Friday, April 24, 2015

Review: Black Rainbow by J.J. McAvoy

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?

Thea doesn't let people in. Ever. So a week long fling with a sexy man named Levi and it's without strings attached? That sounded perfect to Thea. But that blissful week ended and Thea can't seem to get Levi out of her mind and she can't call him or see him again. They had an agreement. So Thea goes on with her life. The last thing that she ever expected was to see her temporary lover standing at the front of her law class. Can Thea pass this class without caving and can the rule-abiding Levi keep his distance?
I've read a few teacher/student love affair books and to be honest, I've only enjoyed one of them. When I saw Black Rainbow, I was wondering if I would enjoy it because the probabilities were not in its favor. But I was surprised. VERY surprised. I didn't expect the book to be about so much more than just a taboo affair. 

You know, I'm a bit hard on flawed characters. But that's only because I really love a flawed character. I don't find it amusing to read about people who are perfect because no one is. I'm as screwed up as the next person and I want to read about someone digging themselves out of an impossibly deep hole, in the dark, with snakes raining down on them. I want the struggle and the drama and most of all, I want a character that will fight for what they want. So. Thea is that perfectly flawed character. She wasn't screwed up enough to make me think that things would never be better, she had these things wrong in her life and she knew how to fix them but she also knew that the road to that change wouldn't be easy or even possible. It is neat watching that caterpillar to butterfly type of transformation. And Thea wasn't the only one who went through that, there were a couple of other characters that had the same type of change and that was interesting as well to read about. And Levi ... while he wasn't as screwed up as I would have hoped, he was a strong male lead that I really enjoyed getting to know within these pages. 

I was really chugging along with this book. I read it pretty quickly because it just kept me interested. It kept me wanting more, which is what the definition of an amazing book is ... IMHO. Anyway ... so I'm scooting through these pages and I'm almost done and then BOOM! I was totally blindsided by something that happened. It happened to close to the end that I really had to go back and reread to make sure that I had actually experienced what I thought that I did. Man. I've never read anything by McAvoy before but I will now. She is a really talented author that everyone should be reading. Black Rainbow was just so good. 

 * I received this book in exchange for an honest review *

Available: May 15th, 2015

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