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Everyone has one.
Some are close.
Some are dysfunctional.
Some are simply gone.

Nine-year-old Shae Black entered the Witness Protection Program after the murder of her father, mob boss Luca DiMarco. New name. New identity. And a ready-made family that had no idea who she really was.

Fourteen years later, a letter from a ghost thrusts Shae back into the life she was forc
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BLACK: : is a standalone ‘ Contemporary Romance’ novel by K.L. Grayson. Spoken in ‘Dual Perspectives’ Rex and Shae.

Two brothers Dante and Rex
One will love her.
One will hate her.
One will vow to protect her.
One will vow to kill her.
All in the name of family.

Just the above sent tingles down the spine. Two brothers as different as chalk and cheese.

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One night of terror after the murder of their father which Shae witn
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⭐⭐⭐4 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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How far would you go to seek revenge one of the most dangerous man in the mafia? For Shae Black, the answer is pretty simple: Above and beyond. But getting revenge and finding answers as it turns out, will be the least of her problems because there’s one man who has her in his sights, and he’s not going to let her go that easy.

Seeing your father murdered would make any nine year old go into a state of shock and utter heartbreak and for Shae, this tragedy was no different for h
Melanie (mells_view)
Well well well them Ambrosi boys...

Pretty dang good if you ask me. I love mafia romance, and even though it was low on the actual mafia happenings it was still really good with that "family" vibe. The story unfolds slowly, and as each secret comes out it's like "ohhhhh that makes so much sense!"

Shae left Chicago when she was 9 after the deaths of her entire family. She was placed in witness protection for her safety, but as soon as she loses her dream job and has nothing to stay for in her new
Yeah, do yourself a favor and skip this one.

"Who am I to judge him? If he wants to have a quickie in his office, he should.
I just wish it would've been me.
Wait what?"

Yeah lost interest after that.
3 1/2

Good read, predictable. I figured it out.

It kept you reading though. It wrapped up way quick. I was hoping the big reveal would happen at the party, but it was kind of low keyed if you can say that. Lots of sex for sure. I think I am more interested in Dante's story so I will read the next.
Rebecca Yarros
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So damn good that I read it in ONE sitting on an airplane. That's how fast I turned these pages.
Lexxi James
Can a Love Story Live in a Mafia Underworld?
Shae is on a mission.
To meet someone from her family.
A sibling she knew nothing about until a mysterious letter lures her back to Chicago, and the scene of the massacre of her father and sister. But there she meets mysterious tall, dark, and handsome Rex. She blows him off. She meets him again. Another few days away. Another encounter. They continue down destiny's merry-go-round, falling deeper into each other with every pass. But with a mafia backdr
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 Thrilling Stars!

"For just one night, I want to let go. I want to explore these crazy feelings rolling around inside of me without fear of repercussions."

"I want tonight to be burned into your memory. I want to consume every one of your senses, own every sigh. I want to ruin you Shae, bring you pleasure you never thought possible. I'm going to make it impossible for any man to ever live up to what happens between us tonight."

"She glances up at me, and I feel like she's looking straight into m
Do yourself a favor. Read this book and go in blind. It was amazing from the start. It was a different read for me because every time I thought I knew what was going to happen or how a character would react I would get ready for the eye roll and then be blindsided by what actually occurred and I loved it. No predisposed notions here because EVERY TIME I thought I knew what the fallout was gonna look like I was wrong and so excited! KL Grayson did an amazing job with this storyline and these char ...more
Alex ♈
Jul 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: safe
2.5 - 2.75 stars

Soap operish
Book Loving Fairy-Blog
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Star Rating: 5 stars

Holy effing hell!

I mean holy shit!

I never ever ever expected this kind of book from KL Grayson.


Mafia and Hot as hell alphas, YES! Sign me up!

Shae Black, a girl who is lost on the inside and doesn't know how to get out and find what she needs. After going through traumatic things as a child she had no choice but to hide inside herself difficult situations and loss propels her on a path she never knew she needed to take.

