It’s racist. It’s misogynistic. It’s tacky. It’s fetish-y. It’s gross… I think the reading audience is intelligent enough to conclude by your cover and/or book description that it’s an interracial romance. Now I know that titles like this are attention-grabbing and actually turn some people on. I’m not one of them. I actually let my curiosity get the better of me, and I bought one of these books, and you know what? It wasn’t half bad, but the title wasn’t even befitting of the storyline because he was a decent guy doing lots of other stuff besides being a millionaire. I’m one and done. Any existing or future titles that include race as a selling point automatically go on my Do Not Buy List. How do you feel about it?
*These are fictional titles but you can find the real ones listed all throughout the IR romance listings on Amazon.
This week’s picks come from two authors whose works I have previously read and enjoyed. One book I have already read, and the other is in my weekend queue (I will be doing lots of reading in between studying). I think Amazon should pay me for all this free advertising I’m giving them (seriously), but on to the picks!
I’m introducing a new feature called Wednesdays With Coco. I love this chick! She gives you honest, no-holds barred reviews . There is no sugar-coating, and her opinions are very detailed and supported. This week’s review is actually a Kindle Unlimited pick I suggested from author Christopher Maddox entitled Loving My Neighbor. I cautioned that it was problematic in some areas, and Coco goes in! Peep this very honest, very raw review:
You know, I love meeting new authors, and this is in no way a knock on the old faves. Newbies tend to offer a fresh perspective on recurring themes, or blow us away with something unlike we’ve ever read before, and through my Facebook travels (teehee), I’ve met a new author, Allyn Lesley, whose WIP (work in progress) has me salivating and chomping at the bit. Look at this teaser! Look at this dude! Who the hell is Noah Adams, and who is the chick who turned him out? I.can.not.wait. So who is Allyn Lesley, and what is this book exactly about? Read on, my friends. Read on…
Allyn Lesley writes real stories about real people.
As a teen, Allyn lost herself in the pages of some of Romance’s heavyweights, trusting that a happy ever after was just around the corner. In Allyn’s own writing journey, as in life, she’s learned that people don’t always experience recovery and restoration after a fall. Her stories speak to the gritty side of life where the right choice isn’t always easily identified and happiness not quickly gained. I’m intrigued…I love stories where the couple has to put in work to get to that HEA.
Everything Avianna Linton thought she knew was shattered in one traffic stop. With her life turned upside down, she flees to the bright lights of New York City hoping for anonymity and a new life.
Rising from nothing, Noah Adams holds onto his power and control with a bone-crushing grip. No one dared challenge his authority until her…
Avi’s disdain for Noah is barely contained, and Noah does everything he can to restrain himself—a concept he has little experience with.
There’s more between the two than either of them realize. A force looms near, hovering with deadly precision and motivated solely by revenge.
Avi wonders who her new friends truly are and if she’s already in too deep. Noah, accustomed to getting what he wants, will do whatever it takes to draw Avi’s in deeper.
Deeper is an interracial romantic suspense novel by new author Allyn Lesley-coming real soon to your favorite e-tailer.
Peep the trailer (which I love btw)
Connect with Allyn, and stay in the know! I’m nosy, so you know I’m all over her social media networks.
DISCLAIMER: This musing is a tongue-in-cheek poke at romance writing, so please take it all with a grain of salt…
I have read literally hundreds of IR romance books, and here are some of the recurring characteristics, themes, or occurrences. So, without further ado, why do:
1.Almost all of the black women have almond-shaped eyes?
2. The men pinch the bridge of their noses when they’re upset, weary, or agitated?
3.The women lick their top lip when they’re in a nervous predicament?
4. The men almost always get an instant hard on when they see the woman for the first time?
5. The women cum on command when told, and how can I do that? Seriously…
6. The men growl when in an aroused or romantic state?
7. The women never wrap their hair or wear a head scarf when they go to bed? Come on y’all…you know we don’t lay our heads down without either wrapping it up in a scarf first or sleeping on a satin pillowcase.
8. The women sigh before kissing the man or succumbing to his charms?
9. The man and the woman always have full lips?
10. The man always have a chiseled jaw and/or an aquiline nose?
11. They always make omelets for breakfast and make steaks dinner?
Disclaimer: When I suggest books from Kindle Unlimited, they are not necessarily books that I personally endorse. I have either read them, they are in my TBR (to be read) pile, or the synopsis looks interesting. I will disclose if I’ve actually read the book or not. Now on to this week’s picks…
White guys who write IR romance have always intrigued me. One because they’re men who write romance, and two, I want to see how their minds operate when it comes to interracial romance. Will it be fetish-y? Will there actually be a plot or just a man and woman who come up for air after lots of sweaty sex? While I can’t say that these picks are fetish-y, they are sex-heavy. Surprise, surprise…And men write so differently from women. The sex is almost always detailed and dirty. There’s lots of baby this and honey that. Ok, let me stop! Here are a few written by some guys that I’ve actually read. They weren’t bad either, but as with all books, I encourage you to check them out and form your own opinions.