Author: Inger Iversen
Publication: September 29th 2014
Genre: Adult ~ Contemporary Romance
Review copy provided in exchange for an honest review.
One of the few white kids in a rural Kentucky town, Logan Whyte always kept to his own kind out of self-preservation. He never considered himself racist, but that didn’t stop him from falling in with the wrong crowd that celebrated hate as much as he fought it – or from ending up in prison for eight years on an armed robbery charge.
A successful and educated black woman, Katie Andreassen is tired of being accused of betraying her own race. Her lonely isolation, coupled with her grief over losing her mother, inspire her to create a new pen pal program at Capshaw State Penitentiary, where her father is a warden.
The program brings together the unlikely pair, but Logan and Katie soon find themselves forced to overcome past fears and prejudices. Their friendship doesn’t come easily – threatened by a crooked lawyer with a grudge and a best friend who betrays her promise to help.
When faced with a world that forces them apart, Logan and Katie must show everyone else what they have discovered: that love is, in fact, colorblind.
I’m going to jump right in and saying I really liked Incarcerated. I’ve been very excited about this book every since I saw the gorgeous cover (I swear I’m obsessed with it). So I’m really glad it didn’t disappoint me at all. It’s not a genre I’ve read before from Inger Iversen but she did a damn good job at it!
I loved the concept of this book, of two people, Katie and Logan coming closer together, first through letters and then through talking on the phone. What made it so special was that one of these people, Logan, was in prison. So I really liked the chapters that involved the letters and reading them, and the way they got they know each other. And I loved the moment where they first meet. It was sizzling!
Katie was a really great character to read about, in my opnion. She’s a lot like me in many ways, I think, so that made me relate to her quite a bit. Logan was also an interesting character, even with his issues. I loved the dual points of view and Logan’s was my favorite (male pov is almost always a favorite with me). Their relationship was intense and a bit too hurried sometimes but I love them so much as a couple. And oh, the sex scenes were scorching hot. Way to go, Inger! I had to literally fan myself at times. Katie and Logan sure had enough chemistry to light my Kindle on fire!
Of course, there were a whole lot of issues involved mostly for Logan because he has issues with black people, mostly men, due to his violent past with them. Once he finds out that Katie is a black woman, he feels lied to, though he’s willing to work on his issues because of his feelings for her. I must say that some scenes were a little hard for to read like the scene where he finds out she’s black. It was an emotional one and I could really feel how much it had hurt Katie. But it was very well written by the author and I just love her for writing a book like this.
Incarcerated was a beautiful story. It had all the right elements I’m looking for in a great contemporary story — engaging characters, enjoyable writing, steamy romance and an amazing message. You’ll definitely want to read this book. It’s definitely a favorite of mine and I can’t wait to read more books in this genre by Inger Iversen.