September 12, 2015

Tainted Black by Shanora Williams ~ RELEASE BLITZ & REVIEW

Title: Tainted Black (A Forbidden Romance)
Author: Shanora Williams
Genre: Contemp/Dark Romance
Release Date: September 11, 2015

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 'd 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. **

Review by: Tracy

When I first start a review I try to summarize what the next reader could expect from the book. With this one I unfortunately cannot, to summarize it would take away from the story itself.

When I first started to read Tainted Black I honestly didn't think I was going to like it. It is on the boarder of a taboo topic, definitely a forbidden romance. Not that I don't like those kinds of storylines I just didn't see where this one could go. Well, I was wrong. WRONG I tell you WRONG! Yes, Tainted Black takes you on a journey of forbidden romance, but it takes you to places you didn't expect to go. Love, loss, heart ache (may have had a tear or two) and self discovery.

I was so glad I gave this book a try. I was anything but disappointed.

4.5 Stars

Review by: Erin

I have to hand it to this author. Not only did she take on a taboo subject but she also took the road less traveled with the ending. I really did not see that coming. I am not usually a fan of age gap romance, but this story hooked me in very fast. For me, it didn’t seem that big a difference. I know there was a gap, but the way the author portrayed Theo, he always seemed to be younger than he was supposed to be. He rides a motorcycle and drives a charger. He just doesn’t give off that “old man” vibe. Chloe is a very interesting character. She has known the Blacks’ for years. She is best friends with his daughter, Izzy. What I found interesting was that for Chloe, the connection was always there. Their relationship was complicated. Having to hide and keep secrets. Always being careful to not let things slip. I really felt their emotional struggle throughout the story. This was a very well written book and I look forward to learning more about this author.

4 Stars 

I looked down at the person’s name that flashed on my screen. Mr. Black. Surprised, my heart caught speed, and I answered, my voice soft. “Mr. Black?” “Hey Chloe.” “Everything okay?” “I don’t know,” he said, voice low. “You tell me.” “What do you mean?” “You just gonna stay in your room and watch me, or are you gonna come over and actually talk to me?” I huffed a laugh, looking up, heat bombarding my cheeks. Being embarrassed would have been an understatement. “I’m—I don’t know what you mean.” “Turn on your lamp,” he demanded. “Why?” “I want to see you.” I looked towards my lamp, hesitating. He was quiet, waiting for me to follow through. I blew a breath, going for my lamp. Then I met at the window again, and he was still there. His expression had changed though. He was smiling now. It was gentle. Sweet. “Damn. Is there ever a time you don’t look good?” “Please,” I laughed, tugging on the hem of my tank. It was then that I realized I had no bra on. I covered my chest with my arm. “Don’t do that.” “Do what?” “Cover up. Just stand there… let me look at you.” Slowly dropping my hand, I stared ahead, allowing Mr. Black to get an eye-full. I was in my most natural state—hair up in a bun, shorts low, revealing too much leg, and sporting a white camisole that exposed firm, brown nipples. “What are we doing?” I asked, voice barely heard. He was quiet for a moment, his face serious now. “Picking up where we left off.”


New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author Shanora Williams considers herself a wondrous, down-to-earth author who's all about romance, paranormal, and the 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 series on Netflix.


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