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Tainted Black (A Forbidden Love Story) by [Williams, Shanora]
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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 as you.
Perhaps you were right, but it didn’t matter because what I did know was that I loved the way you felt—loved the way you smelled. I loved how hard you got for me, and when you called me your Little Knight.
I can still remember that day in the park, when you held me close and kissed me deep. How you effortlessly made me cry your name on top of sweet smelling grass, making me feel like the only girl in the world. I loved how you looked at me, how you spoke to me.
I had been madly in love with you ever since I was twelve years old, but I shouldn’t have been.
Isabelle would have hated it—my best friend. I couldn’t afford to lose her. Besides, you two had already lost enough. Losing Mrs. Black was the epitome.

It’s Chloe Knight.
I wanted to be there for you no matter what, but Isabelle needed me too.
And she would have hated me if she ever found out I was sleeping with her father.

** Tainted Black is a forbidden love-story about a girl who helplessly falls for her best friend’s father. After a tragic accident ends the life of Theo Black’s wife, he turns to the one person he has always found interesting.
Chloe Knight, the girl from across the street, his daughter’s best friend, and a person that is considered completely off limits for him. **

- WARNING: If you aren't a fan of taboo love stories, age gaps/differences, of if you're expecting a novel with that "unicorn and rainbows" type of feel, then this may not be the novel for you. But if you want to read about an alpha male with a tortured soul that rides a motorcycle and owns a boat named Dirty Black, then READ this! You may have just have found the right kind of love story for you!**

- Taboo Romance (Best Friend's Dad)
- Full-length standalone (98K words)
- New Adult / Erotica

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shanora Williams considers herself a wondrous, down-to-earth author who's all about romance, paranormal, and historical fiction. Coffee and Oreos are her addiction. Reading is a necessity. Whenever she isn't writing or reading, she's most likely spending her time with family and loved ones, or watching hit TV.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2408 KB
  • Print Length: 311 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bombshell Romance, LLC (Sept. 11 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B014VN88Z0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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So to start, I just want to thank Shanora for A) the ACR and B) for being so incredible and writing something so truly amazing. So THANK YOU!!!!!!! :)

OMG I really don't know where to start. Fist off, the writing is so phenomenal that you are totally sucked in. The characters are so realistic that you relate to one of them or all of them in so many ways. Theo was so incredibly hot, sweet, kind and lovable in all aspects. You fall in love with him immediately when he rides up behind the moving truck on his bike all bad ass and relaxed, but still so gentle with his wife and daughter. *sigh* You feel what Chloe feels, and touch what she's touching. It is truly and incredible story.

It ended so much different than I was expecting. I really had a hard time letting go of this one. It hit pretty close to home with me, in regards to the whole age thing so I feel like I was feeling her pain. I cried uncontrollably at the end. And since I was reading the ending at work, I had to leave my office and cry it out for a bit in the bathroom. I will be suffering from the worst/best book hangover for a VERY long time! I am truly ruined. I don't think I will be reading anything for a little while.
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The book was amazing. It had everything I love in a book, a taboo forbidden hot affair, hot tattooed guy. I loved it..................and then the ending.............all I will say is it didn't work for me at all....some may love it or say it fit the book, but for me it was a big no. I gave 4 stars cause 85% of the book to me was perfection. I'm so mad at a certain character and how she couldn't get past the shock and let the two most important people in her life be happy. I'm so bummed now even though I heard the ending would not be good, I was hoping people and the author were just saying that so when it was a happy ending I'd be happier for it.
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HASH(0x9c20ceb8) out of 5 stars Daddy Black can have me anytime, anywhere. Fabulous, emotional and realistic read from Shanora Williams! Sept. 11 2015
By RentasticReads - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This is the first time in my reading and reviewing history where it took quite some time for me to actually make my write up. To be honest, I still don't know where to begin. This book is heartbreakingly real. I'd like to see it as two soul mates who met at the wrong time in this particular lifetime. Although fate kept on dragging them towards each other, the odds, the entire universe was just against them. I can't tell you enough how much the tale of Chloe and Theo ripped my heart out of my chest, shattered it into a million pieces and stomped on it. This is a story that will seriously give you a book hangover. As for me, I suffered it badly. I had to use my imagination and make up a completely different ending just so that I could cope. Don't get me wrong, the ending was perfect as it is. It's harsh and raw, but it's reality. It's super hot and sexy and all kinds of forbidden love.

