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Close Encounters

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  500 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Lee Grafton is a divorced cop and the father of a teenage girl. Carol Taggart is a newly single professor. Their lives collide one night when Carol is caught in the crossfire of an undercover drug sting gone south. Shot and seriously wounded, she finds an unexpected friend in Lee . . . unaware that the man she’s falling for could be the shooter.

Twenty years on
Paperback, 440 pages
Published July 1st 2000 by Signet
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Oct 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book was so amazing. Everything about it was well done. I loved that fact that it was not thrown together and I did not spend all my time mentally correcting typos and grammar problems. IT really was a true romance book that focused on not only relationships between the main character but also between other characters. The people in the story had real lives and real feelings and realistic ways of dealing with things. I found it to be a breath of fresh air.
Close Encounters by Sandra Kitt was originally published in 2000. The book is being released in digital format by Open Road Intergrated Media. I received a copy of this book from the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This book was read as part of the Goodreads Reto Romance group hosted by Open Road media.

Carol is taking her dog for a walk early one morning and gets caught in the line of fire during a police sting operation. She was in the wrong place at the wr
I'll be honest, but I don't usually much go for contemporaries. It's not that I have anything against contemporary romances, but I find them quite disappointing more often than not, and it seems to be a genre that's populated with quite a few authors who churn them out on an industrial scale. Every now and then I make the mistake of picking one up, which puts me off the whole genre for a while.

This one, provided by the published through netgalley, was a real eye-opener and I thorough
*3.5 STARS*

I gave it the extra .5 because the narration was good. This story got on my nerves because it seemed like every other sentence said something to effect of: because she is black and he is wife. OKAY! WE GET IT. IT'S AN INTERRACIAL RELATIONSHIP. We also got it the other 9,999,999 times you mentioned it.

Ok, now that I got that off my chest, I really thought the story was pretty good. I think that Carol was a little too forgiving about being shot but I guess that's
Julian Froment
Nov 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I really enjoyed this book. It had a fast paced plot, with numerous twists and turns along the way. There are a number of interesting subplots that bleed into the action of the main plot, that are all tied up nicely before the final resolution of the story.

This book was a great romance, but it was so much more than simply that. This book had many of the elements of a great crime story. In addition it dealt with a number of difficult topics of an interracial nature.

The act
Nov 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a daring and complex novel with well thought out characters and a quickly paced plot. I was immediately impressed with this book for two reasons:

It doesn't take long for the action to begin, and even in the short space of time before it does, you come to know one of the characters well enough to care about what happens to them.

One of the reasons I wanted to keep turning pages in this story, was that it wasn't just a simple romance. The characters face adversity and have to make tough d
This wasn't a bad story I actually enjoyed it it's definitely a happily ever after type of story but it needed a little bit more spice. After all it was about a New York cop accidentally shooting a civilian you know how many different ways I could've gone. Not to mention he's a white cop she's a black civilian.
Mar 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Sandra Kitt never disappoints
Geena Kenemore
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cynthia Lampkin
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good story

I really enjoyed this book. Great characters and story line. Ms Kitt's style of writing made this seem really believable.
I’ve had more than the usual number of opportunities this month to read romances featuring couples from different racial and cultural backgrounds. Refreshing! So much more like my life! I’ve even been serializing my own novel featuring an interracial couple here and on Wattpad. I didn’t set out to write an interracial romance; that was just what came naturally. Because so many couples in my life have very different backgrounds, it just seemed logical to include the same in at least one of my wor ...more
Andrea Guy
Close Encounters was originally published in 2000, which makes me wonder why the color lines seemed so antiquated.

The focus of the book is on Carol Taggart a professor who got in the middle of a take down while walking her dog at an ungodly hour of the morning.

That's where the story started to go wrong for me. I can't deal with the death of an animal in a book and it happened so early on.

I was hoping for a more cutting edge romance between Carol and Lee, but instead ther
Nov 27, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Close Encounters deals with a lot of different issues that still hold up to be relevant 13 years after it was first published. Taken on the surface, it is a sweet romance suspense between a policeman and the woman he mistakenly shot in a botched sting operation. Lee and Carol have an intense chemistry that they can't deny. I thought they were a great couple and I found myself rooting for them to work out.

Woven into the story, the author has included the issues of race relations between the poli
I was actually expecting something completely different, the reviews for this book were pretty good so I decided to check it out. Now I would like to start by saying the book was overall a very simple read and interesting nonetheless BUT it was just not for me.

I had a very hard time getting into this book, I skimmed... when I skim through a book that is a red flag.

I just had a hard time connecting the characters together, and with all that was going on I was still waiting on somethi
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read this book the first time over 10 years ago. Once I signed up with Kindle, I tried desperately to remember the title. Think this was the first inter-racial romance novel I read. By pure chance, years later, I came across it. So very, very happy that made me!
This novel was not filled with too many hot, explicit sex scenes. Didn't need it!! Pure romance and so sweet. I LOVED this book. I loved Lee. Loved his relationship with his daughter. Loved the connections she made with Carol. Lov
Dec 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

In the beginning of Close Encounter you were to believe that this was gonna be a deep and highly controversial book, with love story somewhere in between. By the middle you realize it was somewhat controversial and not so deep, the plot came and went and really didn't make too much of a impact on the storyline. If criminals have to pay for their crimes then Barbara ,the dirty police deeds should have been revealed.
Jul 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I saw this book one day on the book shelf at Half Price Books about 10 years ago when I first started reading interracial stories. I still have this book in paperback. It was in pretty good shape when I bought it. Now, it is a well-read paperback. This book will always stay on my shelf. There a a few books that I go back and reread just bacause with this being the main one. No matter how many times I read this book, it will always be a 5 star read for me.
--karen Green-berry

I am fast becoming a fan of this author. I love a great storyteller who gets so caught up in the characters, you forget they're fictional. Such is the case with Leo and Carol's story.

Carol and Leo's first encounter is when she was caught up in a police undercover operation, and was shot and injured. Their subsequent encounters which led to a friendship and romance, is a delightful story.
Jan 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Maria by: Jayne Ann Krentz
Fast-paced with interesting twists and turns, this book rates well as to readability and suspense. However, it could have delved more deeply into the issues of bi-racial relationships. Instead it dealt mainly with conflict of interest issues of police versus victim, some of which, admittedly, were racial but could just as easily have not had anything to do with racial issues.
Insightful. Timeless. Progressive. Heartfelt.

Lee and Carol ignite the pages and make this more than a BWWM interracial romance. I highly recommended this. Many of the issues here in this work are reflected right now in 2016. This novel has staying power and some.
Nice read

I have read a few of Ms. Kit's books and although I enjoyed her style I often times found myself skipping pages or taking a long time to finish them. This book really held my attention. I enjoyed both characters and sharing their love story.
Sharon Huxford
May 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This was my first IR romance
3, 5 étoiles (4 étoiles pour la première lecture et 3 pour la deuxième.)
Dec 20, 2015 rated it liked it
2.5 Stars. I was rather enjoying this story until the subway attack. Everything Carol did after that point was so stupid and nonsensical it spoiled all the things I liked about the book.
Debra K. Brown
May 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

It was a good read to read. It kept you suspense and it was enjoyable, to know both main characters love.
M. Michelle
Jul 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing

This description is for another SK novel, not this one.
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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.

A native New Yorker,
“...She expected people to accept her for who she was. But she never really accepted herself.” 7 likes
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