Title: The Color of Love (Romance #13)
Author Name & Publisher: Radclyffe (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: July 12, 2016 – 240 pgs
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.
This beautifully romantic story had me hooked from the start. Emily was a dedicated literary agent working for Derien’s family agency. When agency head Henrietta becomes Ill and Derien returns from her travels things begin to get interesting . Derien has led a celebrity lifestyle, with lots of women and gambling but Emily finds she’s not at all like the headlines would have you think. She’s kind , sensitive and unbelievably sexy. Emily finds herself falling hard. I loved seeing how Derien changed as she realised she loved Emily and how she was willing to completely alter her life for her. Emily changed too in that she began to see herself capable of great passion and love. She had been all about business and responsibility before. Together they fought against forces intent on cutting the agency to the bone and changing its whole ethos. Worries about Emily’s visa were a constant threat too. It all led to them becoming closer and to some scorching sex scenes that are to be expected in a Radclyffe novel. She really knows how to write intense arousal and passion and never disappoints. Heart-achingly romantic doesn’t even begin to describe this story.
Can I just say how glad I am that I picked this book up? I know that my opinion may differ from others, but the last couple of books from Radclyffe have seemed to lack the deft touch that made her books so good. This book seems like she’s back in top form. Both characters have depth, and they seem to follow a logical progression that not only shows how they’ve changed, but how they fell in love. Emily is a girl after my own heart, with her love of books, and I loved the fact that she was a literary agent. Derian was a little harder to like at first, with the type of lifestyle she lived, even if she didn’t really enjoy it. Two things saved Derian for me; the fact that she loved Henrietta so much, and that she was ready for a change in her life, and didn’t have a problem going where her heart led her. I know we don’t get much of a resolution for Derian with her father in this book, but that’s something that’s going to take some time, and definitely not a focus in this book. There was a bit of a quick ending, because I would have liked to know what, if anything, Emily was going to do with her sister now that she has greater resources available. I also would have loved to see a little bit more of Derian in action in the boardroom. But truthfully, I came away from this story wholly satisfied and ready for whatever comes next from Radclyffe.
Radclyffe has written over forty-five romance and romantic intrigue novels, dozens of short stories, and, writing as L.L. Raand, has authored a paranormal romance series, The Midnight Hunters. She has also edited Best Lesbian Romance 2009 through 2015 as well as multiple other anthologies. She is an eight-time Lambda Literary Award finalist in romance, mystery, and erotica—winning in both romance and erotica. A member of the Saints and Sinners Literary Hall of Fame, she is also an RWA Prism, Lories, Beanpot, Aspen Gold, and Laurel Wreath winner in multiple mainstream romance categories. In 2014, she received the Dr. James Duggins Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist award from the Lambda Literary Foundation. In 2004, she founded Bold Strokes Books, an independent LGBTQ publishing company, and in 2013, she founded the Flax Mill Creek Writers Retreat offering writing workshops to authors in all stages of their careers.
She states, “I began reading lesbian fiction at the age of twelve when I found a copy of Ann Bannon’s Beebo Brinker. That book and others like it convinced me that I was not alone, that there were other women who felt like I did. Our literature provides support and validation and very often, a lifeline, for members of our community throughout the world. I am proud and honored to be able to publish the many fine authors at Bold Strokes Books and to contribute in some small way to the words that celebrate the LGBTQ experience.”
Radclyffe lives with her partner, Lee, in New York state.