Chloe Knight is the most selfless and loyal woman. She keeps blaming herself for things that weren't really her fault. She has loved the man across the street of their house since she was twelve—ever since the entire family of the Blacks moved in. She was so eager to get to know them. The kid her age, Izzy, even became her best friend. But it was that man who rode his bike freely and commanded so much attention, who really intrigued her. She treated them her second family. And the said man of the house—Theo Black? They became closer as he was mostly at home with her daughter. It wasn't Chloe's fault she fell for a man twenty years older than her. It just happened. And I think their proximity didn't really help either. It was such a hard situation to be in. And she tried so hard to keep her emotions to herself because she knew it was wrong. She never wanted to hurt anyone.

Ever since his daughter's best friend blossomed into a woman and started to mature, Theo Black tried his hardest to ignore the electric vibes and sparks lingering between him and Chloe Knight. There was just something about her that draws him in every single time and soothes him. She was like his balm, but he could never really act on this tingling feeling whenever they're close to each other. That is—until one event changed their lives forever. Especially his. He spiraled down the drain so quick and it was always Chloe who rescues him and helps him right himself each night. With one really drunken night, he couldn't tamp it down anymore. This man is so passionate. So intense and raw with so much love to give. I feel like he was the one born in the wrong generation. With the way he was with his Little Knight, you could feel how much he wanted to fight what he was feeling for her, knowing it was wrong and they'd just end up feeling guilty keeping it from his daughter, but it was inevitable. They both lost the battle at some point. And there was no turning back. The more they spent time together, especially that summer, he fell. He fell so hard and so fast for her. Everything he felt for her intensified.

Every single moment these two shared cannot be missed. Each one will forever be engrained to my brain—dear Lord, my poor brain and heart—all the good and intimate ones, even the bad and excruciating ones. The impact of what happened to them from the very beginning of their relationship was very vital and it's like a punch to the gut. It's too piercing and their vehemence will not ever fail to lure you in. Don't even get me started with the ending. My God that ending. It was what destroyed the last thread of strength I had left. It was what finally broke the damn dam. It was soul shattering, mind numbing and I don't know how my heart can recover from it. Although I don't think I will change anything about the ending if I had the chance to. It was what made the story perfect. It is truly genuine. It will make you feel so much, you won't even need to dig that deep.

This is not your typical love story, not your usual kind of HEA. But what I loved most about it, aside from the dynamic of the characters, was how the story was written and well though of. How realistic it is. Yes, you have to seriously brace yourself when you read this book, but don't be afraid to. Just be ready, hold on to your heart, and hope that after reading this one, it survives and is still intact. This one is worth taking the risk. Theodore Black is worth taking the risk. You will most defending regret it if you never met him.
26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c2fb918) out of 5 stars 5 STARS: THE REALNESS IN LOVE! Sept. 9 2015
By Nancy's Romance Reads - Published on
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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 that captivated me for showing me the realness in love.

“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.”

This is the story of Chloe Knight and Theo Black. Two characters that should have never crossed paths romantically but fate and circumstances brought them together anyway. And it's that same fate that takes them on a forbidden romance that may cost them everything. You see, Chloe is best friends with Izzy, Theo's only daughter. That makes Theo twenty-years older than Chloe and a very forbidden man. The age difference and their connection to Izzy should have been enough warnings but after Theo's wife is tragically murdered, Theo isn't in a good place and the only one caring for him even at those dark times is that beautiful girl who's lived across from him for the past seven years. That's how at nineteen Chloe can't keep holding in her feelings anymore for that forbidden yet wonderful man she's always loved in secret and so one night she gives in to the emotions just like he does. But then their twisted fate takes them apart to bring them back together again three years later and that's when their beautiful affair really begins.

“I tried hard to fight the chills he gave me, wanting badly to ignore the galloping of my heartbeat. But his smile was too perfect.”

