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100 Proof

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  694 ratings  ·  171 reviews
I was the low life.
The screw up.
The hopeless one with no future.

He was the rich guy. The smart one. The one who had it all.
My parents admired everything he did, while I was known for being their greatest disappointment. I didn't follow the path they paved for me.

I drank, partied, and did whatever the hell I wanted. The buzz was something I couldn't live without - the
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Published May 18th 2017
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This is a story of a couple that had been together for a few years and during that time spiraled down even further into addiction. Marlena (Marley) was able to stop herself before things got bad but Vincent (Vin) was not.

He ends up going to rehab but Marley finds out from a friend that Vin's mother paid him to go and he didn't go for them like he said. Unable to take any more lies, she breaks things off with him and moves away severing all contact.

Fast forward three years and Vin is doing
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Title: 100 Proof
Author: Shanora Williams
Category: Romance
Series or Standalone: Standalone
POV: Dual, First Person
Plot: 3.75
Characters: 3.75
Scorching Level:4
HEA: Not telling

I love, love Shanora Williams. Tainted Black has to be one of my favorite reads ever. This book is also a forbidden romance but didn't move me as strongly.
I loved the premise. Marley and Vinny were together but they were torn apart. The reason? Vin's addiction.
They loved each other deeply but they made mistakes. When they
3.5* there for you STARS!!

Review @ Midnight Romance

Just FYI, this isn't my first read from the author. I've read Tainted Black and unfortunately, the book isn't for me aka DNF. But this one is quite different and actually quite a safe read. Feels like a second chance romance but in a twisted way. Let me give you the proof.

Vin Chambers couldn't let go his love for a girl who left him. Well, it happened because his own fault. Even it was already too late but Vin is still positive that Marley will
Laura Lee
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
By Shanora Williams
5 Stars

Well my goodness!!!! I never thought Daddy Black would be replaced… But low and behold comes along Vinny. WOW What an emotional rollercoaster ride this one was. From the very first page to the last words on the last page I was engulfed in this story.

Vincent has had a crap of all life until that one party. The one where she was at. The way she danced, the way she was free, the way she talked to him. It’s a night that will never leave Vincent (Vinny). Three years
Shanora Williams
May 04, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
An all-new standalone forbidden romance coming May 18th, 2017!

I was the low life.
The screw up.
The hopeless one with no future.

He was the rich guy. The smart one. The one who had it all.
My parents admired everything he did, while I was known for being their greatest disappointment. I didn't follow the path they paved for me.

I drank, partied, and did whatever the hell I wanted. The buzz was something I couldn't live without - the fire that filled my veins after each sip always kept me running
Shabby  -BookBistroBlog
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“What the hell are you doing to me Vinny?”
And, to this day, I still couldn’t find the answer to that complicated question.

Sweet. Intoxicating. Addictive.
Like 100 Proof Jack Whiskey.
I'm so drunk on the breathless love, the mounting passion, the painful angst that's seeping into my very pores. It's a phenomenal story about some very real, very flawed characters that are stuck in a maelstrom of life and cruel fate.
Vincent Chambers is besotted with Marlena Winters. One whiff of her sweet smell and
Vanessa (nessreads)
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review*

5 "Bob Marley" Stars!!!

I'm on such a high right now after finishing '100 Proof.' Oh goodness gracious I devoured this book. This book had my heart beating faster than usual. It had me on the edge of my seat. The emotions it brought out in me were so carnal and real. Whoa, just whoa, I mean so freakin' GOOD!!!

"He was stunning—dark, beautiful, and mysterious. I was drawn to him from the very first moment I laid eyes on him. I was like a moth and he
Donna ~ The Romance Cover
100 Proof by Shanora Williams
4 stars!!!

“He could have everything else, but he wasn’t keeping her.”

Shanora Williams delivers a heart-breaking yet heart-warming second chance, forbidden romance with 100 Proof. Two people that loved hard but broke apart even harder. My heart shattered multiple times for the hero in this book and my character connection to him was 100 Proof. Our heroine delivers a case of tough love when these two split after a three-year relationship, yes, it was needed and yes
Nora Fresse
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am SO in love with this story.

Vin and Marley have been each other’s addiction since they met at a party. In the beginning, it was all about having fun, getting high and hooking up. They would find solace in each other and escape from their crappy lives for a minute. It was working for a while until that addiction became the thing that tears them apart.

Vinny comes from a rich family but he’s considered the black sheep. He was doing very well playing football, on his way to college until the
April Symes
Shanora Williams is my go to author for angst ridden, emotional , passionate romance reads and she delivers yet again. What an emotional rollercoaster ride this one was. Marley and Vinny were together but they were torn apart all due to his addiction and that addiction cost him Marley. When they break up, it will be years before they end up seeing each other again.
Vincent has had a pretty bad life, always made to feel like he was unwanted, the bad seed in his mother’s marriage and her 2nd son
Wendy ⏃: ✦Cheeky Chicks Blogger✦

100 Proof has the perfect dose of heartache, right from the beginning Shanora Williams will have your heart racing, luring you with just the blurb alone with this one!

This story had the perfect momentum going but my main issue was the utter dislike I felt for some of the characters and the lack of connection to the heroine. I really tried to like her, but her thoughts and actions gave me whiplash.

The only saving grace was Vincent. He's just a gorgeous and sexy man who grew
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100 Proof, an all-new taboo STANDALONE romance from Shanora Williams is available now!

Breakfast was supposed to be happening in less than thirty minutes. I couldn’t bail on Vin. He would have taken it personally. I figured filling him in in person would be okay.

