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 Gentleman in the Street (The Campbell Siblings #1)
Author: Alisha Rai
Publication Date: November 24th 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance
Why I love it: The heroine, Akira Mori, is a Japanese American Billionaire. She’s bisexual and everything I strive to be. If you read one Erotic Romance in your life, read this.
Shameless. That’s what she was.
Billionaire businesswoman Akira Mori can get anything and anyone her heart desires. Anyone, that is, except for a certain aloof author who has been dominating her dreams for over a decade. Accustomed to Jacob Campbell’s stern disapproval, Akira has turned provocation into an art, using every trick in her arsenal to keep the man from guessing the depth of her filthy fantasies.
Shameless. That’s what she made him.
Since the moment the sexy, sultry socialite sidled up to him years ago, there hasn’t been a time when Jacob didn’t crave Akira. But as guardian to his younger siblings, responsibility has controlled his life. Confining his darkest desires to secret, stolen moments maintains his carefully disciplined world…but a cold bed is the price he pays.
A single touch is all it takes for their simmering need to explode. As secrets and fears are stripped away one by one, shame becomes a thing of the past. They find themselves becoming addicted to each other, in bed and out—a frightening prospect for a man just learning to live…and a woman who thinks she doesn’t know how to love.
A Released Diverse Book that I Haven’t Read Yet
Title: Been Here All Along
Author: Sandy Hall
Publication Date: August 30th 2016
Genre: Young Adult, LGBT, Contemporary Romance
Why I Want to Read It: I’m always looking for more trope-y gay romances, so I’m excited for Been Here All Along. I read Queens of Geek, another diverse book from Swoon Reads, and was pleased with the representation. I’m hoping there will be more of the same in this one.
Gideon always has a plan. His plans include running for class president, becoming head of the yearbook committee, and having his choice of colleges. They do NOT include falling head over heels for his best friend and next door neighbor, Kyle. It’s a distraction. It’s pointless, as Kyle is already dating the gorgeous and popular head cheerleader, Ruby. And Gideon doesn’t know what to do.
Kyle finally feels like he has a handle on life. He has a wonderful girlfriend, a best friend willing to debate the finer points of Lord of the Rings, and social acceptance as captain of the basketball team. Then, both Ruby and Gideon start acting really weird, just as his spot on the team is threatened, and Kyle can’t quite figure out what he did wrong…
A Diverse Book that Has Yet to Be Released
Title: Tash Hearts Tolstoy
Author: Kathryn Ormsbee
Release Date: June 6th 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Why I Want to Read: After hearing that the main character creates a modern web series based on Anna Karenina, I knew I had to read Tash Hearts Tolstoy. There’s also asexual rep.
After a shout-out from one of the Internet’s superstar vloggers, Natasha “Tash” Zelenka finds herself and her obscure, amateur web series, Unhappy Families, thrust into the limelight: She’s gone viral.
Her show is a modern adaptation of Anna Karenina—written by Tash’s literary love Count Lev Nikolayevich “Leo” Tolstoy. Tash is a fan of the forty thousand new subscribers, their gushing tweets, and flashy Tumblr GIFs. Not so much the pressure to deliver the best web series ever.
And when Unhappy Families is nominated for a Golden Tuba award, Tash’s cyber-flirtation with Thom Causer, a fellow award nominee, suddenly has the potential to become something IRL—if she can figure out how to tell said crush that she’s romantic asexual.
Tash wants to enjoy her newfound fame, but will she lose her friends in her rise to the top? What would Tolstoy do?