Lawyer Simon Young is smart, confident, and adept at keeping things with women casual—until he meets his best friend Marcus’s sister, Regina. Immediately intrigued by Regina’s beauty, Simon becomes increasingly enthralled and ultimately risks his friendship to have her for himself.
Social justice writer and activist Regina Kent is usually cautious and savvy. Yet, unable to resist her attraction to the handsome Simon, she plunges into a torrid affair, knowing that she chances angering big brother and her less tolerant followers, many of whom will not accept that one of their most popular pro-Black bloggers is dating an Asian man.
As their clandestine romance evolves, Simon and Regina fall deeper in love. Making sure that things stay between them becomes progressively impossible, and neither knows how much longer they can keep Marcus in the dark and the world at bay.
When I was young my mother would check all of my library books and would make sure I had nothing including romance in my piles.
But you know how children are, the more you forbid them something, the more they want it. So of course I found ways to sneak what I wanted. Needless to say, children don’t know boundaries when they sneak. All I read were books (with no real plot) about white couples (with no real problems to overcome) which turned into an annoyance with romance because I was tired of reading about the same stuff. I wanted substance and variety. Where were the Black people, the Native Americans, the Asians, or literally anyone else?? I eventually found my way out of my romance reading slump and my reading knowledge evolved but I still like to make sure I read a healthy variety of romance.
This book right here, My Way To You , is one of the healthiest of healthy varieties. I have to say that it was a breath of fresh air that I enjoyed immensely. Reading about an Asian man and a Black woman? YES PLEASE!
As a black woman, I’m a huge lover of black couples! However, I also love seeing interracial couples who can come together and effectively overcome cultural differences, so thisss was up my alley.
I absolutely loved reading this! It was just the right amount of sensual, sexy, and real. I definitely had moments when I squealed at how cute Simon and Regina were or growled at how annoying someone was being, simply because I was so into them. I just thoroughly enjoyed it!
One of the most important things that stood out to me was the fact that Simon was pretty real from the get go. Even though Regina and Simon don’t have the typical case of insta-love, they do fall in love pretty early in the relationship. The haze of extreme lust isn’t there in a way that feels sleazy. Instead, even through the steamy parts (and yessss child those parts are steamy!), it’s all pretty realistic, sweet, and romantic.
Simon is a pure gentleman and not just because he knows Regina is his best friend’s younger sister. He seems to genuinely appreciate every aspect of the womenfolk in his life. His genuinely caring and compassionate actions makes it hard to see him as the playboy that Marcus keeps trying to sell him as. Like who wouldn’t swoon over a guy who got HIS OWN assistant coffee in the morning, without being asked may I add????
Because Regina is described to be a well-known pro-black blogger, I wasn’t sure how different racial aspects were going to be covered. I have to say that I was pleased. The author did an amazing job at addressing the race and culture conflict but there was nice balance where race was not the only conflict.
I soo soo appreciate that this wasn’t a “I don’t see color” story. The couple embraced the differences that came with their interracial relationship from eating other’s food to not saying stereotypical things like “my Asian persuasion” or “my sexy piece of dark chocolate”. You know, the ugly stereotypical phrases people use when they’re fetishizing another race?
At one point in the story something upsets Regina and she speaks to Simon over the phone, training her voice so that he doesn’t catch her distress. He comes home and I can honestly say this interaction between them has to be one of my favorite parts of this story.
Simon clanked a fork on the counter, tossed his tie next to the computer before turning it on. “So, you wanna tell me what upset you earlier?” He lifted the screen and started tapping on the keyboard.
“Wha-What do ya mean?”
“I mean,” he said clicking until blue light reflected off his shirt and tan skin, “I
know when you’re hiding somethin’ behind that super-proper, extra-sweet tone of
yours, Ms. Kent.”
Maybe it’s because I’m just a sappy romantic but the fact that he pays enough attention that he can tell her mood by her voice, over the phone is beautiful. This is real life stuff for couples but I love reading it so much because authors rarely effectively exhibit such unstated love in their male character’s actions.
I can’t say much more without telling y’all all of the juicy details but just know that this is definitely an enjoyable, romantic read!
While neither Simon nor Regina are muslim, authoress Lyndell Williams is! To find out more about her and her writing, check her out at laylawriteslove.com
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