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Mister Black

(In the Shadows #1)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  8,512 ratings  ·  688 reviews
** New York Times, USA Today, and International Bestselling series! **

When Talia crashes a masked party, the charismatic and dominant Mister Black is the one man who can either help or expose her. Neither can deny their attraction, but what happens when one hot night together turns into so much more...

We all have someone who crossed our path and fundamentally changed us.
ebook, 154 pages
Published June 14th 2014 by Limitless Ink Press
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★★★★! Mister Black, book 1 of 3. College reporter in quest for her next story runs into her childhood crush & find them connected!

“One single brown eye and one brilliant blue eye stare back at me behind his mask.”

In The Shadows trilogy should be read in order:
Book 1: Mister Black
Book 2: Scarlet Red
Book 3: Blackest Red

Mister Black (book 1) opens up to the past with a distraught girl, Talia rescued by a boy. In the yea
This short read has been hanging out on my TBR list for awhile. I picked up the Audible version because it was a relatively short audiobook. I don't like to start long audiobooks at the end of my workweek because I generally don't listen as much on the weekends. This book was about the right length to occupy my commute time, while still having enough time to finish it off before the weekend.

In any case, this book started off promising for me. Natalia, aka Talia, aka Red, is a young teenage girl
Mar 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, favorites
4.5 black && red stars
**copy in exchange for honest review**


Damn! What a hot quick read! Woooo...I need to cool down a bit...


So I decided that the premise of this book should best be described in a 'movie trailer'-type way...just imagine the deep voiced male who does the trailers saying the next few lines:

a young girl on the run from her past. a young boy who helps said girl find a reason to keep moving forward with her life. a second chance encounter at a masquerade ball many years later. a ve
Dec 03, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked it, although it was way too short.

Scarlett Red (In the Shadows #2) - 4 stars
Mar 02, 2015 rated it liked it
This was an interesting introduction to this series. Mister Black is mysterious and definitely has the good to deliver, but ultimately the story telling was a little choppy and flat for me.

The good moments:

"My gaze is drawn to his hands tucked in his pockets. Sunlight reflects off the silver of an understated cuff link standing out against his crisp white shirt. He looks relaxed, yet his gaze never stops moving, assessing. Even though he looks the part of a billionaire, there's an underlying raw
XxTainaxX Curvy and Nerdy
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Started this series and got absolutely sucked in. Sometimes people are connected in ways that they can't even begin to fathom. They can resist and move on in their life but if something is meant to be, it will be. Sebastian and Talia were meant to be in one another's lives. They meet as kids and share a meaningful moment but it's not until they meet again at a masquerade party that the sparks really fly.

This book is on the short side and leaves on a cliffy but it definitely peaked my interest.
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: smuttfabulous
4.5 STARS!!!!

This book is sexy and so dang hot. There is so much mystery going on & I can't wait to find out the whole story.

Be ready to start the next book because this first book has you asking a lot of questions with no real answers given.

Christine Blake, you were so right this is definitely going to be a good series!!!!!
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Meh...the smut was fab but the mystery sub plot completely lost me. I wondered whether I'd perhaps missed a prequel because I struggled to grasp why she was so obsessed with writing an article for a school paper and why she was hiding her identity. I did toy with trying the second part to see if it casts any light on what's going on, but I'm not intrigued enough to spend £4 on a novella so I'll be content in my confusion and leave it there. ...more
Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩
I've probably had this book sitting on my kindle since its release. After seeing many positive reviews, I knew I had to see what all the hoopla was about. And now I can say that I enjoyed it. From the moment Talia and Sebastian met as teenagers, her going through an unknown traumatic event and him suffering through his own pain, I could tell that there was going to be so much more between them. I didn't like the games Talia played, then or in the present, but it did nothing to take away from the ...more
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
ah, don't know what to say here actually...
I know it was short and all and there are two more books to find a closure but this was so impersonal

i didn't feel a thing for the characters...

everything was so fast, and it would make sense, if it was about lust but the interaction between the MCs was supposed to be based on trust after they like re-meet for the second time and he doesn't even know her name, he doesn't remember her...
hell and that's not all she's giving him - oho, ho, ho, cause, gues
May 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
Mmmmn...short and shaky, I'd say.

A chance meeting 8 years previous, had had such an impact on Talia's life, that she often thought about the unique eyed Blackie she'd met one dismal night.

In the current day, as an investigative journalist, she finds herself at an opulent, masked party in honour of a girl she desperately needs to know more about....and guess what?!

I'm not entirely sure what didn't work very well for me, but I'm thinking it's the authors voice. I like to think we all gain a connec
Seriously, I should have realised by now that beautiful covers in that genre hide absolute stinkers most of the time. This read like half a novel, telegraphed via Twitter. I'll try to make this equally as short:

- super-unreadable, pretentious present-tense-1st-POV-prose
- no substantial plot in sight (no plot in sight, actually)
- abuse of BDSM to market non-con/tortureporn/alpha shice
- alpha shice
- the umpteenth variant of Mr. Grey and Bella-dear

Could authors please think up something new? Finall
Magen Corrie
May 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5 sexy stars!

*beta read*

My Review:

I'm so happy I got the opportunity to read this book. I'm a big fan of P.T. Michelle and so far everything I've read by her I just end up loving! Mister Black was no exception. I enjoyed this book so much! It was such a sexy read and I can't wait for the next book!

