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Tainted Black

(Mr. Black Duet #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  2,443 ratings  ·  464 reviews
From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Shanora Williams comes a steamy, forbidden standalone novel about a college woman who helplessly falls for her best friend's father.

Dear Mr. Black,

I know you were hurting. I heard your cries. I wished over and over again that I could make it better, but as you stated I was too inexperienced; too good for someone as bad a
Kindle Edition, 311 pages
Published September 11th 2015 by Bombshell Romance, LLC
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Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
2.5 ★'s

A bit of advice...if you want to read this book, play close attention to what is written in the author's bio:

"Shanora Williams is a twenty-something that creates authentic romantic stories that, may or may not, make you question what a "Happily Ever After" truly is."

And...if that's not a big enough 'hint' for you, please feel free to PM with any questions. Just be advised that I will answer so be prepared for any spoilers!

So, the book is basically about a relationship between Chloe and h
3.5 Stars

Overall Opinion: This was a hot taboo read. I was expecting a cliffhanger, so I was actually pleasantly surprised to get a HFN ending instead. I am not quite sure I want to read the next book tbh! I am afraid that the next book will just have lots more drama, and I actually feel content with how this one ended enough to be worried about possibly ruining it. I also am not a huge fan of the best friend/daughter, and I am worried that it will all about her instead of the couple...and I'm
Shanora Williams
Jul 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
TAINTED BLACK (A Forbidden Romance)

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“Why didn’t you text me?” I whispered. He struggled with words, eyes avoiding mine. I caught his face in my hands, forcing him to look at me. “Why?”

“You know why, Chloe.”

“You thought of Izzy?”

“I thought of you.”

I frowned. “No. You didn’t think of me.”

Confusion made his face warp.

“If you had thought about me, we wouldn’t be here. You would have known that I was actually looking
Olga therebelreader
I loved this book. The story was thrilling and suspenseful, and it had romantic tension, forbidden love, angst and hot erotic scenes. The story was well written and drew me in completely from the first chapter.

Mr. Theo Black is a fantastic character. He is dark, mysterious, handsome, loyal - a bad ass tattooed and pierced biker.
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The forbidden love between him and his daughter’s (Isabelle) best friend, Chloe has been slowly unfolding through the years and is climaxed when Chloe gets nineteen ye
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Ahem. My heart's broken. But I feel content at the same time.
This is the best taboo story I've read in a while and certainly the best of the year for me.
Chloe Knight is twelve when she meets her new neighbours, the Blacks. She becomes best friends with Izzy Black and they grow up together. Theo Black is Izzy's father and Chloe is fascinated with him from the start. As the years pass and she gets closer to the family, her feelings turn to love. When trag
This is a forbidden romance between Chloe and her best friend's father. The blurb is definitely a drawing point for taboo romance lovers out there.

Do not continue to read my rant if you plan to read this book. I will put it as spoiler just in case.

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Sophie  **2 Greek Girls Reading**
Chloe was a child without friends, so when Izzy moved in next door in her neighbourhood at the age of 12 years old, they hit it off immediately and became best friends. Theo was Izzy's hot badass father and many years later Chloe's interest on her bestie's best friend seems to be reciprocated. But what happens when there are so many things holding them apart? The age gap, the judgemental community and mostly the fact that he's Izzy's father?

First of all, let me just say that I may didn't enjoy t
Aug 23, 2015 rated it liked it
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3.5 'Theo Black' stars.

My first Shanora Williams read, and this author blew me away with her imperfect story of forbidden love. Everything about the book - from the name, to the blurb, the cover, and the imagery that is Mr. Black - superbly done.

When a pre-pubescent girl, sees her new neighbours and excited that there is another girl she can befriend, she rushes over to be the first one to meet them. In her excitement her attention is drawn to the handsome, muscular and ever intriguing man on a
 Sonya ♕Chatterbooks book blog♕
★★★★4 Bittersweet Stars★★★★

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"We weren't a normal fling. We were unusual, rare and sadly,the unusualness- the reality-was what stood in the way of complete happiness between us."

For the first time in a really long time,I don't know what to write in my review.It's been 24 hours since I've finished reading this book and I can't articulate what I want to say.

Raw:That's how I'm feeling right now.Am I angry?happy? Sad? Utterly depressed?I.DON'T.F*UCKING.KNOW
I have all these emotions running through
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Tainted Black... I was won over by two things. A friend raving about it and the freaking blurb/warning.

Forbidden love. Younger heroine, older hero... Unconventional HEA warnings... A girl falling in love with her best friend’s father and healing him at his weakest... It was like my one-click finger took on a life of its own.

Chloe Knight was just twelve years old when the Black family moved in across the street. A young girl eager to meet the young girl, to finally have a friend quickly ingrains
Sep 24, 2015 rated it liked it
[I read this via Kindle Unlimited]

This book....I saw this book go by on my feed a week or 2 ago - color me intrigued. I read the sample of it on my kindle, and decided: "eeeehhhh.....maybe...?" A few days later I noticed it was actually available through KU, so I decided: "eh, what the hell?"

I didn't read at all yesterday, I am thoroughly ashamed of myself. I couldn't decide what to read, so I decided on this. I am still unsure what to think about it. I liked it, overall. I am not really a huge
Belle Aurora
Sep 05, 2015 marked it as to-read
Patiently waiting for this one.

Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
DNF at 54%

I was so excited to read this one as I LOVE my taboo story lines and this one promised to have me riveted. Tainted Black could have been great - if it was supported by equally great writing. Sadly the writing was riddled with flaws in regards to grammar, spelling, consistency and structure. To begin with I tried to ignore it as the story still had me hooked, however when for example, eye colour starts changing and the errors kept multiplying I had to call it a day. Such a shame because
Nov 18, 2015 rated it did not like it
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Lacey (Booklovers For Life)
2.5 stars. I would've given this 3-4 stars, but then I got to (view spoiler) ...more
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book just ripped all the feels out of me. It was not what I was expecting. I’m not one for time jumps, they aren’t really my thing but while reading this book I found myself hoping there would be a time jump because the NOW was just so inopportune. The timing of the events that happened was awful for the characters and I wanted to skip ahead to better timing.
“I hated it, I loved it. I couldn’t do this anymore. But I wanted so much more."
Chloe had a huge crush on her best friend’s hot
Tink Magoo is bad at reviews
Reread October 2018 -

Down from 4.5 to 4 stars.
I found the writing hard to get into at the start which I didn't remember from the first time around and there was a lot of sex with less development shown than I remember. Still enjoyable for Theo.

4.5 Stars

I have to say I started this book with low expectations having given up on a different book by this author before. Having said that the synopsis on Amazon sounded like my cup of tea and I thought... well it's free so why not?!

Let me tell you.... I
Donna ~ The Romance Cover
2.5 stars!! I had high hopes for this one, the blurb pulled me in when I first saw it pop up and I was itching for release day. The beginning was really good but the middle part unfortunately bored me to death, I would have normally DNF'd at this point but I had heard that the ending was fantastic. Well, I got to the end and it was a bit of a let down to be honest. While I appreciated the direction that the author took, that was not my issue, my issue was the execution. The only tear I shed whil ...more
3.75 Stars

I'm wanting to know why? An epilogue like this? I was put through the ringer with this story, and once I became accepting... I got torn in two! In the real world I would have thumb downed this! In my fantasy reads I still had a hard time. I was warned, but it was so entertaining. When it comes down to it though, I do not regret reading this. Getting over the age difference at first was so hard even though I was warned. I must say the first "encounter" PISSED ME OFF TO NO END!

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Chiara Cilli
Jul 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Una storia passionale e reale.

 Immagina il sangue fuoriuscire da ogni poro, zampillare proprio dallo squarcio sul tuo cuore. Immagina di non essere in grado di fermare il sanguinamento. Riesci a immaginare quel dolore? Non essere in grado di controllare qualcosa di così vicino, eppure così in profondità dentro di te da non riuscire a raggiungerlo, a meno che non ti squarci in due, graffiando con forza e disgusto?
 Soffri mentre scavi, consapevole che presto morirai dentro e fuori perché non c'è
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Nancy's Romance Reads
Jul 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Wow, Ms. Williams has done it again! She just managed to make me fall in love with another of her imperfect love stories. This time with a story that was as intense as it was conflicting yet, a story so honest and thoroughly put together. I seriously have to applaud this author's talent because no one has made me enjoy and feel so content about tragic love stories like she does with hers. With Tainted Black she delivers a passionate, beautiful, and flawed romance th
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DNF @82%

I challenged myself to read this. I know this isn't my type of 'romance' and I apologized. A friend really enjoyed it but I can't... I tried.

The age gap between H and h are really hugeee. The h adored (in her teen) his father figure and bloomed into love. IMO, their 'relationship' was toxic. They're keeping in circles with their lust. Really annoyed me with the on-off relationship. I couldn't found the 'WOW' in the story despite the good writing.

Peace out!

Pick a Book
Sep 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Everyone told me that the end was bad so I expected the worst. But in the end It wasn't THAT terrible, so... I didn't hate it :p
4 estrelas

Livro bom, quente e, segundo a sinopse, tabu.

Chloe é uma criança de 12 anos com poucos amigos e quando a família Black se muda para casa da frente da sua, ela corre para fazer amizade com a Isabelle, filha do casal Black que tem a mesma idade que ela. Assim que Chloe vê a familia chegando, ela fica encantada com o pai "fora dos padrões", musculoso, tat
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Overall rating: 4 stars

Writing style: 4 stars
Story: 4 stars
Flow of the story: 4 stars
Character development: 4 stars
Hero: 4 stars
Heroine: 4 stars
Secondary characters: 3 stars
Tone of the book: 4 stars
Emotion evoking: 5 stars
Originality: 4 stars
Enjoyment: 4 stars
Effect on me: 4 stars

Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
****4-4.5 Theo's Little Knight Stars****

Full review==>

*An arc was received by the author in exchange for an honest opinion.*
Aug 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
WOW! What do you say after that?
This was my first read by Shanora Williams and I know it is only the beginning!!!

Betrayal, loss, lust, sacrifice!
What an incredible emotional journey I have just been on.

She had a crush from the beginning... and he knew it.
But besides that, they had a bond. A connection. She understood him, and he her.
There was nothing dirty or perverted about it.
They were both of age, yet your very best and practically only friend's dad?
tsk tsk Now that's what made it taboo.
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing


Title:Tainted Black

Reviewers: Miri & Yaya of AfterDark Book Lovers

Author: Shanora Williams


Tainted Black is a book about two people falling in love. But not your every day kind of love. This is a Forbidden Romance. The type of love not everyone is okay with because we all know we live in a very judgmental world. What's worse is when those you love the most can't accept it even though they can see how much they need each other. This book is filled with angst, some steamy sex scenes,
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Shanora Williams is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who loves writing about flawed heroes and resilient heroines. She is a believer that love outweighs all, but doesn’t have a problem making her characters fight for their happily ever after.
She currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina and is the mother of two amazing boys, has a fiercely devoted and supportive husband, and is

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