I wouldn’t even eat with him. I’d let him know what was going on and tell him he should schedule a flight back home as soon as he wanted to.

Alex ♈
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May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
***ARC Provided by the Author and Social Butterfly PR***

This is my first title by this author, and I was drawn to it as another author I love was reading and talking about it. I love when this works out and I find a new author. I will definitely be reading future works by this author, as I was drawn in by the writing style and the story she told about Vin and Marley.

There were parts that seemed a little coincidental or farfetched, but life is like this sometimes, so it wasn't anything I couldn't
Leiera Monae
May 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
100 Proof by Shanora Williams

This was my first read by this author. I was super excited to get my hands on this book, as it has been hyped up among my FB friends. Unfortunately, during my reading and upon completion, I was unable to share in their enthusiasm for this particular reading experience.


This is the love story of Vincent and Marlena, affectionately known to each other as Vin and Marley. They initially
Flo Grugel
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I have read by this author and I really enjoyed it.
I was team Vin from the first few chapters. the characters were enjoyable especially in the 2nd half of the story which, for me, is where the book really came into its own.
Natalie M
First time reading this author, but now that I know, it won't be the last. Easy read, emotional but griping plot with all the feels!! I really enjoyed this book!!

eta- I LOVE the author's playlist for this book!!
AJ's book-reMarks
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Shabby & Laura from BookBistroBlog for introducing me to this author and their reviews. Addiction is horrible be it alcohcol, drugs, love, lust, etc... This story proves all that and more.
Isa Jones (Jo&Isalovebooks Blog)

One word that summarises how I am feeling after reading this book. The topic of drugs and alcohol abuse is always a delicate one and is specially difficult when putting it in a book as a backdrop of a story. I don't think there is anyone out there that hasn't been affected or been involved in the use into of these substances or addictions. In my case this book came at a time when I am sadly witnessing someone very close to me going through the difficult experience of going into rehab. So
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I enjoyed the last bit

This book was a tough one for me... I struggled with connecting with the characters, their background. The story felt repetitive to me. I don't know maybe it's the book funk I've been in.

The last few chaptersl is what earned the 3 star rating. They were what I hoped this entire book would be captivating and seductive.
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, book-boyfriend
*ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review

*** 4 Stars!!! ***

OMG!!! I loved this book SO much!!!
This was a sexy, exciting, forbidden love story that I could not put down!

It tells the story of Marley and Vin, two ex lovers who had a wild and dangerous relationship.
Vin was an alcoholic, and after he winds up in rehab, Marley decides it's best she ends things with him. Fast forward two years later and she's engaged to his brother!

After Vin is asked to be apart of the wedding, he
Amie Morgado- We Stole Your Book Boyfriend
A solid 4 star review. I really enjoyed Vin's journey in this story. I loved to see him overcome his demons and regardless of what happened with Marley you knew he would be ok because he had done so well for himself this time around. Vin was a struggling addict in the past and when he met Marley they seemed to be the perfect match. They loved fierce and fast yet in ways they brought out the worst in each other. They had a heartbreaking story but they both managed to move on and better ...more
Jul 13, 2017 rated it liked it
The book started out so good. But I soon lost interest. And that's the biggest shame of all, I know what S. Williams can do. "Tainted Black" is one of my all-time-favorite books. Where did the story go downhill for me? It bugged me to no end, that I couldn't figure that out for a long time. But ultimately, I simply anticipated a lot more on the lines of "forbidden". Nowadays, every author and their dog just shelf their books as forbidden, simply to get more people to read and talk about it. But ...more
Bookworm Between the Sheets
I have been wanting to read 100 Proof and I am so glad that I finally did! This book did not disappoint.
I loved the blurb about the book and HAD to know how a girl became engaged to the other main character's brother!

Shanora Williams did a fantastic job dealing with addiction throughout the story and the implications it has on relationships. "But I realized being addicted to someone like him was toxic. I deserved more than he gave, and at the end of the day, his drinking and smoking would
Michelle Krystel
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First thing first I have to say I didn't like Lloyd but now that I finished reading this book I freaken hate him with passion. For me to say I hate someone takes a lot but I hate Lloyd and William. Now as for Vincent what che's going through is not easy, and ya he made a lot of mistakes, but I feel like Marlena wasn't innocent either. I mean she drank smoked weed. She might not have done the hard stuff but still was there etc. Are they toxic no I don't feel like they are, but they can screw up ...more
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh, man! Make sure you have whiskey and cupcakes when you read this story! Shanora blew it out of the water!

"I was his whiskey and he was the glass. He needed me to fill his cup and to make him whole. He needed me just as much as I needed him, despite our differences and despite the downfalls."

The odds were stacked against them from the beginning but Marley and Vinny are the definition of true love.

I was given a direct to kindle copy of this book and I loved every minute of it
Vicky Salgado Esquivel
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Julie Gustafson-Monk
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-reads
There hasn't been a book of Shanora's that I havent loved. Her writing will suck you from the very first page. This is definitely one of the best books I have read by her. I related to both characters in some form or fashion. I was very close to someone who had an addiction. So 100 Proof hit home with me..

Marley and Vinny have met before at a party. Years pass and they come face to face again during a very awkward situation. Vinny will do everything he can to save her from one of the biggest
Tongan Book Lover
May 12, 2017 rated it liked it
It breaks my heart to have to give one of my favourite authors 3 stars, but this book just didn't do it for me. While I loved how absolutely unique the storyline and how amazing the execution and writing was, the characters were really weak and left me frustrated a lot. There was a lot of room for potential for this book, potential to be something absolutely amazing. There were some things that just annoyed the crap out of me, some things that are just plain common sense, and the absolute ...more
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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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