Simone and Keithen are almost instantly attracted to each other, but they are afraid to get too close. Keithen has had plenty of women, but mainly as part of the social life that goes with being a successful businessman. He has a life and business he will have to return to in San Francisco. Simone is nervous about Keithen's wealth and her lack of romantic experience. Underlying all these issues are the facts Simone is black and Keithen is white, and whether their respective families will be able to accept a long-term relationship between the two.
Simone is a woman who is strong and competent, but has put love and passion on the back burner while she pursues other dreams. With the last name of Knight, Keithen is the perfect alpha hero. He is able to come to grips with the things that have held him back emotionally. The author does a good job in developing secondary characters, especially Keithen's brother who has to deal with prejudices on several levels. The love of family places as strong a role as romantic love in the storyline.
This is my first book by Ms. Carmichael and I was captivated by the way she wove the love story of a mixed race couple into real life events. The love scenes were steamy and the emotional pull of the plot was totally satisfying. This book is bound to resonate with contemporary romance readers.