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Published by Simon and Schuster on April 28th 2015
Genres: Fiction, New Adult, Romance, Suspense, Thrillers
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Also by this author: Unteachable, Cam Girl
The next dark and sexy romantic suspense novel from the USA TODAY bestselling author of Unteachable, which was praised for its “lush, haunting prose, deft storytelling, and scorching sensuality” (M. Pierce, bestselling author of the Night Owl trilogy), and called “one of the best forbidden romances” (Lauren Blakely, New York Times bestselling author).“Love is not a thing that we create. It’s an undoing.” 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.
Black Iris is a book that will make you think. It’s dark, gritty, and amazing.
I was pulled into the story. My heart broke with everything Laney had to go through. She’s lived a life of not being able to trust people, fear, hate, and trying to find her place. She feels let down by some of the people that are supposed to love her. Most have only ever shown her hatred, or publicly humiliated her. She’s struggles with defining her sexuality in order to keep from getting hurt. And that is what breaks my hear the most. There are so many moments where Laney shows her strength, and I applaud her for standing up for herself even though the way she does it isn’t conventional.
The plot is amazing. You’re not sure exactly what is going on, or whom Laney is trying to get her revenge with. The story unravels by going to past and present. Through the past year. You get glimpses of some horrifying events, and how Laney comes through them. Some stronger, and some completely torn apart.
This is such a thought-provoking read, and I loved it. And to all those out there… be who you are, some people suck, but there are those out there who accept all of you!
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