Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Grunt by Latrivia Nelson



Every now and then, I go off on a tangent and read something I wouldn't normally read. I went on amazon.com today just to see what else had come out that I'd been waiting on. This definitely wasn't on my list but I clicked on it just to check it out. Why? I liked the cover a lot. When I saw it, the first thing I said was 'he is really all up on that titty' and then I found out it was less than $3 so I bought it.

This isn't a paranormal. It's an interracial romance so there's really nothing out of the ordinary to keep me reading but it did. Even though the cover was great, I read the synopsis, thinking it would be shit, but I kind of dug it so I purchased.

First ... I love that Courtney is dark. I love that her parents are dark. I love that her brother is dark. Our author didn't kill me and throw in a light skinned heffa with curly hair.

Second ... Our Grunt, Brett, is as normal as they come. I felt like his character was very realistic. I know people who have served the country. We've spoken intimately on a number of occasions and this was so very real to me.

Third ... Cameron is an angel. I've always believed that a child has to be taught that their is a difference. Whether its apples to oranges or black people to white people, a child must be taught. However, this child didn't think anything of the racial difference in 'mommys' outside of the fact that he loved Courtney like she was his mother.

Fourth ... At times I felt like Courtney was too unrealistic but very real at the same time. The type of person she is definitely exists but I don't want to read about it. That's mainly because I'm used to reading about impossible things. No shade to the author about it, I'm just conditioned this way.

Fifth ... I am VERY pleased that Brett and David never went to blows. I kept thinking they would simply because the tension was so high and race was brought up within the family. But I'm really happy our author didn't reduce this book to a race riot. It was dealt with in a really good way.

I'm struggling as to what kind of rating to give it. I always give shorter books a lower rating just because I feel there should be more but this one didn't seem rushed to me at all. I wonder if the rest of her stuff is this good.


3 1/2 Stars
IR: Courtney (AA)

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