Title: Black Rainbow by J.J. McAvoy
Publication Date: May 15, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
A sweet and steamy New Adult Romance from Amazon bestselling author of the Ruthless People series, J.J. McAvoy…
After an erotic one-week fling with a musician she meets in a bar, Thea Cunning never expects to see Levi Black again. Then Monday morning comes around, and she discovers that her former lover is not only her professor, but he’s also one of the top criminal lawyers in the state of Massachusetts.
With everyone in class vying to be one of the twelve disciples—a group of twelve students that Professor Black takes under his wing—tensions run high. Thea considers dropping his class, given their passionate week together and their undeniable chemistry. After all, there are other (less infuriatingly sexy) law professors on campus.
But to accomplish her goal and get her father out of prison, Thea knows she needs to learn under the best of the best—and that’s Levi Black.
But can she learn under the best, without being under the best?
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
11th of May 2015. Review now posted!
4.5 highly addictive STARS
“One week. Sex, food, us, and then we get back to reality.”
She went quiet for a moment, and then grinned widely. “That's dangerous Levi. I'm going to ruin all other women for you.”
You guys should see me right now. My grinning face would give Cheshire Cat a run for its money. I adored this book. I guess it was one of those right book at the right time scenarios. I didn't even know I was in need for a New Adult student-teacher romance, but there you have it.
Black Rainbow is fun and sexy standalone read, with lots of steam and an engaging story line. Perfect chick-flick to escape reality for a little while.
So firstly, most of you know I'm a J.J. McAvoy fan. It is really hard for her to disappoint me and she hasn't failed me yet. Warning...all kinds of happy dances ahead.
Secondly, this is my very first student-teacher trope book. It's a completely new concept for me and therefore I really can't make any comparisons. Some of you might think it's overdone and old news, but for this chick everything is new and shiny. Deal with it.
Perfect. Now that we have this out of the way...let's start the lovefest, shall we?
“Six pack abs, plays the guitar, listens to records, and is a book nerd... better watch out or I might just start to like you.”
A little cliché:
Girl meets guitar playing guy in a bar and goes home with him. Because why not, life is shitty and today was especially bleak.
Boy and Girl have a splendid time together and decide to make a week out of it. Not strings attached. Back to reality after 7 days.
Boy thinks about calling the Girl again after the time is up, but his best laid plans get shattered into oblivion when the Girl sits in his law class Monday morning. Turns out the Boy happens to be a teacher and yes, the Girl is his student.
“To students, he was El Diablo, but in Law circles, he was called The Cleaner.”
What's a girl to do? Dump the class and take another course? No, not Thea Cunning. She has other plans and she needs Levi Black to teach her how to be the best lawyer she can be.
I loved both characters equally as much.
Levi is simply amazing. He is sweet and caring and the next minute he puts on his lawyer hat and he is ruthless and cut-throat to an extreme. He has never lost a case, but his personal life suffered dearly in the meantime.
Thea is such a strong and determined character. Highly intelligent, with a quick wit and a neck for improvisation. She is for all intents and purposes Levi's match both in and out of the court room.
Of course Thea has a past and things get interesting along the line when we delve more into her family and then there is the slight problem that Mr. Black is her teacher.
What could possibly go wrong?
“I think I'm becoming addicted to you.”
I laughed, “That's good, because I feel the same way. Let's indulge.”
Something a lot of people didn't like was the structure. For the first 50% we get a past-present mix. I actually really appreciated it. I loved seeing their relationship develop within the first week together as well as the stark contrast to their student-teacher dynamic at the same time. It also gives a really interesting look into Levi and how his personal life and his work life created two very different people.
So no, you won't get any complaints here.
The thing that bothered me a little bit was the fact that her mother clearly had money, given her occupation. Why is Thea portrayed as a poor student who barely survives on her scholarship?
And the way their 'forbidden' relationship was handled within the school was highly unbelievable. I expected something else.[Some sort of backlash would have been appreciated. They got away with it a little too easy, imho. ] (<-highlight to view spoiler)
Forbidden love, insanely hot couple and extremely likeable characters. I was in love from the first page. Black Rainbow was one of those 'I can't put this down' reads.
Can't lie. This is just my kind of book from start to finish. Not sure if everyone will like it. Apparently there are a few plot holes in the law stuff...but I'm European and I know next to nothing about he American judicial system. As a result I had a hell of a time reading Black Rainbow and I even had a minor case of book hangover afterwards.
What I took away from reading Black Rainbow:
1. Read more lawyer romance books.
2. Read more student-teacher romance books.
3. Auto-buy J.J. McAvoy books.
4. Why aren't there more interracial couples on my book shelf? o.O Seriously. I need this to be a thing!
**ARC kindly provided by the publisher via Net-Galley in exchange for an honest review.
About J.J. McAvoy
J. J. McAvoy first started working on Ruthless People during a Morality and Ethics lecture her freshman year of college. X number of years later, she is an insomniac who has changed her major three times, and is a master in the art of procrastination. If you ask her why she began writing, she will simply tell you “They wanted to get their story out.”
She is currently working on her next novel . . . so please bug her on Twitter @JJMcAvoy