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The Color of Love

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  940 ratings  ·  66 reviews

Leah Downey was a brilliant young commercial artist moving up fast on the Manhattan career track.

Jason Horn was a street-smart cop getting over a nasty divorce and an even more agonizing personal tragedy.

All the odds said they would never meet. But they did. Everyone they knew said they should break it off before
Mass Market Paperback, 398 pages
Published March 1995 by Penguin Books
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Sep 01, 2009 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
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tbr-2017
I have to say, that I am really glad that I kept my copy of this book all these years. I really enjoyed reading it as a teenager and I thank Kitt for exposing me to interracial romances as a teenager as well. I didn't even know that was a genre til I got older.

In "The Color of Love", Kitt explores an interracial relationship between an African American woman named Leah who is a graphic designer and a white man named Jason, who is a New York City police officer.

Kitt tells the story focusing on
8/9/18: This is a revisit of an IR classic, originally read over 20 years ago.

A lost soul on her doorstep catches Leah Downey's attention, and prompts a show of kindness on her part. Jason Horn's life was rocked by tragedy, and but is thankful that a stranger reached out in his most vulnerable moment. She the softhearted Black artist, him the hard-bitten White cop, on paper they have very little in common. Something is sparking between them, but the reality of the worlds they both inhabit, test
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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.
J.J. Murray
Apr 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is the first interracial romance I read, and it still resonates today, even after 15 years.
Urenna Sander
Oct 26, 2014 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 Leahs sister and housemate, guile Gail, who is a strong character in this book.
Gails verbal attack
Mar 23, 2012 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
Mercedes Keyes
Jun 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
This was my first interracial novel ever and I enjoyed it immensely!
Jul 20, 2013 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
Jan 03, 2013 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
Laura Parker
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 21, 2010 added it
Awesome book. I re-read this book all the time!
Felicia Glover
May 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
I did not realize this book was written in 1995. It explains he references to the use of pay phones. It is amazing how writers viewed interracial relationships back then and how some authors of today have the ability to fluently write on this subject matter.
Cardyn Brooks
Sep 08, 2012 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).
Jun 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, romance, 2018
Since this was written more than 20 years ago the social pressures against Leah and Jasons relationship were a bit dated but the insights into their feelings made it seem like a contemporary romance. There was a foreboding sense of suspense throughout the story that led up to a dramatically emotional ending. I just wish it had included some sort of epilogue with a glimpse into their future. ...more
Winter Sophia Rose
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Intense, Engrossing Beautiful Read! I Loved It!
Feb 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
it was the first book i read about interracial was ok
I finished this long ass read in two days. Take that as you will. It definitely was drama filled and interesting. I don't like when a character has no backbone. I understand and fully believe that you must forgive and move forward. That being said, I don't know of any woman who would just go along with the regularly scheduled program after finding out she was betrayed in the worst way by someone so close to her. That entire situation was totally unrealistic to me. I darn near put the book down ...more
Gretchen King
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This bar none, is the best love story I've ever read, be it interracial or otherwise. All of Sandra Kitt's books are amazing, but this one - the first - is in my opinion the best. I so wanted this book to be made into a movie back in the day. I pictured Anika Noni Rose and Tom Berenger as to two stars to play them. He's too old for the part now but I think Brad Pitt would do nicely.

I find myself re-reading this book every few years when I long for a realistic romance involving a professional
Jul 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, diverse
Didn't look at the published date of this book when I started it so I didn't realize it wasn't a newer release. Jason is a white vietnam vet and cop who meets african american graphic designer Leah on the night of a tragedy. Months later he comes back to introduce himself to the woman who was kind to him. Leah is well aware of how her family and society will react to a black woman dating a white cop but Jason is forced to confront a life/occupation of white priviledge when they start getting ...more
Geena Kenemore
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very good read.
Apr 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
Thought this was going to be a love story. It's not...
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great read. Didn't want to put down. I thought I knew the ending, but there was a twist. Thanks Sandra I look forward to reading more of your books.
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Skipped around just did not keep me turning the pages, but just an ok read.
WTF Are You Reading?
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
Oct 18, 2013 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
Feb 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
Didn't like it at all.There really wasn't a story here at least not one that interested me. It was tedium all the way through. I found myself sighing in boredom and frustration at this story line, which seemed a bit contrived. I never met a more tiresome cast of characters, every last one of them. The author foreshadowed this story to the point that I knew way in advance what was about to happen. I kept on reading just to get to the end and be rid of these annoying characters.
Valerie Keyes
Jun 14, 2014 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
Dec 07, 2014 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 ...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
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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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