contemporary · romance

Luster – Raven Leilani ★★★★

Blurb; Edie is just trying to survive. She’s messing up in her dead-end admin job in her all-white office, is sleeping with all the wrong men, and has failed at the only thing that meant anything to her, painting. No one seems to care that she doesn’t really know what she’s doing with her life beyond looking for her next hook-up. And then she meets Eric, a white, middle-aged archivist with a suburban family, including a wife who has sort-of-agreed to an open marriage and an adopted black daughter who doesn’t have a single person in her life who can show her how to do her hair. As if navigating the constantly shifting landscape of sexual and racial politics as a young black woman wasn’t already hard enough, with nowhere else left to go, Edie finds herself falling head-first into Eric’s home and family.

My Review; This was a different read for me personally but one I still enjoyed. It focused on Edie but she isn’t living the perfect life by any means. She is off the track and lost herself. She’s sleeping around, lost her job and drinking. She soon finds herself in one of her lovers homes with his wife and things might be starting to turn around for her?

A brilliant debut. I feel a lot of younger people could relate to her character at some point. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me. I devoured this.

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