By J.J. McAvoy
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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?
First off, this was my first-ever audio book, and I was able to cover the first half of the book as I participated in a half-marathon, concluding it over another couple of hour-long listens. That said, the voice actors may also have contributed to my response to the book (I always was drawn to Levi, but it took me awhile to warm up to Thea, and that had everything to do with the voice), and if there were editing errors, etc., I would not have seen them. This aside, as far as I was concerned, Black Rainbow was a genius piece of work: character development and evolution, devising and delivery of plot and subplots, story-telling and eventual resolution. I’ll actually confiscate a line from someone else’s review because it summarizes my impressions perfectly: “Spellbinding story-telling! Intriguing, complex and genius plot!”
Black Rainbow wields a cleverly crafted storyline with abundant twists and turns – a couple of which that actually left me open-mouthed with a stupefied look on my face and goosebumps on my arms, myriad interesting and complex characters, a layered hero and heroine, and natural-flowing story-telling weaving intrigue, suspense, intertwining personal histories and secrets, emotionally charged plot and subplots, friction, lust and love, and steamy passion-driven sex.
I liked numerous things about the book: the secondary characters evolved concurrently with the main characters, and their connection to the plot and subplots were logically woven throughout the story; the relationship between Levi and Thea actually developed realistically and naturally, considering the biography and situation(s) surrounding these two characters; Levi and Thea grew as a couple – especially as Thea’s layers were pulled away through storytelling (her sister sharing insight with Levi, for example) – and Levi’s maturity and realization that this time with Thea was something special and worth fighting for; Levi and Thea talked to one another and did normal things that couples do – refreshing!; the dual point of view constructed a solid story with very few missing pieces; and the epilogue/resolution was…well, it was sweet. Levi’s brother-in-law Tristan is a humorous – and wise – addition to the story. Even though there were always a lot of things going on (plot and subplots) concurrently, it was never difficult to stay in the moment and follow along.
The “huh?” part?
It seemed that the confession from Levi’s ex-wife at the hands of Tristan’s questioning came too easily.
Yes, although after reading several online reviews, it appears that the e-book has numerous distracting errors. The audio book is very long, but it proved to be a seamlessly told story that held my attention.
Review originally published on Amazon and Goodreads on May 19, 2016.