Ebony Rivers is a happy, carefree college student months away from graduating until she meets Maxhew Kournikovas and her life is turned upside down. Maxhew’s family is part of a mob and while Ebony initially believes he wasn’t directly involved, his actions over time have proven he is as ruthless as his father. Tony Suarez is a cop with a score to settle. His last case ended in disaster. Working undercover to bring down Maxhew and his father will redeem his name on the force. He’s accepted into the family and immediately shown several practices enough to realize that Maxhew’s girlfriend, Ebony, is in way over her head. Ebony has never had such a strong reaction to a man before. While cheating on Maxhew could result in her disappearing without a trace, she can’t stem her feelings for Tony. Their affair is soon discovered, as well as Tony’s true identity. Both are captured and tortured to within an inch of their lives. If Tony’s task-force team manages to rescue them and save them from dying, Tony and Ebony will both need to start a new life.
After the Kiss by Violet Williams is a contemporary, interracial romance, featuring a gripping and suspenseful plot. The characters are interesting and multifaceted. Ebony is described as a young and beautiful black woman who gets involved with a white man from a crime family. Maxhew may be in school but seems very out of place there. Ebony begins a relationship that at first seems flattering, but soon turns deadly. She has no way out and is stuck until Tony comes along. Tony is playing a dangerous game trying to infiltrate such a huge organization and while he believes he successfully integrated, it isn’t long before his true identity is discovered. Tense and painful moments follow but all this makes for some fierce page turning as I couldn’t read fast enough to see whether they were going to get out of this dangerous situation. The plot is intricate and the descriptions of events told in a manner that brought them to life. The ending is bitter sweet but realistic. The good guys win in the end, which makes for a satisfying conclusion.