Salana Livingston did everything right, from taking her multi-vitamin to kneeling before bed to say her prayers every night. She followed the path her parents had planned before she was born, never questioned the role until the day a bus-load of sweaty kids from the Bronx got dropped at her parents’ horse farm.
Tiago Alcazar knew a life of hard knocks. An incarcerated father, a missing and strung-out mother who left him to rely on his aged grandmother for most of his life.
Tiago runs the mean streets of the neighborhood that raised him, living hand-to-mouth, everyday a gift, if he can just make it.
Burdened by a world that only wants to see her as perfect, Salana finds her greatest confidant in a boy society has labeled as worthless. Their paths cross too many times for their stubborn hearts to deny the connection, but can the delinquent and the debutant defy the odds and overcome the social constructs that condemn them?
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Mara White brings us a raw and gritty love story of two people who by society’s standards should have never fallen in love with each other. This book consumed and enraptured me! It was wickedly sexy while tackling difficult issues of race and social status.
I love how real this book was. This author doesn’t play. She tells it as it is and the naked truth of Tiago’s reality was open and evident throughout these pages. Raised by his grandmother in the projects with absent drug addict parents left him with no real role models. As a teenager, he visits a horse farm on a state funded field trip where he meets Salana. Salana is his complete opposite. She is the white to his brown. The wealth to his poverty. The academic and the high school dropout. These two are naturally drawn to each other and their lives intertwine at intermittent times from teenagers into adulthood.
Because flesh doesn’t know race and class, it only knows need and want, gratification and comfort. And Salana’s body sought him out. Her heart, too, knew where he came from and it didn’t care…
Salana seeks out Tiago in times of need because she knows he won’t judge her and he brings her a sense of comfort that she can’t find anywhere else. Despite the tattoos, bling and slouching pants, Tiago is the most caring and upstanding man she knows. All her parents and other people from her world see is a thug but she sees the man that just wants to take care of his grandmother and make a solid life for himself but just doesn’t have the resources to make it happen.
The social injustice is so painful to read. Tiago has completely captured my heart! He is sexy AF and despite his circumstances, this man keeps getting up and pushing forward. He always had a great attitude and an even amazing heart. He was the only one who supported Salana and her dreams even if it was not in his best interest.
The passion this couple have for each other is so intense. This book was insanely sexy and their attraction was almost animalistic. The sexiness, the touch of forbidden and the struggles this couple had to deal with to get their HEA made this book absolute perfection. Highly recommended!
Heat Level: Moderate
Mara White is a contemporary romance and erotica writer who laces forbidden love stories with hard issues, such as race, gender and inequality. She holds an Ivy League degree but has also worked in more strip clubs than even she can remember. She is not a former Mexican telenovela star contrary to what the tabloids might say, but she is a former ballerina and will always remain one in her heart. She lives in NYC with her husband and two children and yes, when she’s not writing you can find her on the playground.