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Publisher's Summary

I am loyal, but I will betray you. I am strong, but I have scars. I am an angel, but the devil. I met her when I was 16 and she was a breath of fresh air. She swooped in, making me smile. But then she left, taking my next breath with her. Her smile could light up a room, making my black heart pitter patter. I found her again 10 years later, with a syringe in her arm. Blood coming from between her legs. She was broken and I was glad she was broken. She wouldn't think less of me and my damaged ways.

©2016 TL Smith (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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I really tried!

After seeing some of the reviews I was excited to start this. I tried sooooo hard to get into this story but it was really just plain boring and drug on and on. The narrators were so so - I haven't heard them before and in the beginning, they really got on my nerves but as it went on I got used to them although the male is very slow and even when speeding it up it didn't help.
I am sure others will enjoy this - as you can see from the other reviews but I stopped with only about an hour left cause I just couldn't do it anymore.

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Amazeballs!!!!

Would you listen to Black again? Why?
Yes since I adore this story!

What other books might you compare Black to and why?
RED by TL Smith

What does Cat Gould and P. J. Ochlan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
the narration was spot on! Plus the accents!! Swoon!

If you could rename Black, what would you call it?
The Grim Reaper

Any additional comments?
T.L. Smith has done it! I totally feel gutted at this moment!
I dove right into this book I couldn't put it down.
Black is was everything I was hoping it would be dark, cunning, gritty and lustful!
There were moments in the book where I thought. I was going to need a blood pressure pill!
I must say there is something about broken characters that brings me to my knees.
Then there is a frickin Cliffhanger! Yes, a cliffhanger! KIll ME NOW!

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OMG

I am bawling. A book hasn't gotten to me like this has in years. What a love story.

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I Just..

If you could sum up Black in three words, what would they be?

Storyline + Me = Anxiety

What was one of the most memorable moments of Black?

When Black finds himself becoming a " father " without realizing what he has done. I felt the humor and feeling there- up until this point, I am thinking what the absolute mind-altering f*** is going on?

Have you listened to any of Cat Gould and P. J. Ochlan ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, this is my first time!
I will be honest, at first, I did not think they'd be my ears cup of tea, but quickly they grew on me, and I could not picture the characters any other way.

Who was the most memorable character of Black and why?

Black and Hayden ( Ha )
Black because I am still trying to wrap my head around that dynamic, he is this stone cold killer, that cannot have feelings - it interferes with his job, but his mannerisms contradict him! MEN I swear! Hayden, I had a soft spot for the boy, just because I felt terrible for him, and he loved Black knowing he was a dark man anyway.
I could not bring myself to like Rose- the girl was whiny, supposed to be taking care of herself but seemed like she always needed others, had an excuse for everything and was forever taking a beating but had the nerve to give Black moral judgement calls for what he did even though it was all for her. ** Look at me getting all worked up** ha

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So! This one took me a while to get into- now normally I would have DNF'd it and moved on.But something kept pulling me back in- There are a lot ( IMO of course ) characters and settings introduced which can cause confusion with some interesting emotional plays I did not quite understand. I have read many MC series so that aspect is not new.. Regardless, I am glad that I kept listening, for me, the storyline picked up about halfway through after all back and forth stuff, by that point, I was drawn in and could not stop listening!
It became an emotional bloodbath! Crazy hot, heart hurt, drama-laced, fast-moving had me wanting more!
With a surprise, Oh, No! It did not just end like that?! Humpfh!

Sigh! Well, I have to say again I am glad I kept on listening, I would have hated myself or missing out on that second half. Now I am going to have to go find the next book! Well done sucking me in- that I did not see coming!

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Great storyline

It took awhile for the story to come together. But I really enjoyed the book. I looking forward to the next book in the sequel and I can’t wait to see how the story ends.

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WORST ENDING EVER!!!

this is really a rather stupid book! I'm sorry but if the man I loved told me that he was an assassin and he sold me to the people that had completely and totally destroyed me I would have a serious problem with it. I wouldn't immediately want to have sex with him and tell him he was a good man. Even if he did love her it's quite obvious he was not a good man. he killed people for money for heaven's sake! I do love how he has such a soft spot or Aiden (I think that's his name?) 😕 it's not a horrible read if you get it for free but don't waste a credit on it. don't really like the male narrators voice either a little too gravelly but you get used to it

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Not bad, but not great either

I read many of the comments before listening to this book and found that I disagreed with those who said that Blacks voice was flat... I think it fit his character well. Roses voice I wasn’t fond of it was too weak and I don’t think that’s who she is.
I’ve listened to stories that were by far worse than this and didn’t find anything overly graphic and disturbing, but definitely not for kids.
As for the story, it does take a little while to “get into it” and I agree the book ends rather abruptly with the intention of a future book. I find that I am not as invested in the characters as I’d like to be in order to continue to listen, not because of the readers so much as the story. So unless the next in the series is free I won’t be listening further.

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Kept me guessing

Wow. I haven’t been this into a book in a long time. I read a lot and am kind of used to the different storylines books tend to follow. This one was gritty, yet sweet in its own way and kept me guessing right up to the very last sentence. When I figured out there were two more books, I couldn’t wait to start those. Since audible isn’t great at showing series, it goes: 1. Black 2. Red 3. White

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Read if you love human traffickers

Spoiler warning

Read this book if you find someone who sells women into sex slavery a truly good person. That’s the conceit. You know he’s a murder going into the book but turns out he was actually the person to sell her into sex slavery with this gang that kept her drugged for years.

But he had a rough childhood so all is forgiven.

The premise is terrible, also stupid (who calls the person who sells them a good person who’s just misunderstood by everyone else), and it’s not even exciting or sexy.

There is so much more bad but I’m not wasting any more time on this garbage.

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Trigger alert!!!

Lots of rape, forced use of drugs and explicit violence.

The history was OK, the ending was absurdly drag out, so they could do another book. This book should be at least 3 chapters shorter.

But honestly, this girl narration is terrible. She often sounds like a robot reading. To many pauses! Super annoying.

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  • 06-08-20

intense love story

WOW! This is an intense and action packed story. How the feelings that Rose and Black had for one another even after many years and the turmoil in their young lives. Even though Black had put up a barrier around his heart, Rose still got through. Definitely worth a read and certainly deserves 5 star rating. I can't wait for the next instalment.