Sunday, 9 October 2016

Review: The Color of Love by Radclyffe

Title: The Color of Love
Author: Radclyffe
Series: Stand alone
Source: Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Publisher: Bold Stroke Books
Publication Date: July 12th 2016
My Rating: 4.75*s
Description: Literary agent Emily May is in danger of losing everything she’s worked for—her job, her home, her friends, and the security she provides her older sister back in Singapore—all because she doesn’t have a green card. Racecar enthusiast, high-flying, fast-living Derian Winfield is called home when the only family member she still cares about falls ill. Forced into assuming a role in her father’s dynasty she’s spent years avoiding, Derian needs to rehabilitate her black sheep reputation in a hurry or the agency will likely end up being lost in a takeover. Together, she and Emily take on Derian’s father and his hatchet woman, and in the process, Derian comes up with a plan to solve both their problems. Now she only needs to convince Emily to marry her, a perfectly reasonable solution to all their troubles, or so she thinks. She just hadn’t counted on falling in love.

Review: This is the first ever book I have read written by Radclyffe...which I find surprising considering how much femslash fiction I have been reading over the past few months. Radclyffe's name appears a lot in the lesbian fiction categories on both amazon and goodreads so when the opportunity to review one of her books arose I couldn't wait to dive in.

Granted, this review is a few months late as I did have an advanced copy.

This book felt like a quick read and it was always very easy to fall back into the next day after putting down the night before, even though I didn't really want to put it down.
I loved the characters and that although at first the story, and their romance, seemed a little fast the characters themselves were slightly self aware of this and kind of fought it. It wasn't all rainbow and sunshine and lollipops. It made the story have more depth.

Emily and Dere were sweet together and I like that they came together because of someone else they both love. It is easy to form quick bonds in the face of an almost tragedy.
The supporting characters were great. I love Ron and HW and I even found myself liking Aud, who I wasn't too sure of at first. I also found it great that the problems and the tasks they had to overcome were more based in life than within the actual relationships.
I would have liked Derian to meet Pam though...just a little bit.

If you are looking for a sweet, kind of fast, romance with great characters I would recommend this book, and I absolutely cannot wait to try more of Radclyffe's books. If her other books are anything like this one I can see her quickly climbing up my favourite author's list.

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