on January 29th, 2016
Genres: Dark Romance
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I am loyal, but I will betray you.
I am strong, but I have scars.
I am an angel, but the devil.
I met her when I was sixteen, she was a breath of fresh air. She swooped in, making me smile. But then she left, taking my next breath with her.
Her smile could light up a room, making my black heart pitter patter.
I found her again ten years later, with a syringe in her arm.
Blood coming from her legs.
She was broken and I was glad she was broken. She wouldn't think less of me and my damaged ways.
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I LOVE Black – I loved reading about Black so very much that I immediately started collecting other works by TL Smith. Black was a one sitting, late into the night read that left me sleepless.
ThereÔÇÖs something about once in a while rooting for the ultimate bad boy – a REALLY REALLY bad boy – thatÔÇÖs so energizing. Black isnÔÇÖt noble and he works for really bad people and does really bad things, but Black has a place in my ÔÇ£literary worldÔÇØ of would be heroÔÇÖs and even if heÔÇÖs irredeemable, I need to know him. IÔÇÖm practically doing a full re-read to write this review. Our other lead character, Rose, has a heartbreaking story and is very near her end when the story hits the present time.
So IÔÇÖll just get it out there – if you like a dark romantic suspense read Black is a #MustRead. ┬áThe writing is solid and the dialogue fits the characters so well. And OH the PLOT! ┬áSmith leads us down a few roads, leading us to make assumptions about the characters, how they got where they got and why. ThereÔÇÖs a few flashback moments, one with Black when he still called himself Liam that explains a lot about the direction his life was going when they met. Black and Rose have a short but rocky history. As Liam he was her only friend in high-school. But 5 years later, he becomes her reluctant savior. ┬áHer entrance back into his life is unwelcome at best. And boy did my heart ache for Rose. How she ended up where she did makes for some tummy twisting moments. So much of the story is about her recovery and Black is essential to it – heÔÇÖs her new, but welcome, addiction.
ThereÔÇÖs a great group of secondary characters that both support and antagonize our hero and heroine. There arenÔÇÖt too many surprises about who and what these characters are. The good ones stay good, and the bad stay bad. But it’s where their action take us that matters most. ┬á┬áIÔÇÖm romantic with unreasonable expectations but Smith does right by the characters and makes them work for it. ThereÔÇÖs quite a lot of suspense and some very hard images, brutal in fact, that make this story edgy and heartbreaking. ┬áThe epilogue is disconcerting and then we are left with one stellar cliffhanger. IÔÇÖm feeling a potentially unhealthy obsession over TL Smith’s writing right now. How have I never read anything by her yet? ┬áIÔÇÖm happy it was Black that changed that situation and now must wait patiently for book 2…
~Review by Cyndi
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Read the Prologue here (scroll down to the Rafflecopter giveaway)