“The way my chest grew hot when I realized it was pure joy I gave her. I had no idea how I made her so happy. I didn’t know what it was about me that she liked so much.”

Chloe is now twenty-two-years old and back home for the summer from college to take care of her sick father. When she sees Theo again the pull they once shared three years ago is tenfold and as much as their attraction and later on deep love may feel wrong, it also feels so right to them that they just can't stay away from each other. Not even when they know their relationship will hurt the one person they both love dearly.

“We ventured into the same blackness I couldn’t seem to escape, sinking further and further into the sea. But being under this sea was different. We could breathe, so it was okay. We could feel and touch and move. Nothing held us back, and nothing saw us. Just like the ocean, our black sea was full of wonders—full of uniqueness and secrecy. It was our place, this vast ocean we lived in. It was for us, and the only way it could have been ruined was if something intruded, messing up the fluidity and transforming it into a menacing typhoon.”

I loved this forbidden romance. The passion, longing, and guilt between these two had my heart squeezing with emotions. At first the age difference and the fact that the characters knew each other since the heroine was twelve made me a little apprehensive but it did't take long for me to completely forget about that because Ms. Williams is amazing about delivering this delicate story. Every moment she creates is perfect making everything feel tasteful, realistic, and mostly she makes you feel these two human characters. That's what I loved the most about this book, how it challenged my perceptions and really made me feel the love for what it was no matter the circumstances.

“The urge to push him away was strong, but not as strong as my need to pull him close and never let go.”

As you can see, Tainted Black is not a sweet or easy love story. No, it's actually a flawed romance about falling in love with the wrong person and following one's heart even when it may lead to heartbreak. But most of all, this is a beautiful love story about learning, about forgiving, and about growing up. I really loved this book and omg, that epilogue was pure perfection! I totally recommend this story if you want to read something captivating, different and real.

“You are my little knight,” he murmured. “My rock. My savior.”
29 of 36 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c156d8c) out of 5 stars Really?! Sept. 13 2015
By Ashley - Published on
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The ending was AWFUL! I don't know what to write without spoiling the book for others reading reviews. I loved this book until like the 85% mark because you knew what was happening next and you didn't want it to happen. I feel like the ending of the book suggests that love just isn't enough. I feel like it's saying you have to wait for the perfect conditions to be in love and make it work when in reality, if you love someone that much... You don't care about the "perfect conditions." You make it work.

Also, if you really are in love with someone for that long, you aren't gonna give up just because things aren't perfect. You aren't gonna care about what other people think of you really do love that other person. I'm so disappointed in the ending of this book. It makes me extremely frustrated and I'm really upset I wasted my time on a great book with a s***ty ending.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c8652b8) out of 5 stars Betrayal, loss, lust, sacrifice Sept. 11 2015
By Judy Z (Bookaholic Confessions) - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
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.

They provided something for each other, risqué or not, it was what they needed.
You could feel the lust and electricity.

Damn Shanora Williams for making Mr. Black so damn hot and delicious!!!

There were also multiple moments of pain and loss. I had tears in my eyes on more than one occasion.

They say everything happens for a reason.
Life is tough! Along the way you hope you find love and happiness.
Sometimes you make mistakes. There are times you'll have to make sacrifices.
But ultimately you live and you learn.

"She deserved better than having to deal with my brokenness, a man with no self-control- no guidance. A man with a dark past and an even darker heart. That was my mistake, leading her on like that, taking from her what so clearly didn't justify being mine."

This was definitely an intense emotional journey.

"No one should have to get hurt because two people love each other."

*arc provided by author in exchange for an honest review
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c1bd5a0) out of 5 stars I don't understand this ending... this beautiful book with this awful ending just killed me. Sept. 17 2015
By Paula Valerio - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is the first book I have ever given 2 stars. Wanna know why? Because it was so amazing and beautiful and then when i reached 92% in the book I knew that the ending would be awful... It basically says that true love isn't worth fighting for... The epilogue was... Surreal like... I don't want to spoil the book because I respect the author, but... I'm so disappointed. I'm sorry Miss Williams, I don't understand this ending. I'm so sad...