I absolutely loved this book. You can read an excerpt and my review to see why. J.J. McAvoy has done it once again! Don't forget to enter the giveaway too!
Black Rainbow by J.J. McAvoy
Publication Date: May 15, 2015
A sweet and steamy New Adult Romance from Amazon bestselling author of the Ruthless People series, J.J. McAvoy…
“I did it because I wanted to know more about you, and so I pushed you when I shouldn’t have. I’m the one who should be apologizing to you, I’m the one who’s sorry,” I said before she could interrupt me.
Her head dropped, along with my heart. “You’re an ass.”
“You didn’t have to follow me.”
“Don’t look at me like I’m damaged,” she whispered, not meeting my gaze.
Lifting her chin her up, I forced her to look at me. “I’m not.”
“You’re thinking it.”
“I definitely am not,” I said softly, as I ran my thumb over her bottom lip.
She’s so close to me…
“I should go.”
Neither of us moved.
If she kissed me now, she would become a student who knowingly seduced her professor, and if I kissed her now, I would become a professor who preyed on my student. Either way, we were both screwed, so fuck it.
Leaning down, I closed the gap between us. In that moment, everything I had been suppressing for the last month came rushing back to me.
I was stunned by J.J. McAvoy's Ruthless People series. It was gritty, raw, exciting, and so different from any of the books I could recall reading. I knew when her next book was announced she would bring her A-game and write something unique and exciting and she did. She managed to take a number of themes I never thought would've worked together and presented a story that will leave a lasting impression.
It was really easy for me to fall into lust, like, and love with Thea and Levi, in that order. Being able to experience this story from both of their view points made it almost impossible not to. Both of these characters are bold people. They're similar in how their minds work and stubborn to boot. They're hard working and have passionate natures. You can feel the chemistry between them from their very first interaction and the surprise they feel at seeing each one another again in an unexpected setting as well.
One thing I love about this book, which I wasn't expecting, was how okay I was with the initial insta-lust between Thea and Levi. I almost never like it when that happens. However, it fit the characters and I liked how even though they became physically knowledge with each other's bodies fairly quickly, the development of something deeper, richer, and more potent was happening at the same time and it all of it felt logical and reasonable. Another thing I really liked was how the book was set up. Parts of it go from the present to the past, and it does a wonderful job at contrasting and showing what Thea and Levi are experiencing.
Thea and Levi certainly had a rough start and really had to work hard at their relationship. I loved how the usual roles one reads about in a romance were broken in this book. They had so much going against them. This was an inter-racial romance. I love diversity in books. I really liked how it was handled in the book. I also really liked how race relations were presented and treated in this book. It doesn't play a very big role, but it's quite thought provoking. There was the professional relationship they had to maintain and the personal one they'd begun not knowing they had other ties between them. Besides the forbidden relationship, there was a disparity in their ages that also raised problems. I've never been a huge fan of May-December relationships, but I quickly forgot how old Thea and Levi were and became concerned with how the other matters in their lives were affecting them.
I loved the mystery and suspense element in this unusual love story. It was intense and so gripping. My heart broke for Thea and Selene (Thea's sister) and what had happened to their family. It seemed so wrong something so horrible could happen and have such devastating consequences. It especially hurt since the one who betrayed them should've been one of the people championing them with every breath in their body. I liked how the lasting trauma and its effects were shown. It was hard to read just because of the emotional devastation I felt for Thea and Selene, but it was authentic, and easy to comprehend. I also hurt for them when the truth behind another betrayal by someone close revealed something they'd thought for most of their lives was wrong and the roadblocks the Cunning sisters faced to remove them.
You may have noticed the unusual title, I know I did. The title of this book is absolutely perfect for this story. When the concept was explained and I was floored. It's so simple but profound and explaining it would detract from the power this story contains. Black Rainbow was everything and so much more than I was hoping it would be. I often read with my heart fluttering in my chest and an desire for more. When I finished reading I had to stop for a while to let it all sink in. Once again J.J. McAvoy has written something intricate, fresh, and unique that will capture your attention and heart from the first page to the last, and leave you wanting more. I can never get enough of her stories. Never.
*Thank you to the publicist for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*
About J.J. McAvoy
J. J. McAvoy first started working on Ruthless People during a Morality and Ethics lecture her freshman year of college. X number of years later, she is an insomniac who has changed her major three times, and is a master in the art of procrastination. If you ask her why she began writing, she will simply tell you “They wanted to get their story out.”
She is currently working on her next novel . . . so please bug her on Twitter @JJMcAvoy