Brown Sugar

Key Party, #2

It is the 1970s and interracial dating is completely taboo. Shayna finds herself falling for her best friend’s brother, Embry. Nonetheless, she refuses to explore that relationship. She knows how much grief they would get if they were actually together. She’s black, he’s white, and she is not even willing to mess up their great friendship. Embry was living in his own little world to think they could date. Times were changing…but she wasn’t crazy and could realize…they still hadn’t changed all that much. But with Embry constantly there as a reminder of the love she has, can she ignore the feelings for long?

This book seemed so promising during chapter one where we got to meet Shayna and get into her head. Besides Shayna and Embry, a few other interesting characters were also introduced. I hated that after the little bit of time with them, it was like everyone else disappeared from the story. Many topics were also left hanging. It was stated how upset the parents would be about their children dating. But we never got to see the parents or their reaction to interracial dating. For something that was such a big deal I was sure it would make an appearance. Overall, I think it lacked a real story line. Majority of the book took place within one day which did not allow the audience to see much of a growth between the characters. Lena Matthews has a great command of the written word but I wished there was more to it with this one. I would say this is not a romance at all but an erotic tale.

Book Blurb for Brown Sugar

Genre: 70s-era Historical Multicultural

Series: Key Party; Prev Book: Band of Gold

In the era of Disco and bell bottoms, one neighborhood is keeping free love alive, one key at a time.

As a proponent for free love and women’s rights, Shayna is more than happy to attending her friend’s key party even though she has no desire to sample the wares herself. Her plan is to just be there for immoral support. Nothing more, nothing less, or at least that was her intention before she spotted the man she spent one unforgettable night with, her best friend’s brother, Embry.

They only had one night together, but to Embry it was the first of many to come. Despite the wall Shayna had erected between them, Embry has no intention of backing down. It had taken him a long time to get Shayna to see him as a man and not just Edith’s brother and he refused to allow her to put him back in the friend column now.

Despite the differences in their social status and ethnicity, he knows that they are perfect for each other. Now all he has to do is get the stubborn beauty to admit it.

Publisher's note: This book contains explicit sexual situations and graphic language.

Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2012 3.00