“Readers are in for a thrilling and emotional ride with this one! The storyline is engrossing, the characters are complex, and the chemistry is off-the-charts palpable. It’s my favorite book by Samantha Young to date.”

— K.A. Tucker, international bestselling author of The Simple Wild

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.

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My Review

Jamie and Jane’s lives have been inexplicably connected since they were young, and despite the distance and the years they’ve spent apart, their lives, their hearts, and their souls remain entwined, twisted so tightly with both love and hate, both passion and pain, both truths and lies that it’s difficult to tell where one of them begins and the other ends because that’s how tied together they are, and regardless of what’s come between them and what Jamie sees his current mission in life, when they end up back in each other’s orbit, the tenuous bond they once shared becomes strewn together once more and tangled in a way that will either set Jamie’s black heart free or result in not a new beginning or a second chance, but an ending that neither are prepared for regardless of one’s motive being to do exactly that. To understand why everything in the present is happening, why the quest for revenge is even there and why it seems to overpower the love that was once felt and frankly still exists, it’s just overshadowed by past miscommunications and a litany of impulsive actions and reactions, it’s important to understand Jamie and Jane’s past – how they became like family and the slow journey they took to give their hearts to one another in a way that was forever. The story itself can actually be divided into two parts – part one illustrates their younger years together, the crushes that built, and the love that bloomed while part two focuses on the present, shedding light on where their lives are right now and the fallout that occurred going on more than half a decade. But a multitude of memories are difficult to outrun, even when negative thoughts and bitterness attempt to sweep them away…because a soul-deep love like the one that exists between Jamie and Jane can never be completely untangled, which is why when these two reenter each other’s lives, there’s no telling exactly what will occur because heightened feelings tend to force chaos and what that means for Jamie and Jane’s future remains unclear until the very end. Samantha Young allows readers an insider’s view of Jamie and Jane’s entire love story – from young crushes to young love to a life-defining connection – and Young also provides readers with both characters’ perspective, which requires us to look at all sides of the story, to understand how everything imploded and why Jamie has nothing left but his need for revenge until Jane’s presence in his life shifts both their lives, yet again, resulting in more than a little soul searching and a reassessment of lives’ priorities. The emotional overload found in the beautifully written prose, the masterfully constructed complex characters and the dynamic story line crafted to include angst, suspense, passion and so much more is what makes Black Tangled Heart such a spellbinding read and one of my absolute favorites of 2020. 5+ Poison Apples


I stared dully at my painting. My creative mood had left the building, under the weight of the many questions going around and around in my head. Adrenaline made it hard for me to sit still. Cursing Jamie under my breath, I grabbed my laundry basket and headed toward the front door. Peering through the peephole, I double-checked his door was shut before I left my apartment. Glowering at his door as I passed, I hurried downstairs. How the hell had he maneuvered himself into my building? And why?

To my gratitude, the laundry room was empty as I crashed around inside it. I hauled out my stash of detergent and softener from my allocated locker and started separating my whites. That rat bastard. My heart raced, sweat gathered under my arms, and it agitated me. An encounter with Jamie was the equivalent of fifteen shots of caffeine.

And I hated that he knew I was lying to Asher. Something he could easily hold over my head.

“You are a very angry laundry doer.”

Jamie’s deep, rich voice startled me. Trying to control my breathing, I glared over at him standing in the doorway. Arms and ankles crossed as he leaned casually against the jamb. He wore a T-shirt and jeans. Nothing had changed there.

He was still the sexiest man I’d ever seen.

God, I hate him.

“What the hell are you doing in this building?” I turned my back on him, marching over to the stacked washers and dryers.

“I had no idea you lived here,” he lied, his voice growing closer as he crossed the room toward me.

Attempting not to react physically, to not hunch my shoulders in tension, I stared unseeing at the machines. What was I in the middle of doing again?

“What a surprise to find out you’re my neighbor.”

I snorted in disbelief and turned around, shocked to find him already in my personal space. “Liar.” I dragged my gaze insolently down his body and back up. “Move away. And I mean that in more ways than one.”

“Oh, does my presence bother you?” His wicked smile caused somersaults in my belly.

“What are you doing here?” I ignored his proximity. Okay, I tried to ignore his proximity.

In answer, he stepped into me and I stumbled against the machines at my back. Jamie pressed the palms of his hands on the dryer, caging me in. My breath caught and held as his scent flooded me. That dark, earthy scent was enticing, and my body betrayed my emotions.

Feeling panic rise, I pushed at his chest, but he wouldn’t budge. “Jamie?”

Those ocean eyes wandered over my face, cold, calculating. “He doesn’t know who I am. You haven’t told him.”

I lowered my hands. Touching him was even more discombobulating. “No.”

He bent his head toward mine until our noses almost touched. I sucked in a breath. “I wonder why you’re keeping it from him?”

Determined not to let him see how much he affected me, I glared up at him. He’d only have to touch me, hold my hand, to realize I was trembling. His face was so familiar. His lips were lips I’d thought I’d kiss for the rest of my life. Why did the pain of it never dull? Why did it still feel like a shard of glass through my chest? “Did you leak those tapes of Foster Steadman to Asher’s mom?”

Something menacing flashed in his eyes before he banked it. “And if I did?”

“Are you being smart, Jamie?”

“Are you asking out of concern for me or for your billionaire boy toy?”


“Never mind. I don’t care.” The bastard dipped his nose to my throat, and I tensed against the stacked machines. He inhaled, his nose brushing my skin, and my fingers bit into the washer behind me. “You smell different,” he whispered, lifting his head to my ear. “Expensive perfume. You’ve come up in the world.”

I felt his breath caress my skin seconds before his teeth touched my earlobe. Gasping, I instinctively pushed my palms against his stomach as he bit down hard, causing a flush of heat between my legs.

With a dark chuckle, Jamie released my ear after one last nibble and whispered, “Is he the jealous type, Jane?”

Samantha Young is a New York Times and #1 International bestselling author from Stirlingshire, Scotland. On Dublin Street was Samantha’s first adult contemporary romance series and has sold in thirty countries. She has since published over thirteen romance titles including the New York Times Bestsellers Into the Deep, Hero, and her most recent contemporary romance Fight or Flight. When writing Adult Paranormal romance she writes under the pen name S. Young.

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