Love is defined by Merriam Webster as strong affection for another arising out of kinship or an attraction based on sexual desire. In Laurina Osborne’s exhilarating first novel, Pink Diamonds, both of these definitions can be applied to the personal relationships of Jaycee Kingsley. Jaycee is an independent woman who has had many failed relationships with undesirable men. When she finally meets Roger Spencer - a man who “…could have anything he wanted…” (Osborne 3) - Jaycee is cautious at first but soon melts from Roger’s patient persistence and their intense sexual compatibility. However, as they embark on the beginning of their lives together, everything they have so lovingly built threatens to be destroyed by monumental secrets from their past!
With every turn of the page, Pink Diamonds reveals yet another twist to a fascinating storyline! Jaycee’s familial angst exposes the hidden psychological barriers which were created as a result of her inability to forgive her mother and sister for the pain they inflicted on her because of a teenage indiscretion. Her condemnation of her family, however, has caused her own body to turn against her, and it is Laurina’s skillful pen that leads the reader to a most startling conclusion, one which allows Jaycee to free her mind and body from the demons that have held her captive for so long!
Juxtaposed against Jaycee’s family drama is her relationship with Roger. If you blush easily, be forewarned! Pink Diamonds provides explicit details of the sexuality between Jaycee and Roger, but I feel that it was necessary for Laurina to provide this in-depth view of Jaycee’s ability to “…forget not to feel…” (121) when she is in love because it shows that despite all of her man drama, despite all of the pain that she has felt since her teen years, she has not given up on men or given in to the “…mad-black-woman attitude…” (2)! Love is the thing that ultimately saves Jaycee from a life filled with doubt and frustration, and this love is expressed realistically and maturely in the novel.
Pink Diamonds is a marvelous novel, and I would definitely recommend that it be added to one’s reading list! With realistic characters and intricate plot twists, Laurina masterfully weaves a tale of love, lust, jealousy, anger, friendship, and forgiveness. She is able to place the reader right in the middle of the tricky business of matters of the heart and allows us to see Jaycee transform from a women chased by her past demons into one who is finally able to both receive and give love to the fullest! I enjoyed every moment of this tender love story and so will you!