Saturday, 23 May 2020

Black Tangled Heart (Play On #3) by Samantha Young #bookreview #romance
Black Tangled Heart

(Play On #3)


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.

It won't.

*This is a complete standalone. The Play On series are books connected by the theme of the arts industry, not by characters.

Source: Kindle Unlimited
Genre: Adult Contemporary
Part 3 of a standalone series or Standalone

My Black Tangled Heart Review . . .

I have always adored Samantha Young and she has given us another amazing story in Black Tangled Heart.   This time around we have Jane doe and Jamie McKenna.   Their story was heartbreaking yet poignantly beautiful.

Jane was wiser than her years and such a great character.  We could all learn from someone like Jane in our lives.  She didn't let what happened to her define her, instead she became a strong independent strong soul who can live each day to her fullest and see the worst in people but gave them the benefit of the doubt until they proved her wrong.  Then she made clear boundaries.  She was fierce and loyal.

" . . . I think we walk through the halls at high school thinking no one can understand the crap we've been through, but almost everyone has a secret.  A pain they don't talk about."

Jane meets the McKenna's when Lorna befriends her early on.   I originally liked Lorna but she ends up not being so nice.  Lorna's character was written very well that you understood why she behaved the way she did, but you were also still hurt by her actions because Jane gets into your hearts.

Through Lorna comes Skye the big sister and Jamie the grumpy brother.  The moment Jane sees Jamie she knows something is different but it takes some years for Jamie to truly see Jane.

"No one has ever loved her right, except for you.  Not even Lorna.  When a guy comes along, he needs to lover her hard.  To make up for all the times people forgot to lover her."  Or the times it was taken away from her, like with her adoptive parents.  Just the thought of Jane feeling unloved made me want to punch a fist through the wall.  "I plan to be the guy who loves her like that."
Jamie starts as such a grumpy angry teen but he grows into something so much more.  Then his world implodes.  He was well written and you got to feel his pain and resentment.

The way the book was written,  reels you in that you are entrenched into the story.   You are pulled along their journey of love and heartbreak.   We get the past where we see Jane and Jamie find each other and then we get the present on how things are.   There is suspense. There is intrigue.  There is revenge.  There is heart break, and there is also so much love.

"But I survived you, Jamie.  I survived you then, and I will survive you now.  You know why?  Because I have to believe that one day, someone will come along who loves me so much,  he could never imagine a world in which he'd abandon me."
I know stories need angst and I understand that but assumptions and lack of communications are the bane of our existence in real life so when I see them in stories all the time I get frustrated because there wouldn't be so much pain if people just communicated in real life or fiction.   With a love like Jane and Jamie, at times I was frustrated they didn't confront one another.  Thankfully we got the bottom of this and yes that part was a bit predictable though I was happy to get the resolution.

Even though I was a tiny bit frustrated with the communication issue it still was a great story and had a great ending.   I wasn't sure how it was going to all play out in the end but I got the ending I wanted.  I loved Jamie and Jane together.      

4 Heart felt thumbs up! 

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