The Color of Friendship by K. R. Raye

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The Color of Friendship by K. R. Raye
Publisher: J-pad Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (299 pgs)
Heat level: Spicy
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Ginger

Jealousy. Sex. Abuse. True friendship endures all obstacles…right?

Naïve, romantic Melody Wilkins aims to find true love at college just like her parents. But will she sacrifice her soul to obtain it?

No-nonsense Imani Jordan strives for good grades and a chemical engineering degree. When a friendship offers more, will she follow her head or her heart?

Lance Dunn is only serious about two things: football and protecting his girls, Melody and Imani. When a threat enters their lives and tests their friendship, can he stop it before it kills them?

After the torrents subside, will their friendship survive?

A cold night at a upstate university in New York we meet Melody Wilkins, a hopeless romanticize who accidentally bumps into this cute Paul Newman look-a-like named Kevin.

Next is tough girl Imani Jordan who has a sixth sense and is serious about her education.

Finally, is 6’2″ famed campus football player Lance Dunn, who is no stranger to the ladies on campus.

Since they met at freshman orientation the three have formed a lasting bond of friendship. I found it strange the author didn’t give much of a back story to show the details of how they met and even why they met and became so close. Even a glimpse to what attracted them to each other and brought them together is something I wondered through out the book; hoping the author would touch on it, but it never came. However we do see that the bond the three has built is obviously very strong.

With the title being The Color of Friendship I was expecting a vivid description of the characters, however again the author didn’t give much details. Melody was described as having thick blond curls and being of mixed race. A description of Imani and Lance was lacking.

Melody was naive and seemed to have had a sheltered upbringing. Kevin was very manipulative, possessive and turns out to be abusive. Imani worked my nerves because it seemed she didn’t have a life, she just coached and judged everyone else life. Lance was so shallow and didn’t respect himself or females. He seemed to have the idea that he is on earth to concur every female he met.   I can say he was very adamant about having protected sex. The tickling and raspberries I found weird for a bunch of supposedly mature college kids.

At first the story was pretty slow.  They only talked about who liked who, where everyone was working during the school breaks or going to some type of campus party or event.  Readers need to keep in mind that, due to the setting and age of the characters, profanity and sex are commonplace in this story.  Many times I thought about putting it down, thinking it would be a better read for someone closer to college age because nothing exciting was happening.  I didn’t give up, though, and had hopes that something was going to happen and the author did not let me down.

The story picked up tremendously in the middle. The author described a detailed scene of a football play by play in great detail. There was a love scene where her word usage was impressive. The message about abuse was real and relatable. Even though the story could have been shorter and less drawn out I have to say after I finished I was impressed — it ended up being a pretty good read!

This is a book I would recommend reading to those who like a story that builds up to the interesting fast pace part. There is a sequel, and with the way this book ended I will be reading the second installment.

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