Bent on finishing
a tough case that resulted in the death of his last partner,
Narcotics Detective Laine Tanizaki is undercover as a burger
flipper in a mall well known for the trafficking of drugs.
Laine doesn’t know what to think about the prickly bookseller
who causes him to lose track of his true purpose in the mall.
Corie Rickman is a woman with a secret past, a past that has
found her again and one that is threatening the life she’s
tried to build since her disastrous divorce. Laine is unsure
why a woman with such breeding and class seems to be
attracting thugs at every turn but his honor won’t allow him
to do anything but keep her as safe as possible, even if it
means blowing the cover he’s worked so hard at. Danger and
cultural differences aren’t enough to keep a pair of unlikely
lovers from exploring an attraction that’s inevitable.
Having been eyeing
Ebony Eyes for over a year I was really excited when
the chance to read and review the story came up. Putting
together what some might consider an unlikely match and making
their attraction believable I couldn’t imagine would be an
easy task. The male lead in the story Laine Tanizaki is an
Asian American male a couple of generations removed from
immigration, who belies the typical stereotypes you hear about
the Asian Man. He’s interesting, large in stature and not at
all wimpy. Laine is however gentle, patient and the epitome of
a strong man. A man who understands physical or verbal
altercations are not always the best way to handle conflict.
The heroine in the
story was someone who took a little bit of getting used to.
She’s suffering from emotional trauma brought on by the hands
of an abusive ex-husband, who happens to also be a drug
dealer. Corie’s a contradiction of personalities, rich, well
bred yet at times comes across as an immature and spineless
brat. Kei Swanson was very slow and tender in her build up of
the relationship. This is not a story for people who need
instant gratification and an immediate love affair. For lack
of a better term Ebony Eyes is a “Sweet” romance, with
an urban backdrop of danger and intrigue. I enjoyed the story
and outside of the heroine’s personality being a little less
than appealing I think readers will enjoy the blending of this