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Tainted Black (A Forbidden Love Story) by [Williams, Shanora]
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Length: 311 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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Editorial Reviews


  • "Forbidden, delicious and so daring. A beautiful story about first love, unexpected loss and the reality of growing up. Tainted Black is quite possibly my new favorite from Shanora Williams." - Bestselling author Tamysn Bester
  • "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." - Nancy's Romance Reads
  • "THIS BOOK is so BEAUTIFUL that it will literally make you cry. It's so completely STUNNING that you will feel EVERY SINGLE WORD. It's powerful, it's emotional and it will blow you away." - Jodi Bibliophile
  • "This is the best taboo story I've read in a while and certainly the best of the year for me." - Lina's Reviews Book Blog
  • "Once again, I was enraptured by Shanora's beautiful story telling. I've come to depend on her originality and holy hot alpha males! If loving Mr. Black is wrong... I don't wanna be right! Tainted Black is a taboo romance that will have you checking your morals at the door! It sizzles, it hurts, it breathes... And you feel it all! " - The Real Housewives of Romance

From the Author

AN UPDATED VERSION OF THE BOOK WAS UPLOADED ON OCTOBER 18TH. There were a few pointed out errors and editing mistakes in the first version, but this version has been re-edited and is as close to clean as possible.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2408 KB
  • Print Length: 311 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bombshell Romance, LLC (September 11, 2015)
  • Publication Date: September 11, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B014VN88Z0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,746 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.
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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.
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By Ashley on September 13, 2015
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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.
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Shanora Williams has delivered a taboo romance unlike any other. Forbidden. Passionate. Angsty. Steamy. Tainted Black is all that and more. It packs a punch and takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotion that you never want to get off from. From page one I was consumed and when I turned the last page I couldn't help but feel I lost a piece of myself in their story. Shanora definitely outdid herself with this one.

Two words. Theo Black. He is magnetic, sexy, possessive, and the ultimate bad boy. Or man rather.

Then there's Chloe. Sweet and innocent and much too young for the likes of Mr. Black.

Their chemistry though? Off the freaking charts.

It doesn't matter that he's 20 years her senior. It doesn't matter that he's her best friend's father. It doesn't matter that she's known him since she was 12 and is now 19.


None of it matters because in the name of love, all is fair.

I can't even express how much I loved and felt and hurt while reading these words. I was either melting or I was breaking. The angst woven through each chapter is unreal. I just felt so much that I never wanted it to end and when it did I felt lost.

Do yourself a favor. Pick up this book. Read it. And let it consume you.
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