Hailed by E. Lynn Harris as a “bold and imaginative” tale that is “sure to keep readers turning the pages,” Sandra Kitt’s interracial love story presents a man and a woman whose fates are changed forever by a random act of violence
Lee Grafton is a divorced cop and the father of a teenage girl. Carol Taggart is a newly single professor. Their lives collide one night when Carol is caught in the crossfire of an undercover drug sting gone south. Shot and seriously wounded, she finds an unexpected friend in Lee . . . unaware that the man she’s falling for could be the shooter.
Twenty years on the street do nothing to prepare Lee for the night that changes his life. Determined to make amends, the special-operations lieutenant finds himself irresistibly drawn to Carol. But Lee soon faces a new threat. With his career and heart on the line, he races to prevent Carol from becoming a victim once again.
Passionate and bold, Close Encounters shatters myths about race, gender, and love.
A late-night dog-walking jaunt lands heroine Carol Taggert in the cross fire of an undercover drug bust in Kitt's (Family Affairs) latest African-American romance novel. It seems the bullet wound Carol sustains is not from a criminal but from Lt. Lee Grafton's gun. The divorced police officer and Carol immediately connect over a shared artistic sensibility, and he plays guardian to her as she recovers. Their attraction, however, faces a major roadblock. The heroine, after all, is an innocent black woman, and, by all appearances, was recently shot by a white cop. Carol is urged by friends and family to sue, but she does not want to become part of a media circus. Her musings over whether to file a lawsuit will strike readers as endless and her eventual decision seems an odd, unsupported choice. Kitt enlivens the tale with a dangerous felon--who was on the scene the night of Carol's injury and fears being framed for the botched incident--stalking Carol with deadly intentions. The interracial aspect of the love affair is handled very well, and the main characters are a good fit. Still, the novel fails to sustain the energy and interest established early on.
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This story is written in a great pace and always reminds me of a good movie. Good characters and plot and really allows you sink in with it. I bought the book ( out the store)over seven years ago and have re-read it many times. She by-passes the stereotypes and cliché BS most wm/bw rom novels fall into.
Beautiful love story
I read this after reading The Color of Love. This story is so thoughtfully written about a kind of love that is no longer a rarity in our present day. It's told with such heartfelt honest and without the baggage of silly stereotypes. I love this story! Two thumbs up!