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Color and Taste

Publisher: Independently Published
Year of Publication: 2020
Book type: Novel
Age: Adult
Genre: Contemporary
Sub Genre: Contemporary · Dark Comedy · Humour · LGBT
Language: English
Key Phrases: comedy · dark comedy · diversity fiction · friendship · funny · geopolitics · Humor · interracial relationships
Spice Level:
3/5

The spice rating is in regards to the type of sexual content within the book. Below is a helpful guide (courtesy of Georgia C Leigh)

1= YA romantic, making out, MAYBE a closed door.
2= some on page foreplay and nudity but mostly fade to black.
3= open door, on page vanilla sex.
4= on page sex – hot or with kink.
5= erotica.

“What I tought about this book was how current it is to today’s America. Ray Lester sort of covers it all. Black Lives matter, gay life , crossovers, very interesting, lesbians, and gay guys, also a political twist that is so good with the mix of Russian interference in today’s America. The whole book was constantly being everywhere in our today culture. The story flows. It seems he knows things about modern culture that I had no idea about, Bravo.”
– John, Amazon review
A very odd couple—gay white artist and a straight black women’s basketball coach—Nicky and Lajoya are roommates and best friends since childhood. Although their skin color has never been a problem between them, the rest of the world is more than willing to create trouble.

A very odd couple—gay White artist and a straight Black women’s basketball coach—Nicky and Lajoya are roommates and best friends since childhood. Although their skin color has never been a problem between them, the rest of the world is more than willing to create trouble.

Lajoya’s act of kindness enables her to meet Roger Reeson, a successful gallery owner and a man of important contacts who knows how to exploit the boom town wealth in Seattle. Roger finds Nicky to be a fascinating persona and decides to take him on as his protégé.

As Roger introduces Nicky to the world of art and art collectors, Lajoya encounters trouble with her coaching hierarchy. Through some shrewd maneuvering, she launches a new career as a personal trainer for women whose husbands make too much money.

As the grandson of a Soviet refugee from WWII, Nicky is deeply ashamed of his Russian roots. He is forced to confront his interior conflict when Svetlana, the mysterious young wife of an aging tech bro, arrives straight from Moscow and inserts herself into his life.

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