Rex Ambrosi, son to a mafia boss but just any mafi
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, mafia
Wow. What a ride. Though I am notoriously good/annoying at guessing plot twists ahead of time and am nearly impossible to surprise (which drives my friends nuts- just ask them), Grayson had a few tricks up her sleeve with this one. As usual, she created great characters with an interesting backstory that pretty much exploded around them 75% of the way through the book. Did I guess several of the twists? Yes. Did I know how they would come to light or play out? Nope. And as usual, Grayson masterf ...more
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*ARC kindly given for an honest review*
Reading is fun when you go in blind which is how I started Black. I didn't read blurbs or reviews, just opened it up and started.
I wasn't disappointed with the beginning at all! We start with Shae's, our female lead, POV. The story starts with a bit of mystery, it's definitely enough to keep you reading to learn more. In the first chapter we learn a lot about Shae and her background. Sorry, no spoilers here!
Black is told from dual POVs between Shae and Rex,
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Black is a gritty romance with lots of hot sexy time. It's well written, with strong lead characters and some fun secondary characters that help round out the story. What intrigued me most was the subplot surrounding our main characters. It was gritty and dangerous and I wanted more of it, more details and more thrills. I was disappointed that didn't happen because for me, it would have taken this story up a notch. Still, I think Black is a solid read that will appeal to readers who like relatio ...more
Krista Ricchi
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Who is K.L. Grayson and what is she hiding? That was my first question. I have read and loved all of K.L.’s books but this one is outrageously amazing. The plot and writing are perfection (the standard from K.L). This is a darker side to K.L.’s normal romance books but it is also so much more. The emotions are more powerful, raw and gritty. The story takes you to a darker place and has you second guess so many things. The twist and turns will leave you breathless and broken. The secrets and lies ...more
Brittany Brasseaux
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you like hot, Italian alpha males, this is a story you want to read! I received an early ARC of this story and finished it in less than three days. KL Grayson switched things up this time around with Rex and Shae's story. Steamy, raw, hot, and a whole lot of sexy is what you're going to find between the pages of Black. And if you love plot twisters, you're going to get a major one that you may not have seen coming. Go get this book as soon as you can! You'll be dying to get your hands on Dant ...more
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Favorite book this year!!!!!

What a ride!! What a journey!! What a story!!

This book took me on the ride of my life. Mafia galore,
My emotions couldn't Be contained. So many moments you thought you knew what was going to happen and then Bam.
Rex and Shae wow their chemistry was off the charts,
Their pasts will blow you away, their connection will shock you.
It's thrilling and full of anticipation. Steamy sex scenes. Sweet tender moments, it has all the elements of a story your looking for.
I seriousl
the. quirky. wallflower
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 Star Read! 

This was my first read by K. L. Grayson and it most certainly will not be my last! 

Grayson gives her readers new meaning to "heightened anticipation" whilst they are drawn into the suspense that surrounds Shae and Rex. They'll fall in love with Rex right along with Shae. They'll uncover secrets and lies surrounding Rex and Shae and fell the plethora of emotions the two experience with them. 

Although Black is not the typical mafia novel, the chemistry and romance in it are on par wit
April Symes

“ Black” by K.L. Grayson is one book that is a book that you should read going in blind. It is a story that will take you on a rollercoaster of an emotional ride. In the first chapter we learn a lot about the heroine Shae, her background and her past. Black is told from dual POVs between Shae and Rex our hero.
I do not want to give spoilers away about this story but what I can tell you is this story isn’t the basic story of how boy chases girl, wins her heart type scenario- oh no. This story has
Sara Miller
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I adore each and everyone of K. L. 's books and while her books are typically real life romances (you know the ones I'm talking about. . . Where the love stories don't ask you to suspend your disbelief and they may be perfectly imperfect together but they are absolutely perfect for each other in all ways they just fit.) But with Black she gives us a new level. It starts off a little on the gritty side and I was applauding her choice to just jump right in and not sugar coat it for us, there is a ...more
Tricia Bartley.  #AuthorStalker

"We all have secrets."

