Saturday, May 8, 2010

Review: Something Worth Fighting For/Lena Matthews/Ellora's Cave

Author:                      Lena Matthews

Genre:                       Erotic Interracial Romance (M/F)

Publication Date:     2010

Ebook Isbn:              9781419928307      
Print Isbn:                 N/A

Length:                     Novel



Book Description:

     No good deed goes unpunished… And no one knows that better than Tisha Nichols, who, out of the kindness of her heart, agrees to style the hair of her nine-year-old neighbor Cami, so the little girl can look good for picture day. Unfortunately, Cami’s adoptive Uncle is far from grateful. In fact he’s down right livid…and far too attractive for Tisha’s peace of mind.

Love thy neighbor… Is easier said than done, especially when the neighbor in question is a sexy little spitfire who gives even better than she gets. Although Jonah is not the type to say he’s sorry, even he can admit when he’s wrong. But the ongoing fight to win custody of Cami has made him cautious and mistrustful of people, even those as desirable as Tisha.

What starts as a misunderstanding turns out to be one of the best things to ever happen to them. Unfortunately, not everyone is as thrilled, and Jonah and Tisha must decide if their newly formed family is something worth fighting for.

My Review: 

     I really enjoyed reading this book by Ms. Matthews.  She covered the subjects of adoption, interracial relationships and what happens when there is alot of outside interference.  The subject of child kidnapping is also touched on in this book.

     Tisha Nichols, a young African American hair dresser, lives by herself and gets along with her co-workers and friends.  She's not in a relationship with a man and seems to be happy with her life choices.  She's outspoken and knows what she wants.  Her nine year old neighbor, Cami, requests that she help her by doing her hair for school pictures.  It seems that Cami is living with her uncle and he doesn't know how to style her hair.  This leads to a somewhat combative encounter with Jonah Glasse, Cami's uncle. 

     Jonah Glasse, a Caucasian man, has custody of his best friend and foster brother's daughter.  Cami is an orphan, both of her parents died in an accident and Jonah was given custody per the term's of their will, but it is being contested by an African American cousin who doesn't believe that the little girl should be with a white man.  Jonah is also a local businessman and is very successful.  He also goes after what he wants and he realizes that he wants Tisha in his life.
     This book has enough romance and hot sex to earn it the title of erotic romance, but it really is alot more.  It is a look at the complex issue of interracial relationships and how society can choose to look at them.  We don't get alot of back story on Tisha and how she came to be the person that she is, but she's a great character.  She's loving, honest, hard working and open minded.  We get more back story on Jonah and what makes him tick.
Tisha is good for Jonah and through some incidents that take place in the book, we get to see him grow as a person.  Both a kidnapping and rescue take place in this book and it was handled very well.

     The end of the book came too quickly for me because I was enjoying what I was reading.  There is a happy ending and all of the loose issues are dealt with.  Overall, I believe that Ms. Matthews accomplished what she set out to do in her book, she entertained this reader and also made me look at some issues a little deeper. 

My Rating:     4.5 out of 5 Stars

FTC Disclosure:  This book was purchased by the reviewer, there was no financial remuneration.

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