Suggested readings of the month February ’13: Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever (The Ghetto Girl Romance Quadrilogy)

Hello family, it’s that time of the month again. This month’s suggested readings are:

  1. Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever (The Ghetto Girl Romance Quadrilogy, Volume 1) by L.V. Lewis
  2. Interracial Intimacies: Sex, Marriage, Identity, and Adoption  by Randall Kennedy

Fifty Shades of Jungle FeverFIFTY SHADES OF GREY to the second power meets Keisha and Jada from the Block. If you’ve wondered how an ethnic girl from the hood might’ve handled an arrangement with an experienced white Dominant, this is your book. If you’d like to see the sexiest TWIN DOMS in a contemporary romance series in interracial relationships, this is most definitely your book.

Aspiring recording studio owners, Keisha Beale and Jada Jameson, score a rare meeting with venture capitalist Tristan White, and are thrust into a world beyond their wildest imaginations. Street-wise Keisha is startled to realize she wants this rich white man, despite the certainty that he is out of her league.

Unable to resist Keisha’s sassy, irreverent, and fiercely independent spirit, Tristan knew from day one he wanted her, too–as his first African American submissive. Upper Class Jada of the Springfield Jamesons has traveled in almost the same circles as the White brothers, and has had a secret crush on Nathan White, the point guard for the Chicago Bulls, for quite some time. Both brothers have succumbed to jungle fever, and want a little coffee in their cream.

Lured by Tristan White and his offer of fronting the capital for her business in exchange for kinky sex, Keisha finds herself with no other option. Keisha is also tortured by a demons from her past, and her inability to come to terms with them threatens to undermine the future of her business and her tumultuous, unconventional relationship with Tristan White.

Erotic, amusing, and in places hilarious, the Ghetto Girl Erotica Trilogy is a parody with a unique take on a Fifty Shades-type story that will take you even further into the BDSM world, and promises to make the vanilla original Fifty Shades Blacker. The first two books focus on Keisha and Tristan’s romance, and the final two focus on Jada and Nathan’s.

The following are the Editorial Reviews the book has received:

” This story is obviously an homage to E.L. James’, Fifty Shades of Gray, which I have also read. Both stories are about forbidden love. In this particular case, the taboos are their interracial romance, their class differences, and the intermingling of business with pleasure. Adding to that, Tristan introduces Keisha to the world of BDSM where the words “master” and “slave” take on a whole new meaning when a white man is wielding that kind of control over a black woman in America. This changes the whole dynamic of the story it is based on in a very insightful, humorous, and sensitive way.

I would highly recommend this read. Erotica and kinky sex is a big taboo in the black American community. We are still a very conservative lot, as a whole. With the popularity of erotica aimed towards African-American readers, from authors such as Zane and Eric Jerome Dickey, it seems that bubbling under the surface of our “going to church on Sunday” facades and real fears about the rise of STDs, particularly AIDS/HIV, is a desire to explore every aspect of our sexuality in a safe way. This is the first part of a four-part fantasy that allows the reader to do just that.

I think you’ll enjoy the story, no matter your race/ethnicity or gender. It’s well-written and the characters are very likable. L.V. Lewis is one to watch. There are some stereotypical characters in the story, but I get the impression that the author was trying to get across that we all have preconceived notions about each other that are eliminated once we get to know the individual.” —RegularGal.

“First and foremost, I haven’t been moved to do a customer review in a lot time, so this is saying something. Anyway, I was hunting around amazon looking for something to read. The funny thing is, I’d been looking up reviews to see if others shared my frustration with the Fifty Shades of Grey series. The characters, their chemistry, their…everything, just didn’t do it for me and I couldn’t even finish the last in the trilogy. Let me say, I’ve been tired of the same old same old in the romance genre for a long time.

There just isn’t enough diversity in contemporary romance for me, and it’s annoying. We claim to be progressive yet still our movies and books still largely depict that the only people capable of finding true love is two Caucasian people. That irks me. So, I almost exclusively read interracial romance because it’s near and dear to my heart.

Boy, am I happy I found this book. It fixed everything that was wrong with Fifty Shades. Tristan and Keisha have tons of chemistry. I wasn’t annoyed once by her Triple-G or Fairy Hoochie Mama. They were hilarious and added to the story, not detracted. I’m even curious about his brother and Jada.

