Lab Partners by Unca D

Description: Christopher "Kit" Wainwright is assigned Nichelle, a Black woman, as his lab partner. Hailing from an insular small town, he is uncomfortable interacting with her. As he gets to know her, his queasiness about her race dissipates and he begins respecting her. They become at first friends and then lovers. Kit is unsure how his friends and family will accept Nichelle. In the meantime her history-obsessed mother discovers that his and her families crossed paths over a century earlier.
Size: 259 KB ( ~ 49,114 words)
Sex Contents: Some Sex
Tags: Ma/Fa, Consensual, Romantic, Heterosexual, Fiction, Interracial, Black Female, Oral Sex, Slow

Review by sjowg   [other reviews by sjowg]

Reviewed: 2016-09-19

I honestly don't remember how this story got into my queue, but it finally made it to the top, and so gets read and reviewed.

"Lab Partners" is a fairly straightforward romance between two college students who are assigned as, you guessed it, lab partners. The only twist is that she's black, from Philly, and he's white, from rural Pennsylvania. Each has some issues dealing with members of the other race, issues that they have to work through if they're to have a relationship.

The story's a good one. Overall the plot holds together well; there's no particular need to suspend your sense of disbelief. While it's by no means a treatise on race relations, the author does a credible job of dealing with some of the issues of race that unfortunately are too common. The issues for our female protagonist are particularly jarring, for me, but I believe them to be entirely credible (one only has to read the news to find examples.

Anyway, I like the story. Besides, it's a romance, and I'm a sucker for a romance.

Technically it's good, not great: there are a number of typos sprinkled throughout the story. It's not bad enough to disrupt the reading, but enough to be noticeable.

I won't claim that this is my ATF on SOL, but it's a good read, and I recommend it.

Plot: 8 | Technical Quality: 8 | Appeal to Reviewer: 9