Diversity Spotlight Thursday is a weekly meme that was created by Aimal @ Bookshelves and Paperbacks. Each week, you share three diverse books: one that you have read and enjoyed, a released diverse book that you have not read, and one that has not yet been released. Check out the announcement post here for more information.
A Diverse Book I Have Read & Enjoyed
Title: A Hundred Thousand Words
Author: Nyrae Dawn
Publication Date: October 27th 2015
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, LGBT
Why I love it: I absolutely loved both characters, Levi in particular. Levi is a bisexual mess, which is my favorite type of character. Best friend’s brother isn’t one of my favorite tropes, but it really worked in this. If you’re a fan of that trope, then this book is for you. It has an interracial M/M couple.
Tobias Jackson grew up in Coburn, a town where the gay population equaled exactly one: him. Add that to the fact that his dream guy was his best friend’s jerky older brother Levi Baxter, and it made hooking up virtually impossible.
Now home from college for winter break, Toby is a different person. He left Coburn for San Francisco, where he wasn’t the lone gay guy and the only black kid in town. And yeah, he took advantage of what the city had to offer.
Apparently Toby isn’t the only one who’s changed. Levi’s not acting like the self-centered guy with all the answers that Toby remembers from growing up. Oh and Levi’s realized he’s bisexual, which makes things a lot more interesting…
Heading back to college, Toby doesn’t expect to meet up with Levi again, despite him being in med school not far away. A surprise visit from Levi blows that assumption out of the water. As they spend more time together Toby sees Levi as more than just the fantasy. He’s complicated, unsure…he’s real. But if Toby can’t get out of the past and find the words he keeps locked inside himself, he’ll lose his chance at Levi for good.
A Released Diverse Book that I Haven’t Read Yet
Title: Black Rainbow
Author: J.J. McAvoy
Publication Date: May 15th 2015
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Why I Want to Read It: Despite being a fan of the ‘fling ends up being someone new in your life’ trope, I was reluctant to add Black Rainbow to my TBR because of the teacher/student thing. However, a lot of trustworthy people have given it glowing reviews so I’m going to give it a try. Black Rainbow has main characters of color.
After an erotic one-week fling with a musician she meets in a bar, Thea Cunning never expects to see Levi Black again. Then Monday morning comes around, and she discovers that her former lover is not only her professor, but he’s also one of the top criminal lawyers in the state of Massachusetts.
With everyone in class vying to be one of the twelve disciples—a group of twelve students that Professor Black takes under his wing—tensions run high. Thea considers dropping his class, given their passionate week together and their undeniable chemistry. After all, there are other (less infuriatingly sexy) law professors on campus.
But to accomplish her goal and get her father out of prison, Thea knows she needs to learn under the best of the best—and that’s Levi Black.
But can she learn under the best, without being under the best
A Diverse Book that Has Yet to Be Released
Title: Find Me (Cyclone #3)
Author: Courtney Milan
Release Date: TBD
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Why I Want to Read: There’s a good chance that not even god knows when this book will be released. This is the second book about Blake and Tina. They weren’t my favorite couple as I preferred Jay and Maria from Hold Me. But, some new characters who are getting books in the future are going to be introduced so I’m excited.
Blake Reynolds finally has everything under control. He and his father have ironed out the wrinkles in their relationship. He’s in love with his girlfriend. And with the turmoil of the last year firmly in the past, he’s ready to move on to the next phase of his life. Then the sister he didn’t know he had walks into his life. The mother he’s never met is in need of a liver transplant—and he’s the only possible match. Suddenly, everything he thought he knew turns inside out.
Tina Chen wants to believe in a future with Blake. But when she tries to make his life easier by bringing his father into the confusing tangle, the conflict escalates from a difficult family matter into a worldwide scandal. Loving Blake is easy, but the temporary happiness they’ve found together just means she’s all the more aware when “ever after” begins to slip out of her grasp…
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