Rating 4.5 Stars
What’s the book about?
To my siblings, Jane was a friend. A pseudo-sister, the girl we grew up with.
To me? She was everything.
Our passion consumed us.
When our world fell apart, I thought our love would be the thing that held us together.
She was the love of my life. But she abandoned me when I needed her most.
And I’ll never forgive her.
For years I’ve been planning my revenge against the people who took everything from me.
Jane won’t be an exception. I’m coming for her.
She knows it.
She says she wants to help me serve my version of justice on the people who hurt me.
I’ll let her.
She probably thinks it will save her from me.
Please note: This is a complete standalone. The Play On series are books connected by the theme of the arts industry, not by characters.
I jumped for joy when I found out I was getting an arc of Samantha Young’s latest story in the Play On series! I’m a huge fan of Samantha Young’s work and I absolutely adore her Play On series. This series is interconnected by the theme of the arts industry rather than characters and so far we’ve been introduced to various aspects of acting, composing and singing. With Black Tangled Heart’s latest release, we now can add writing, sketching, painting and hints of ballet. This series is perfect for anyone who loves the arts industry and contemporary romance!
One of the biggest things I love about this story is the depth Young goes into discussing the difference between justice and vengeance. The hero, Jamie, goes through a traumatic experience getting wrongly accused and punished, and this forces him to believe getting revenge is his only way to get past everything, including seeking vengeance on the heroine who he believes betrayed him. Jane, the heroine, forces Jamie to look beyond his immediate pain and focus on what could become of his future.
Jamie and Jane’s relationship was beautiful to watch grow from acquaintances to tentative friends and later into lovers. Jane is wise beyond her years and brings some of that wisdom into her relationship with Jamie. Likewise, Jamie brings his ability to love wholly into Jane’s life and shows her exactly what real love is meant to feel like; something Jane has been sorely missing from her life.
Black Tangled Heart was a beautiful story about love, revenge, redemption and second chances. The characters were complex and well developed, the romance was sweet and fierce, and the storyline intricate. I loved every minute of this book and can’t wait to see what else Young released in future!
Disclaimer: Thank you to Samantha Young and Valentine PR for the arc in exchange for an honest review.
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About the Author
She’s a Scottish bookworm whose dream of writing full time came true. Thanks to readers her books have hit the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists and several of her books have been nominated for Goodreads Choice Awards. She writes adult contemporary and paranormal romance, YA urban fantasy and YA contemporary fiction. To her awe and delight she’s currently published in 30 countries and a #1 international bestselling author.