Crimson Footprints by Shewanda Pugh

Title: Crimson Footprings
Author: Shewanda Pugh
Genre: Romance
Publisher: CreateSpace
Publication Date: December 1, 2011

     When an insecure, bi-racial woman begins a cloak-and-dagger love affair with a Japanese American man, she is intent on keeping her bigoted family in the dark—albeit with devastating consequences. 

     On the night of her brother’s murder, Deena Hammond stumbles upon Takumi Tanaka, lost and on the wrong end of a .32. After rescuing him from the certain fate driving through the hood in a Ferrari will bring, a sweet kind of friendship begins. A balm for her grief. 

     Maybe, Deena likes to think, it happened the day her white mother killed her black father. Or maybe, it was always a part of them, like DNA gone bad. Whatever the case, Deena knows that her family would never approve, hell, never acknowledge her fast-growing love for Takumi. And had he never made love to her that way, in that unraveling, soul-searching sort of way she could’ve done the same. But love’s a devil that way. 

     So, their game begins. One where they hide what they are from everyone. From anyone. And Tak understands this—for now. After all, Deena’s career hinges on the favor of her mentor and boss, his hard-ass of a father. And the Hammond family is already stretched thin with grief. Yet, each step Deena takes toward family and career brings her closer to an acceptance she’s never had. And away from him.

I generously received this book for the Read it and Reap review program.

Deena has two different lives: One in a prestigious architecture firm with fancy suits, and the other with her family in a gang-ridden neighborhood infamous for its crime rates. She begins a relationship with a Japanese man, of which neither family approves. This forbidden affair fuels her confidence to finally stand up to her family for what she believes in.

Crimson Footprints was a rather interesting read. While the story started off a bit slow for me, which in turn earned it's four out of five stars from me, I quickly was unable to stop reading the story. There were a few character that irked me, such as Lizzie and Grandma Emma. At times, I could feel Deena's own pain, annoyance,and anger at her own family whom can never seem to accept and love her, due to her being half white. 

While the book certainly had down moments, I was full enraptured with this novel, and the struggle the main characters were going through. I definitely recommend this book to those who enjoy a decent, fast read.

Rating: Four out of Five stars

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