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Caught Up in the Rapture

Caught Up in the Rapture [Kindle Edition]

Lisa G. Riley
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Tracy, the loyal best friend from At Last, has had a passionate one-night stand in Paris with a Frenchman named Jacques. Mortified by her behavior, she flies home to Chicago. American by blood, Jacques is a federal agent and only in Paris to track down an American fugitive, but finds himself irresistibly drawn to Tracy. Tracy, dealing with personal issues of race from her past, is reluctant to become involved with a white man. Jacques must not only pursue the beautiful Tracy, but must also struggle to discover the whereabouts of Alexander Brickman, the criminal mastermind from At Last.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 390 KB
  • Print Length: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Indigo Love Spectrum (5 May 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005XBLU50
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #447,531 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I've loved reading almost my entire life, and as a kid would always imagine what I would have done differently to improve upon a book. My work has been called "character and issue driven; exciting, passionate and thought provoking." I write in several genres including romantic suspense, erotica, historical and paranormal and have enjoyed every bit of it. I call Chicago home, but love to travel. Most times you can find me with my laptop trying to improve upon genius -- *blush*

My latest book, "Dashing Through the Snow," is a romantic caper involving two private detectives, a missing millionaire and a rare diamond. It's also my first foray into self-publishing, a trip I found challenging, but rewarding.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars mesmerising... brilliant..superb 13 Mar 2006
By A Customer
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this is brilliant novel, for those who have read At Last, this tells the story of Caroline's friend Tracey and her relationship with Jacques. The plot with the sinister Brickman is brilliant and kept me on the edge at all times.
The characters are wonderful, especially Tracy,who is strong willed and spunky, the love scenes between her and Jacques are mesmerizing and steamy.
If you haven't read it , please do. This book is a must have..
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By jazzy pom VINE VOICE
This might have been the first IR I've read. But I can't remember. It's one of those romance/suspense books, but the suspense is thin on the ground and the romance tends to be undercut by some dodgy attempts at suspense.

Anyway, this book is second in a series. There's a shadowy villain called Brickman, but he's just as effective as Voldemort in the summer (you know, in the Harry Potter books, Voldemort is all badass during Harry's school term, then come summer, he's nothing? Anyway...).

Jacques meets Tracey at a French restaurant in um... France. There's a problem though, Tracey can't speak French, so she can't order anything to eat. The French waiter keeps giving her the hairy eye (I've been to France, that's what they do) because she won't order, but Tracey can't order because she doesn't speak French, and obviously staying in her hotel room and ordering room service is just too easy for her, because she wants to practise her French. Jacques is charmed by her willingness to go hungry just to speak French, and he orders food for her in French and the relationship develops from there.

I do remember liking this book in the sense that it was refreshing to see AA's in fiction form being three dimensional and unstereotypical - just some upper middle class black people that I'm sure I've met in my travels just living and being. If the book had just been an exploration of these two people just doing their thing, it would have been enough, you know? The writer might have put in some additional tension (apart from racial, not unless you're going to try and add something new, like a white anti-racist trying to stop the black votes from being gerrymandered and yeah...that might be my plot *snerk*) the book would have worked as is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Skill and Imagination can't be Beat. 15 Dec 2004
By Mel - Published on
"Caught Up in the Rapture" is one of my favorite books and I've only just finished reading it! It took me less than 10 hours, that's just how enthralled I was by the book. Ms. Riley has done it again. After reading her first book, "At Last," I was clamoring for this second one to come out. It was certainly worth the wait.

Tracy and Jacques (Jack) appeared in the first book and though they hardly appeared in the pages, their presence was certainly felt. Tracy is a fair-skinned African-American woman, who thanks to her upbringing (bitchy, color-conscious, self-absorbed doctor mommy and indifferent-to-the-point-of-neglect doctor daddy)is confused about her place in the world. She's been told all of her life that her fair skin is a privilege and a badge of honor and that to keep the family's honor, she needs to meet and socialize with light-skinned African Americans and eventually she must marry a light-skinned man.

Tracy rebels and only dates dark-skinned African American men, believing that they are all she's attracted to. She is determined that she will marry one as well, because she doesn't want to produce any fair-skinned babies who will be as confused and warped as she.

Along comes Jack, a fine-as-all-get-out French American WHITE man who, shall we say, forces Tracy to reevaluate her convictions about attraction? They meet in Paris, where she's on vacation and he's on business. After three, lovely platonic days together, the relationship just sort of explodes. Tracy flies home to Chicago, glad that she'll never see him again. What she doesn't know is that he is American and lives in, you guessed it, Chicago.

