Crimson Footprints Author: Shewanda Pugh Genres: Contemporary Interracial/Multicultural Romance/ Women’s Fiction Heat Level: Steamy File Size: 598 KB Print Length: 361 pages Publisher: Delphine Publications (May 31, 2012) Language: English ISBN-10: 0984692363 ISBN-13: 978-0984692361 ASIN: B00885VJ9A Synopsis: When an insecure, bi-racial woman begins a cloak-and-dagger love affair with a Japanese American man, she is intent on keeping her bigoted family in the dark—albeit with devastating consequences.
On the night of her brother’s murder, Deena Hammond stumbles upon Takumi Tanaka, lost and on the wrong end of a .32. After rescuing him from the certain fate driving through the hood in a Porsche will bring, a sweet kind of friendship begins. A balm for her grief. Maybe, Deena likes to think, it happened the day her white mother killed her black father. Or maybe, it was always a part of them, like DNA gone bad. Whatever the case, Deena knows that her family would never approve, hell, never acknowledge her fast-growing love for Takumi. And had he never made love to her that way, in that unraveling, soul-searching sort of way, she could’ve done the same. But love’s a devil that way. So, their game begins. One where they hide what they are from everyone. Anyone. And Tak understands this—for now. After all, Deena’s career hinges on the favor of her mentor and boss, his hard-ass of a father. And the Hammond family is already stretched thin with grief. Yet, each step Deena takes toward family and career brings her closer to an acceptance she’s never had. And away from him. ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Shewanda Pugh is a native of Boston’s inner city, though she now lives in sunny Miami, Florida. She has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Alabama A&M University and a Master’s in Writing from Nova Southeastern University. Fueled from a young age, her passion for crossing societal boundaries like race, class and culture, is the inspiration for both her cluttered bookshelf and her writing. When she’s not busy obsessing over fiction, she can be found traveling, nursing her social networking addiction or enjoying the company of loved ones.
What a great debut! I had a hard time putting the book down. I wanted to find out where Deena’s story was going! Pugh creates very realistic characters that are well rounded and full bodied. I think that even in today’s society interracial couples are still questioned, especially in the Asian cultures. Pugh does a great job of laying out their relationship, backgrounds, and family. The plot builds slowly and ends with a bang! There are still some unanswered questions that may possibly be answered in a sequel, we shall see!! I definitely recommend Crimson Footprints for those that like a steamy romance. I also look forward to reading more from Shewanda Pugh!
♥♥♥♥4/5 Hearts: Great Read
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