If you ask me, this book should be a best seller. Keisha wasn’t some pathetic, unbelievable innocent, whiny character. She had a mouth and a back bone. That’s a heroine I can get on board with. I’m am very much looking forward to the next book. I will be recommending this book to any and everyone I can.”—W. Rhys

“This is the first review I’ve ever written. Ever. This book was so unexpectedly good! I loved it. It was erotic and funny and had a really good storyline. Read it. And review it! I need the next installment!” – LRPS

Interracial intimacies - sex, marriage, identity and adoptionIn Interracial Intimacies, Randall Kennedy hits a nerve at the center of American society: race relations and our most intimate ties to each other. Writing with the same piercing intelligence he brought to his national bestseller Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word, Kennedy here challenges us to examine how prejudices and biases still fuel fears and inform our sexual, marital, and family choices.

Analyzing the tremendous changes in the history of America’s racial dynamics, Kennedy takes us from the injustices of the slave era up to present-day battles over race matching adoption policies, which seek to pair children with adults of the same race. He tackles such subjects as the presence of sex in racial politics, the historic role of legal institutions in policing racial boundaries, and the real and imagined pleasures that have attended interracial intimacy. A bracing, much-needed look at the way we have lived in the past, Interracial Intimacies is also a hopeful book, offering a potent vision of our future as a multiracial democracy.

 The following are the Editorial Reviews the book has received:

“Does a biracial child from Louisiana belong with the black family who wants to adopt her or in the indifferent foster care system that has classified her as white? Kennedy, who created a media storm with Nigger, begins his third book about race with an obscure 1952 legal case that addresses this question, then traces the customs, laws and myths surrounding interracial relationships that came before and after it.

As in Nigger, Kennedy’s controversial examination of the taboo word, much of this book centers on legal actions and court rulings. It is laced with enough anecdotes and pop culture references, however, to make it an accessible, compelling read for anyone. The Harvard law professor even wrote to people who placed what he calls “racially discriminatory” personal ads (SWM seeks SWF, for example), asking them to explain themselves (few did).

For the most part, the book stays focused on black and white relationships, and Kennedy dutifully but unremarkably covers well-known examples such as the slavery era’s Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings and the 20th century’s O.J. Simpson and Nicole Brown Simpson. He is at his best and most instructive tackling issues like racial passing (he devotes an entire chapter to a mid-20th-century interracial couple and their daughter’s Imitation of Life-like attempts to pass for white) and interracial adoption (he deplores race matching as “a destructive practice in all its various guises”).

While Kennedy points out that race relations have made huge strides since the 1952 Louisiana adoption case, he also openly conveys his disappointment at how America remains “a pigmentocracy” influenced by white supremacist notions. The book provides plenty of examples to back up this assertion, but stops short of offering tangible solutions. Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. –This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

“I’m a poor college kid and I spent the last ounce of my money buying this book! Believe me, it has been totally worth it. Interracial Intimacies has been just as enjoyable as last year’s “Nigger”, and I recommend that every person in America, black or white, mixed or “not” read this book.

Whether you are in an interracial relationship or not, this book will shed light on a culture and an acceptable way of life that has now seriously become mainstream. (Those who *are* in an interracial relationship will further appreciate the times we live in).

Those who read this book will learn something new with the turn of every page. It is very well written, comprehensive, and full of facts and interesting experiances in history that all people should know. I look forward to the next great book!”– Kyra W.

“The author pulls the mirror up to our faces and makes us confront our own prejudices today and mourn our prejudices of the past. Of all the things I come away with in this book, I wholeheartedly support the author in his view that race matching in adoption is a destructive practice in all its various guises.

Yes, ‘it ought to be replaced by a system under which children in need of homes may be assigned to the care of foster or adoptive parents as quickly as reasonably possible.’ We have several couples in our neighborhood who have adopted children of other races, and two black children are among them. This is real progress. Gisela Gasper Fitzgerald, author of ADOPTION: An Open, Semi-Open or Closed Practice? 

Let us know what you think of both books after you’ve read them. One is a novel and the other a book that discusses race relationships within marriage, adoption and racial identity, both represent different sides of the interracial relationship topic. You may have read a plethora of books on interracial relationships, but I can guarantee that the novel will spark the fantasy that women dream of, while the other will open your eyes into how race plays into relationships, intimacy, adoption and identity.

It is said that reading stimulates the mind. The more you read, the more you open your mind up to new ways of thinking and thus the more creative you will become. Happy reading as always!

 

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6 thoughts on “Suggested readings of the month February ’13: Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever (The Ghetto Girl Romance Quadrilogy)

  1. Haaa there’s a jungle fever edition of 50 shades of grey? I gotta get this book!!! This is going to be one interesting read.

  2. Well what do you know? 50 shades of grey has taken over the literary world. I too am curious about this book and will be getting a copy. Amazon.com here I come…

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