By Shewanda Pugh
About the book:
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 received an ebook as part of a book tour with Charisma Media. Crimson Footprints focuses on three main characters, Deena, Takumi and Daichi. I really did not care for Deena for her immaturity, lack of a backbone with her family, and I found her to be mousy, indecisive, and selfish.
Deena meets Takumi by chance and saves his life. Deena convinces her brother not to shoot him. Deena reunites with Takumi at her brother’s funeral. It is then, she finds out she works for his father, Daichi. Daichi is a hard working, strict boss who does not make the time for family or fun. He is all business. His behavior and extreme work ethic keeps him from his wife and sons. He has a strained relationship with his own family.
For some odd reason, Takumi actually falls for Deena and they start dating. She wants to keep their relationship a secret from everyone, including her family and Daichi. Her choice with that is simply selfish and I think Takumi deserves so much better than that lie and life. Of course all secrets come out and it blows up in her selfish face. Her secrets and lies to everyone around her is her doing. Takumi deserves a woman who is honest and trustworthy. Deena is a hypocrite and an idiot.
Overall, I loved the book, however, I preferred the chapters that did not center around Deena, such as near the end of the book when we discover more about Daichi as a father and husband.
Daichi learns to love again. He learns to love and communicate with his family. He realizes his son, Kenji has an eye for the family business.
I did enjoy the interracial relationship factor since my husband and I are in an interracial marriage. I do not view our family with the label, only as a loving family.
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