Imagine eating cardboard covered in your favorite sauce. Well that's how I felt after having read Caught up in the Rapture. It held all the ingredients for a great story; but, just wasn't entertaining enough. However, if you're a fan of At Last, you'll probably enjoy this book, for the author did focus quite a bit on the two main characters from that story. In fact, I think I had more interest in their story than I did that of Tracy and Jack, the two featured players in Caught up in the Rapture.
Tracy and Jack meet in Paris, where they develop a relationship that is not only short and sweet, but intimate as well. It all started when Jack came to her rescue in a restaurant. You see, Tracy was having communication problems with the owner. Jack was immediately fascinated by her and more than happy to translate for this woman who seemed capable of speaking every other language except French. During the rest of her stay in France, Tracy and Jack decided to spend one night of pleasure together. This turned out to be no big thing for Tracy because she knew once she left Paris, there was no chance of her ever having to see him again, right? Wrong, for after returning home to the states, they both discover they share mutual friends. In addition, the French guy Tracy thought she had slept with turned out not to be French, but American.
So their unforgettable meeting in Paris would be just that because Jack will always be there in some form or another as a reminder. My normal reaction to this type of news would be "How wonderful! These two people obviously felt something for one another while together", but it's not that easy for Tracey. You see, Tracy, a black woman, has vowed to only hook up with a dark complexioned black man, which Jack, a white man, is not.
I found that part of the story to be the most fascinating for it tackles the caste system that still exists among some African Americans to this day. Although I looked forward to seeing how the author would handle this issue, she really didn't focus enough on it. Tracy came from a long line of self-hating individuals who looked down on anyone darker than themselves. That's why Tracy was determined to go against her parents' wishes. You'd think they'd be happy to see her involved with someone white. What better way to keep that certain color going within the family. However we learn that they also forbade her from getting involved with anyone white. This just goes to show how confused we as people really are.
Added to the mix is Jack's father who turns out to be a closet racist, another problem I wish the author would have written more about. We don't even get to see his reaction to the news. Also in the story are Ida and the dastardly Brickman from At Last, who Jack is determined to bring to justice for his committed crimes of the past and present. Sounds like the perfect plot, but for some reason the story went flat.
I don't know. Maybe they had sex too quickly; perhaps there was too much erotica; or the author should have focused more on those issues of Tracey's and Jack's parents(excluding his mother, who turned out to be a wonderful person). Something about the story just did not grab this reader.
Still, I look forward to Riley's next venture. And I do plan to read the book a second time for maybe this reader missed something the first time.