I can already tell that I will definitely enjoy Talia's character, though she makes some frustrating choices. She seems like a strong heroine, and I do love strong female characters. And don't even ge
Sep 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

“You’re going to feel me tomorrow. When you pee, you’ll burn. When you sit, you’ll squirm. When you cross your legs, you’ll throb. Every movement will be uncomfortable, and you’ll know I was here.”

This story began really well, but from the sex scene till the end the pace slowed...even though the sex scene was hot, dragging it for like 4 chapters was too much.
What didn't make sense to me is the fact the heroine wanted to keep her identity a secret at all costs...even though her name and l

Well then. I see what all the fuss is about. I don't like young, virginal heroines because they're often portrayed in a very immature, childish way, and their dialogues just make them worse. The exact opposite was the case here. The way she spoke, the way she carried herself; she wasn't a timid, flaky female, and I loved that about her. Yes, she had baggage, but her character didn't use it at every opportunity to shy away from everyone. She kept a mysteriousness about her without coming off as p
Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
*Received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Hot...damn. This book provided the perfect combination of sizzling, sweet and mysterious. I was immediately hooked from the first page! Knowing that this is a series, I thought P.T. Michelle gave just the right amount of information on each character to keep me interested, but just enough mystery behind each to make sure I wanted more. I thought the characters were well thought out and well presented. I'm not a huge fan of clif
Aug 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
brilliant short read .... on to the next :)
~Mindy Lynn~
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Tina "IRead2Escape"
4.5 Stars

Hotness Rating 4 out of 5

Mister Black, aka Sebastian Quinn is hot! I mean sizzling, panties melting hot! This story is a must read and I can't wait to read the rest of the In The Shadows series. The only reason I gave this story 4.5 stars instead of 5 is because it started out just a bit slow and confusing. I get this was important to build up the intrigue, but it put me off just a little bit. It quickly got past this awkward stage and slipped right into fabulous! You will not regret r
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Holy hell! I want more! I absolutely loved Mister Black and I cannot express how much I did! It has one sexy, dark, mysterious guy that I can't get enough of. He is protective, but domineering and even made my girl parts quiver with his commanding tone! I hope the next book comes out soon!

Talia first crossed paths with Mister Black when she was a teen; he helped her return home after something bad went down. She has thought about him a lot since that night
Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
Aug 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014

“No matter what you’ve done family forgives…It’s like the tide every morning and evening, sunrise and sunset, and a rainbow after the rain stops and the sun shines.”

Mister Black was a quick, saucy and mysteriously intriguing read. Did we enjoy it? Yes and no, the writing style was fast paced and went straight on in there so was quite hard hitting, however, with no slow build or setting of the scene it was a tad confusing. It came across as if the Author assumed we knew what her characters we
The authors writing voice didn't work for me. I struggled with the words, the connection of the characters and the overall plot.

Storyline was too clichéd.

Lets see what book 2 brings.
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Delia Binder
Jul 01, 2014 rated it liked it
The improbable but intriguing story of a Young Girl From The Wrong Side of the Tracks ("Red") who's done a kindness by a Scapegrace Rich Kid ("Black") - only to meet up years later when she's a college-age heiress and he's the Navy SEAL scion of another wealthy family, and as a Journalism student in college she's trying to break open a campus drug ring which his flaky kid sister's a part of. Disguises, secrets, an uncovered interest in sexual submission (hers) - right down to a cliffhanger when ...more
Miria Vanessa
3.5 rainbow stars

" We all have someone who crossed our path and fundamentally changed us. That one person who blew through our lives, their presence forever stamped on our psyche. They linger in our thoughts, in our hearts, and in the decisions we make. A soul crusher or a dream maker, depending on the perspective.

My person is Mr. Black " ~ Talia

This is how Mr. Black starts, with this quote from the main character, Talia. It resonated with me because it is true, we all have someone, it doesn'
A. Cook
Rushing to get part two of this sexy tale. Loving both female and male lead. I must say loving both characters is a hard statement for me to make, but the author captures the reader’s attention from the very being.

Picture it … young girl distraught running through the rain and a handsome young man coming to her rescue who will be her destiny. What sounds like a cheesy fairytale princess story is actually a great introduction to the characters of the ‘In the Shadows Series’.

Sebastian Quinn Blake
Sep 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book wasn't what I expected but in all honesty I'm really sure what I expected, I read the book description and downloaded the sample, I didn't expect to read it yet but I was stuck and killing time with just my kindle so I downloaded the book and while the blurb was enticing and got me to read it didn't really let me know what to expect.
This book has some very good, well written reviews which, if I'd have been able to read first would have given me more idea what to expect.
I'll keep it bri
3.5 Stars.

This story has an interesting plot and is scorching hot & sexy however, there seems to be something lacking. Probably because it's being told from the heroine's POV and I'm not completely sold on her character or the mystery behind her reasons for not wanting to disclose her identity. I am interested to see how things turn out so its on to book two for me!
Mar 11, 2015 rated it liked it
I'm intrigued. I will definitely read the second book because that Mister Black is kinda hot with his brown and blue eyes. ...more
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this little "prequel" novella. Was it perfect? No. It had choppy moments and tried to cram a lot into a short amount of pages but I wasn't bored and I liked Sebastian a lot. I'm still warming up to "Scarlett" talia and have 2 more books to determine my thoughts on her. I'll be seeing where this story goes..... ...more
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