Book Review, Characters of Color, Coming of Age, Contemporary, Dark, New Adult, Romance, Series

Color Me Red (Red, #3) by Beena Khan


The coldest winter brings first loves.
The winter that changed her forever.

Let’s start from the beginning. The past.
Meet the man she couldn’t forget and the man that broke her.

Isaah and Saagh.
The untouchable wealthy notorious bad boys of Emerson University

Love can heal a person, but no one ever told me, it can destroy a person too.
Before she met Kabir, Red was just a young, orphaned girl starved for attention. She was always taught by her parents that she will meet ‘the one’. She was crossing the street when the college playboy Isaah Lone runs her over with his motorcycle. This begins a love-hate relationship between them. They only speak to quarrel with each other, bullying each other.

One day, she has car troubles and goes to the car shop that Isaah’s family owns. Slowly, they realized that they have something in common that they both love: literature.

She meets a guy named Saagh who later becomes her best friend.
The longer she is with him, the more she sees his dark and possessive side.
Torn, she must choose between right and wrong before each man takes a piece of her and never returns it.

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Beena Khan brings us the moving prequel to The Name of Red. It is the story of the young Red and her loves, losses, and regrets.  It explains in every heartbreaking and tear-filled detail how Red becomes the broken woman she portrays in book 1.

A love triangle between two handsome playboy brothers and a beautiful young woman.  Red is drawn to both brothers. Her mother said to “pick the guy who is protective over controlling”.  Who does she choose? The self-assured Isaah who is happy to be the center of attention or the reserved and modest Saagh who blushes at her compliments?  Her choice is taken from her and she is left alone.

Once again, Ms. Khan’s beautiful prose is lyrical and exquisite. Told in three expressive voices, the story exposes their emotional turmoil for each other which is both agonizing and tender. It is eye-opening to see Red grow from the tentative and reserved young college girl to the strong, but conflicted woman who has lost so much in her life. Once you read this book, you will understand book 1 so much better.

Overall, this is a poignant and sometimes dark love story filled with tumultuous events, unbridled passion, and chaotic and loving characters. If you enjoy forever love with tragic characters, please give this book a try.

Read about Red’s parents in The Flame Must Burn.

Thank you once again to Ms. Khan for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.


Color Me Red

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Beena Khan lives in a suburb in Queens, New York in her apartment. She is 27 years old from Azad Kashmir, Pakistan. She is an immigrant who moved to New York when she was five years old. She currently holds a Masters Degree in Developmental Psychology from Cuny School of Professional Sciences. She enjoys reading, writing, and Netflixing. This is her debut novel.

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