And this book has a shit load!!! lol Eeeep...I just loved reading this book. This book has sooo many twist and turns that will leave your head spinning...Hell, I had to read the epilogue twice...Black was sooo good. Very mysterious, mind blowing, thrilling and pretty damnnn Hawt!!! lol

So this book is about Shae and when she was young, she was forced into the Witness Protection Program after the murder of her mob boss father. She ends up with the Black Family. They don't tre
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
​Black by K. L. Grayson is a romantic suspense novel.

Shae and Rex couldn't be more opposite, or so it would appear. Shae is an event planner and, at first glance to Rex, lives a very normal life. Rex is the owner of one of the hottest clubs in Chicago. His family is known for their money and power. But he is a different kind of man, and running into Shae unearths the passion and desire that he has kept locked away.

"Walking away from you the other night was the most difficult thing I’ve had to do
Christine (Shh Moms Reading)
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 STARS!
I love a good mafia story and K.L. Grayson nailed it!
Black is the story of Shae Black who has come back to Chicago after being gone for 14 years living with her adopted family. Shae is searching for answers about her real family—answers to questions she has a hard time remembering because they are buried deep in the dark recesses of her mind.
Enter Rex and Dante Ambrosi—brothers who have a father in the business. Dante and Rex are far removed from the family business and like it that wa
Flavs is Mrs David Gandy♥~♥’
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, alpha-male
I Voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book

My first book by this author and not too bad. Thought it would be more Darker and more Mafia, but all in all a very good story

A girl trying to get revenge for Sal Ambrosi killing her father. Two brothers protecting their family, but what she didn't count on was her feelings. What do you do when feelings get involved?

This is an awesome story, from beginning to end will have you guessing and every time you think you know the answer, you are so wrong.
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Can you imagine losing your memory due to an accident or traumatic experience? Being told something awful happened but have no recollection of the event?

Black begins with a bang! As a reader you're completely caught up in the tragedy from page one! How can you not wish the best for Shae? Ole girl has certainly earned the right to some happiness but hey who said life is fair?

Grayson did a fabulous job bringing the characters to life. Their individual POVs offer insight into their psyche and offe
Renee at Book Happiness
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received this for an honest review


Shae and Rex OMG!! I fell in love with this book from the very beginning until the very end.. In all honesty this is one of those story's that I just didnt want to end!!

This author OMG I FLOVE her and her writing she has this amazing ability that just blows my mind of pulling me right into the story and keeping me hostage but in the best possible way!!!

I can not wait to see what comes next!!
Reckless Readers
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such a twisted, tangled up web of lies and deceitful​ characters around each corner. Everyone loves a good storyline to get lost and this sinks it's teeth into you and doesn't let you go until the very end yet I was hanging on for more. I was scared and nervous there for a minute that bad junk was going to happen. It's touch and go in Shae and Rex's relationship. It's so freaking hot though that it's enticing to hang on for the ride. Dante, Rex's brother, confuses me at times. I couldn't tell if ...more
★ Belle The Bibliophile ★
DNF - Nothing wrong. I'm just so not in the mood for rushed relationship, and I already figured out the ~twist~ early on. The characters jumped into a sexual relationship way too fast so I got bored pretty quickly.

If you are a fan of sexy romance and hate slow burn romance then I guess this book is for you lovelies. 💕
Kate Mclaughlin
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Holy hotness!
I've been left in a smouldering pile of ashes only quenched by my salty tears.
Going in blind I didn't know where this book I had been gifted was going, the plot takes such a twist that it caught me by surprise, rare these days in a flooded market.
It took me a wee while to read, completely my fault, but once I got started the only way I stopped was getting slapped in the face when I dropped my phone as I fell asleep :D
With Stella leading characters, KL doesn't disappoint with her se
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jen reviewing for KinkyGirlsBookObsessions

I freaking DEVOURED this book. I couldn't put it down! The story of Shae and her quest to find answers kept me turning the page. Rex is so alpha hot and I love the way he is with Shae.

When secrets finally came out I was gripping my kindle and was on the edge of my seat! K.L. Grayson give me more!
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