“Love can heal a person, but no one ever told me it can destroy a person too.”
Colour Me Red by Beena Khan is the third book in the Red series of contemporary romance novels. This is a prequel that tells the tale of two men from Red’s past, the one she could never forget and the one that broke her completely.
I have mentioned this in previous reviews, but Mrs Khan as an impeccable way of conveying the complexities of human emotion, particularly as they relate to romance and heart-break. The way that she crafts connections between two individuals in a careful and natural manner, building a beautiful foundation of passion and emotional intimacy, layer by layer, is impressive.
In Colour Me Red, we get to witness the multidimensional spectrum of relationships from the best parts to the worst and everything in between. The typical shortcomings in romance occur because of the flaws of individuals. All the characters have their imperfections so when they make questionable choices it feels as sincere as it does frustrating. Each of their imperfections ends up playing an integral part in the narrative as a whole and I was fascinated by the way that the author presented those key elements as the story progressed.
Red, who is at the centre of the plot, is shown to have undergone a couple of tragedies in her life and it moulds her into a person who does not like to show others her vulnerabilities. While this makes her a very headstrong individual, it also puts up psychological walls that make it very challenging to build an authentic connection with her. The problem with letting one’s walls down is that when the heart breaks, it can feel so much more painful, even indescribably agonising. Seeing Red’s downward spiral in the wake of finally choosing to take down her protection for that profound intimate bond that stems from love was as devastating as her relationship with Isaah was endearing.
The brothers are rather interesting because of how similar yet different they are, particularly in the rapport they each shared with Red. The darkness that seems to surround Saagh makes him more enigmatic and captivating, and I appreciated that he was so much more than a bad boy whose only worth is in stirring up drama. Instead he is someone who teaches Red a lot of very difficult life lessons in some aching ways, which helps to flesh out her personality across the series, giving her characterisation from The Name of Red more depth and understanding.
Some things to keep in mind while reading is that the narrative does utilise flashbacks with its storytelling, but its threaded so well with the plot and the overarching themes that I found their inclusion to be very engaging. Also, the book deals with some hefty content along with the steamier aspects (content warnings listed below), so I would proceed into it with some caution.
All in all, Colour Me Red is an excellent romance read and prequel to what has become a delightfully engrossing book series. I highly recommend this to fans of romance books as well as people who like flawed characters that are still genuine and endearing, and stories that do not shy away from both the good and dark elements of passionate relationships.
Please note that I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review, courtesy of the author, Mrs Beena Khan.
Publication Date: 15-Oct-2020
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Genre: South Asian Literature, Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 321
Content Warnings: Death of parents. Death of partner. Murder. Depiction of controlling and possessive tendencies. Depiction of severe grief. Depiction of toxic relationships. Unrequited love.
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