Jack is a ladies' man to his very core and is quite surprised and upset that he can't get Tracy out of his head, even long after she's left. A chance encounter in Chicago (done very nicely, I might add)start the sparks again and the chase is on!

In the meantime, Caroline and Brian from the first book are back and I was glad to hear from them again. Brickman, the bad guy from the first book is also back and he's as evil and determined as ever. Ms. Riley's skill allows her to re-introduce these characters without them taking over Jack's and Tracy's story. These two shine on their very own.

The characters are greatly developed and their emotions become our emotions. The confusion, anger, happiness, sadness, passion, humor---all of it fairly leap off the pages. I am thrilled that Ms. Riley is a writer and even more thrilled that I discovered her. I'm guessing from the way this book ended -- and I hope I'm right -- that we will hear more from Ms. Riley.
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This Reader Was Not caught Up 30 Jan 2005
By beebee0120 - Published on
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.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Off the hook 20 Dec 2004
By mp541 - Published on
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This book has surpassed its predecessor, At Last. While I enjoyed Caroline and Brian's romance, this one with Jack and Tracy is five times hotter. Caroline was a doe-eyed virgin when she fell in love with Brian, I like the fact that Tracy's character is already sexually knowing and confident. Her and Jack have such incredible sexual chemistry that you find yourself needing a cool drink after reading the numerous passionate scenes between them.

The storyline hooks you right from the beginning: a steamy Paris fling, Jack's hunt for Brickman-the criminal genius, who is obsessed with possessing Caroline, and the most important, Jack and Tracy getting to know each other out of bed and falling in love. These characters dealt with a plethora of issues from post 9/11 politics, the color complex within the black community, and racism. Riley put these conflicts in without these issues weighing down the storyline, a talent that other authors of i/r have yet to master.

This book was well worth the wait. You will not be disappointed in investing money in this one.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars you go girl! 20 Jan 2005
By I read everything... - Published on
First let me say that I almost got tired of waiting for this to come out. But it was worth the wait! I am totally impressed with Miss Riley as an author! The love scenes in this book are even hotter than those in her first book. I have to disagree with those reviewers who didn't like this story-- it may not be an original storyline but Miss Riley certainly put her own twist on it. Tracy and Jack are wonderful characters and Miss Riley has once again shown some insight into the dynamics of interracial dating. The thrill I got from the storyline of Tracy and Brian in AT LAST is most definitely repeated here. I like it-- I love it! and I say that no matter what the naysayers write... YOU GO GIRL! (also I cannot see anyone reading a book they didn't like no matter how much they paid for it-- couldn't you just take it back and get a refund or a credit or something?) I am waiting for the next book, Miss Riley. Keep them coming.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Self-fulfilling Title 7 April 2005
By Paris Anne - Published on
What a great book. The title is certainly self-fulfilling. I was so "caught up," that I didn't put the book down until I was finished. It took me all of three hours!

This author's talent blows me away. I thought her first book was awesome, but this one was even better. I love the lead female character, Tracy, and all of her issues because Ms. Riley just explains things so well and when we get to know her, we realize that all of Tracy's hang-ups about love and commitment make complete sense. The character development was very strong in this book.

Let's not forget Jacques, the fine-on-the-verge-of-beautiful male character who just exudes sexiness, power and manliness! These two characters jump off the page at the reader. But like another reviewer on this page, I was afraid that I liked Caroline's and Brian's story too much to accept these two characters, but I was wrong. Caroline and Brian have just enough space in the book to keep fans satisfied.

The storyline follows Tracy and Jacques through Paris where they meet and have a one night stand. She's so "caught up" that she scares herself and runs back to the States as soon as she possibly can. She's a light-skinned black woman with color issues who never even considered dating a white man, which Jack happens to be.

Jack is a ladies' man who is just knocked off his feet by Tracy and this scares him, but he really wants things to progress. They have a chance meeting in Chicago and things take off from there. This is more than a romance, however. The author incorporates political discussion, in-depth conversations about prejudice within the black race and without and there's also an element of danger in the form of Alexander Brickman, whom we met in the first book, At Last---featuring Caroline and Brian.

I don't know what people are complaining about because this book has it all: romance, suspense,humor, an intelligent story line and the author can write her butt off! But hey, to each her own, right? So I say ignore the negative reviews (because most of the reviewers seem to want to tell the author what to write)and order this book as soon as possible!
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