I meant to preface my last “top three” post by saying just because I name certain books as my top three that I’m slighting or dismissing all the other books I’ve read in the last year. These are just the three that have stuck with me long after I’ve read them. And 2017 was a sucky year for reading for me, so that’s another reason for only naming three books. I hardly read anything!!!
Without further delay, here are my top three interracial/multicultural reads, in no particular order:
Home by K. Carr: The cover got me. Not gon’ lie. The story kept me. Kept me reading into the wee hours of the morning because I love second chance romances, and this is one of the wildest ones I’ve ever read. Not wild as in WTF, although there were a few moments or two, but wild as in I’ve never read an honest (although fictional) portrayal of what post-partum depression can do to a woman’s psyche and cause her to do unconscionable things—at least unconscionable for us who’ve never experienced childbirth and the effects it can have on your being.
This story is not dire and depressing, but it is highly emotional, and yes, it does have an HEA. The storytelling is excellent, and it’s set in the UK, so you get that British flavor throughout. Loved it!
Rise by Dylan Allen: This was another book I picked up on a whim. I didn’t know the author; there was no buzz (in my circles) about this book; and I had no expectations. But something said, “Just buy the damn book and read it!” Folks, always trust ya gut!
So, Rise is actually the first book in the saga of three sisters of African and Syrian descent. Each are dealing with their own phoenix versions of rising from the ashes when their father is accused of one of the most unspeakable acts in modern US history.
Addie, the baby sister, and star of Rise, can’t deal with the fallout and shame bestowed upon her family after her father abandons them to go into hiding. At the first opportunity, she leaves the country and makes a successful life for herself in London, where she meets Simon, who is also mixed race. Simon is dealing with his own set of family issues, and these two couldn’t be as different as night and day. But their attraction to one another is strong and palpable.
I love romances that are heavy on the drama with good loving thrown in. This is one of those. Yeah, the sex was good, but the story was even better.
Part Of The List by Xavier Neal: Whenever author Xavier Neal posts flashbacks or anything related to this book, I get ALL in my feelings and never cease to let her have it (lovingly, of course).
All I’m going to say is this book is not for the lighthearted. Depending on who you are as a reader, as a person, it may or may not end prettily for you, but one thing I know for sure (in my Oprah voice), you will walk away feeling something. There are no rules that state all romances are supposed to be wine and roses and lovely and sappy. Chile…