Friday, May 8, 2015

BOOK REVIEW - Black Iris by Leah Raeder

The next dark and sexy romantic suspense novel from the USA Todaybestselling author of Unteachable.

It only took one moment of weakness for Laney Keating’s world to fall APART. One stupid gesture for a hopeless crush. Then the rumors began. Slut, they called her. Queer. Psycho. Mentally ill, messed up, so messed up even her own mother decided she wasn't worth sticking around for.

If Laney could erase that whole year, she would. College is her chance to start with a clean slate.

She's not looking for new FRIENDS, but they find her: charming, handsome Armin, the only guy patient enough to work through her thorny defenses—and fiery, filterless Blythe, the bad girl and partner in crime who has thorns of her own.

But Laney knows nothing good ever lasts. When a ghost from her past resurfaces—the bully who broke her down completely—she decides it's time to live up to her own legend. And Armin and Blythe are going to help.

Which was the plan all along.

Because the rumors are true. Every SINGLE one. And Laney is going to show them just how true.

She's going to show them all


So as a fan of Leah Raeders Unteachable, I jumped at the chance to review Black Iris and expected nothing other that superb writing - and that's exactly what I got. Leah has a spell binding talent that draws you in and keeps you under her spell. No matter what happens, you can't stop. You always need to know the end game. Her writing is THAT good. So I was ecstatic when Black Iris showed up on my kindle.

I don't typically read a blurb, I like the element of surprise, the moment the book clicks into place and you know - y'all know that stomach dropping moment I'm talking about right? Most all books have them. When this book starts, it starts. Pulling you into a less than merry world. A world of hurt and anger (this was not expected on me end) 

Black Iris is dark and gritty and painful to read. A story of revenge. Hardcore, cut throat revenge. Laney is an anti-hero of sorts. There's nothing 'normal' about her life. She has a main goal in life and she plans on making all her plans - a reality. And that is exactly what she does. I don't really want to divulge in story too much because holy batman spoilers, at the stuff I could potentially ruin and the best part of the story is when you finally inderstand exactly who and what Laney is chasing. Her demons are strong and they are many. She won't stop until revenge is hers.

Now while this was an incredibly well thought out story, and the characters were well developed. There was still something I couldn't fully (as a reader) connect with. Yes, it was an great book. Yes, it had a little bit of everything. Yes, it kept me guessing at all moments. But something just never connected me with this story  and I cannot pin point it. Do I think you should read it? Yes! 100% especially if you're a fan of dark reads (I don't think many fluffy love story readers will enjoy this) So give it chance! Oh and yes there's f/f action in here, I feel the need to throw that in as I've been asked and trust me, it's really no different than reading m/f. Honestly, do not let that stray you from the story - it's time we move past the traditional thoughts and see that love is love - yeah it's that simple. 

I give this book 3.5-4 stars 




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