She knows the behavioral science behind any problem… except for the one in her heart
For thirty-two years, Laney Travers has handled a lot of problems, but a relationship with a white man wasn’t one. Her love affair with gorgeous Tie Stevens seemed destined, however. She fell in love with his voice over the radio waves nearly three years ago. When Laney finally crosses paths with Tie at his talk and book signing, sparks fly between the two, and like two moths to flickering lights, they find themselves inseparable in bed and out of it.
But are they?
As a psychology professor, Laney can’t help but evaluate her interracial relationship through a socio-political lens, a cause of potential strife. Tie disagrees but secretly worries about maintaining his relationship with Laney because of his self-made status. When it comes to diplomas, he doesn’t stack up.
And Laney has a shameful secret that is enough to keep her from admitting her emotions. Is their chemistry one for the books or just a theory?
Title: Degrees in Love
Author: Tavi Wayne
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: February 6, 2020
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4 stars
Degrees in Love captured me from the start, and yes, I completely “get” falling in love with a voice over the radio for I’ve been there, done that years ago. But I never got the chance to actually meet that voice that captivated me – Laney finally meets the man behind the sinfully delicious voice that she’s been loving for the last three years and what follows will tilt both of their worlds.
There is a lot going on in Degrees in Love but it didn’t take away from the base story of two people who are both insecure in many ways, traveling the path of an interracial relationship and professionally different pathways as well. They each made mistakes, assumptions that they both should have known better about, yet at the core was a strong attraction that could grow into something that could last forever – if they got out of their own way and really talked about the important things.
The truth is that we all have insecurities about different aspects of our lives, things we’d much rather keep in the past, not because those things were horrible but because of how others react to knowledge without understanding the “whys” of it. I liked Tie and Laney. Their journey isn’t easy but love is very real and worth fighting for. Degrees in Love touches on many subjects that we all should be paying more attention to in a way that makes those insecurities more human, much more realistic. The truth is love is love no matter color, race, education, gender, whatever “those” people want to toss in the way of it – love is the core and with that anything is possible. I enjoyed my time with Laney and Tie – and I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for Ms. Wayne’s next book.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher, Tule Publishing. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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