this series, but as with book #3 in this series, it was kind of predictable from the minute the whole cast of players was introduced what was going on despite Handler's best efforts to make everyone appear to have a motive. Despite that, though, I still love Handler's characters and the flair he gives them. Still, I was more interested in learning what was to become of Mitch and Des' relationship since they were obviously on different planets (Mitch wanting to move forward and Des thinking Mitch wants to break up with her). I wish there had been more on what's going on with the two of them, but this is a mystery series before it's a romance series. I was glad to see Handler using a little less sista-girl talk in this book. It always seems so unnatural when Des talks to anyone like that who isn't Yolie or Soave because of the upper crust picture that Handler has painted of Dorset's residents. Even though I wasn't blown away by this one, I can't wait to get the next book and see what becomes of my favorite mystery duo. ...more
2.5 stars, actually. Darlene’s NFL star husband is found murdered with a woman that Darlene assumes is her husband’s mistress. For the past few month’2.5 stars, actually. Darlene’s NFL star husband is found murdered with a woman that Darlene assumes is her husband’s mistress. For the past few month’s Vlad (a Russian ex-soccer player turned FBI agent) has been posing as a kicker to find the killer that’s been killing women in the cities the team visits.
Okay, the plot is a little thin because it basically focuses on the budding relationship between the two characters, but I enjoyed it for what it’s worth. It's erotica. I don't know what I was expecting anyway. And the writer does have a way with words that makes the reading enjoyable.
Warning--this book does contain explicit sex scenes dealing with BDSM....more
My friend sent me the first three books in this serial, but there are four books. I am so distraught right now because now I need the fourth book butMy friend sent me the first three books in this serial, but there are four books. I am so distraught right now because now I need the fourth book but I'm not supposed to be spending money... ...more