#BookReview: Incarcerated by Inger Iversen

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Format: eBook (Kindle)
Personal Copy
Author: Inger Iversen
Published: September 29, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Heat: Strong Sexual Content
Available: BN | Amazon | Indiebound

My Review

I gave this story 4 brazen babe (more of a 3.5) because of the writing. It pretty much was clean and simple, you got a lot of the characters from the writing alone and although I did have some issues with some of thesecharacters, Ms. Iversson’s writing was able to draw me in and keep me reading this story…it was an engrossing one.

Now, before I start…I would just like to say that I know I previously said that I don’t think race should revolve around a romance BUT I do have my exceptions and this story had one of those exceptions. Race did revolve around this couples romance, it was part of the story plot. How they made it work was in experience in reading I will tell you that.

The gist – lonely female (Katie Andreassen) starts writing inmate (Logan Whyte) through a prison letter writing program, one she is not suppose to be in because her step-father is warden. Let me just say add here that Katie’s step-father is white. Her friend, Teal however gets her through. What starts off as these two just suppose to be writing each other as a cure for loneliness becomes something more than what they both expected. Within the course of the letter writing both Katie and Logan get to know each other and eventually fall in love. The hurdle is one Katie dealing with the fact that her father and best friend Teal won’t be too pleased with her decision to have a relationship with a prisoner. Logan has to deal with the fact that once he discovers that Katie is black…how is he going to make this relationship work being that he “has always stuck with his kind”? authors words, not mine. How is he going to deal with his friends that won’t accept a black woman in his life? How was he going to deal with her black friends?

Questions, questions, questions. Oh boy, how do I explain my feels for this one? Well, let’s go like this:

Katie: I thought she was a weak/strong character. I put weak first because, it’s stated that she this educated successful woman and she is. But how do you not stand up for yourself? She pretty much let her father and best friend run her dang on life. And she always got mad about this fact, but didn’t speak up. I will say her dad was right, you can’t expect someone to treat you like an adult when you don’t act like one at times. Katie was a person that kept to herself, her only friend was Teal and her father. Because of her childhood, she had always felt like an outsider so this led to her life of basically being a hermit. She never really went out unless it was lunch with her father or Teal forced her out.

Logan: he’s described as a racist, but not really. He didn’t care for black men in particular because he was basically beat up on as a kid so in order to survive and with him becoming friends with a racist; he had this rule to be around his own people. I get it…I really do. That is a real life thing, but what I didn’t like is how the author IMO sort of skimmed over him being a racist. He didn’t like black men, okay…but he would never say the N word, he would never outright call them animals although he thought this. Like dude literally got his ass kicked while he was in jail by a kkk group, but that was okay because they were white, like I didn’t get that. I was just waiting for a situation to break off because Katie did have black male friends…situations got tense, but didn’t go there…know what I mean? I mean if you’re going to go there with a character, go there. Don’t get half way up the latter and then just stop.

In general, Katie overlooked a lot of things that Logan said when they were talking on the phone (yes, it moved to this point). He would say little things and she just let it go until it got to the point where she had to admit to him that she was black but by then they were already in love with each other. She never thought it would ever be a issue for her, I mean she never even thought this once she found out that he was white…but I’m like chickie…you’re talking to someone in jail. I watch prison reality shows and prison is pretty much segregated. I just thought she was just a little too damn gullible at times. And Logan, I’m like dude what if her step-dad wasn’t white. What if her father was still alive? Or if she had siblings, mainly a brother? How in the world was he going to deal with all of that? Like in the beginning, I didn’t think he wanted to change much, it was like I get that you’re black and I love and accept you but I can’t accept being around any other black people. And I’m like da fuck? Dude…really?

There were some redemption of his character at the end…I liked out he went out of his way to get her and her friend Teal back on speaking terms and how it was mentioned that he eventually wanted to get help with his issues of dealing with other races. I don’t’ want to say too much because I don’t want to be a spoiler but these were my main issues. The side characters? I liked her step-father, her friend Teal…I could have done without. I’m all for strong female relationships, but Teal was a bit too much. Logan’s friend Trent...eh. He’s getting his own book, not sure if I’ll read it though.

I applaud the author for writing such a story and doing such a good writing job with it. She touched upon a touchy subject that is usually avoided for a maraud of reasons. But, she took the plunge so; I gotta give her credit for that.

I think I need a happy read after this one though…goodness. Don’t think I wanted to slap the crap out of so many characters in one reading. Pretty much everyone in this book I wanted to give the five finger discount. Ya’ll follow us of facebook? Did ya’ll see my updates? Goodness! below is just one of them.

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  1. Great review, Sharonda! I can imagine how difficult it must be for you two write this review and keeping things in perspective.

