Incarcerated: Letters from Inmate 92510 by Inger Iversen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Release Date: September 29, 2014
Format: Paperback (342 pages)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Blurb: One of the few white kids in a rural Kentucky town, Logan Whyte always kept to his own kind out of self-preservation. He never considered himself racist, but that didn’t stop him from falling in with the wrong crowd that celebrated hate as much as he fought it – or from ending up in prison for eight years on an armed robbery charge.
A successful and educated black woman, Katie Andreassen is tired of being accused of betraying her own race. Her lonely isolation, coupled with her grief over losing her mother, inspire her to create a new pen pal program at Capshaw State Penitentiary, where her father is a warden.
The program brings together the unlikely pair, but Logan and Katie soon find themselves forced to overcome past fears and prejudices. Their friendship doesn’t come easily – threatened by a crooked lawyer with a grudge and a best friend who betrays her promise to help.
When faced with a world that forces them apart, Logan and Katie must show everyone else what they have discovered: that love is, in fact, colorblind.
Well, I thought this was a mafia romance. It’s not and that’s okay.
This is romance between an incarcerated man and his pen pal, the warden’s daughter. *Sighing*
I applaud the author for taking this bold risk. Inmates are people and not all are violent offenders. My main issue was that Kathryn “Katie” was just a doormat. Her fear of conflict has reduced her to a recluse and someone who’s dad and best friend run her life. It makes sense that she would quick cleave to her pen pal. It’s kind of anonymous and you can be whoever or whatever you want to be on a paper. Things progressed between Katie and Logan so fast. She gave him her phone number, and so many personal information. With google and even outside friends, Katie basically gave Logan the keys to the kingdom.
To top it off, Logan was a racist and believed people should stick with their own kind. I am unsure if he continued with Katie because she was a link to a new life outside those walls. I know that personal contact can change the mind of a racist I wouldn’t gamble my safety though. Giving a prison pen pal your address is unsafe. Then dating one who is racist when you are a black woman was just weird. It ended well, but I normally wouldn’t encourage people think good lovin’ is the magic cure-all. I know I wouldn’t be comfortable having sex with someone who despises my race.
Katie was kind and not judgemental, Logan was able to change his beliefs but I don’t know the probability of this romance lasting. It is a hopeful and optimistic outlook on a romance with a racist felon.