    I agree, it should NOT revolve around someone's race. I'm interested about the prison wife angle though, I don't get why women would want a convict for a partner. Not judging but I guess I want to gain perspective and see how they get to that decision.

    This book is provoking, that's for sure. The author is on a slippery slope here, I wonder what the other reviewers are saying.

  2. the show Prison Wives on the OWN network. Been hooked on it since I started watching it. Gives you really good perspectives on these women.

  3. thanks Braine! it took me days to think about this review.

    I myself don't understand it either. I was just watching a show where it focuses on the whole prison wife thing and I just don't understand the appeal. Especially the ones that are doing life with their mate? nah, I'll pass. I'm all for forgiving people and giving them second chances, but I can't do a bid with you, lols.

    I'm glad she touched upon such a sensitive issue you know? It's a books that definitely makes you think about love, race, jail...all that. She did a pretty good job. The book got some pretty good reviews some folks are raving about it, some feel like I do, some didn't like it...for a multiple of reasons. She took a gamble and although I had my issues, I think it was a pretty good one.

    His friend Trent's book will be another IR read...he's not a prisoner though but he his the one that pretty much convinced Logan to be the way he is.

  4. LOL I've been waiting for this review. Sharonda, you are hilarious. "I watch prison reality shows..."

    You brought up a lot of issues I had with the story as well. Inger did a great job with attempting to tackle it compared to another story I've read that tried to "go there."

  5. lols! you saw my fb updates ;D

    maybe I should stop watching all those shows, but they're so addicting, lmbo!

    most don't get it right, she missed some points BUT she did do a good job, hell...she kept me reading so... :)

  6. Hey There Sharonda! This book sounds interesting because it mimics real life, and while she brought up the race card, it sounds like the author's main focus appeared to be about a woman involved with a man who was incarcerated, and how it would play out, and maybe that's why she wasn't consistent with the issue of race. Braine makes an excellent point about how society feels about prison wives overall. You did an awesome job of describing the main characters and your review makes me want to check it out to see how it all ends. I end up crying like a baby when I watch those prison shows, so I've had to stop watching. (lol) Hugs...

  7. Good point Ro! It does revolve around her relationship with Logan being a inmate as well. She touched on it a bit but I wished she would have focused more on it. But I guess with Logan getting out in such a short amount of time, she didn't really go into a lot of detail.

    I hear what you're saying about the race thing, but I just felt that she didn't want to go deeper with Logan 's issue with race because it would have rubbed some folks the wrong way. I just don't believe in someone being half a racists, but that's just me...lols.

    I've been watching Prison Wives and I just don't know how they do it. I mean it's a stressful life and yeah its sad. Some.of these women don't luck up like this character did. I mean Logan was a felon....was in jail for a drug charge. Thats not a good thing, but on the show...some of these women are married to murderers, rapists. It's crazy.

    Thanks! I really wanted to do the book justice. It's a good story.

  8. This is a rare and refreshing thing for an author to go there with the racial tensions even if she didn't go all the way. I get why she didn't though. I read another book where - coincidentally- the hero was a prisoner along with other fellow prisoners as secondary. The fellow secondary white prisoner was racist against the Asian heroine. It was all totally in character for the way a brutal guy who is racist would act and talk, but the reviews were super hard on the author- like her racist character's views were her own or that no matter how realistic the guy's vocabulary was that she shouldn't have even written such crass and hard words. Oddly, I didn't think her character was harsh enough considering he was this thug with no morals and lots of hatred and violence.
    Anyhoots! This one does sound like it has some good themes and glad to get your review on it, Sharonda!

  9. see, that was my thing Sophia. Logan wasn't harsh enough. I think I just wanted her to go there with his character especially since he surrounded himself with basically kkk type folks.

    I can totally why she didn't go full throttle with his character too, people get upset at almost everything now a days and that is just sad because its a issue that needs to be discussed.

    Surprisingly, she got some pretty decent reviews. I haven't see any that attacked her or the story but I tend to bypass some reviews especially those on GR & Amazon. Its like that old saying "if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say it at all" It always amazes me to say those type of reviews...its just crazy.

    lols, yep. And check it out...one of the ones I caught...a pen pal program is exactly how this woman met her now husband who is basically spending his life in jail for murder. Her commitment to him and his cause to get out was astounding to me. She's basically using all her resources for a retrial because they can't afford a lawyer. I just don't understand it. I agree with Braine, I don't know what is the appeal is of having a convict as a mate...its just...idk.

    Good gawd, can you imagine pen paling Mason...yuck!

  10. I have never understood the wanting to have a relationship with an inmate. If it makes that person happy then so be it.

  11. Its definitely a dynamic i wouldnt try but, hey to each its on.

  12. Thanks a bunch Sharonda and BIG Hugs!