Goodreads Rating: 4. 28/ 5 stars
My Rating: ★★★★ / 5 stars
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance, Coming of Age
Publication Date: May 15th 2020
Publisher: Self published
Black Tangled Heart is a complete standalone. The Play On series are books connected by the theme of the arts industry, not by characters, and can be read in any order.
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.
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Ms. Samantha Young forewarned us that this novel will be an emotional roller coaster ride but I never expected it’ll be draining/ this heavy. Black Tangled Heart is a coming-of-age romance novel about Jane Doe & Jamie McKenna. A trigger warning for everyone: it tackles abuse, addiction and has a revenge plot. If you uncomfortable with these topics, this might not be for you.
Jane Doe / Margot Higgins is a foster kid. Being an orphan at such a young age taught her a lot of lessons living in different households. You can say she’s mature for her age and she’s tougher and more independent than most kids. She’s a lonely girl who’s longing for love and affection. She found a family through her neighbors — The McKennas. She’s best friends with Lorna and she has an older sister, Skye, who’s a rising star and Jamie, a future writer and Jane’s love interest.
Jamie and Jane are connected with each other because of the pain they experienced and their passion for literature. Jamie is fascinated by her mysteriousness and they enjoy each others company. However, Jane promised Lorna she wouldn’t date her brother or their friendship is done. It sounds selfish for Lorna and I lowkey hated her giving Jane an ultimatum. Their friendship is toxic as hell and if I were Jane, I shouldn’t be friends with her.
Jane and Jamie dated shortly and torn apart when tragedy hits. Years later, they became enemies and there’s a lot of pent up sexual tension between them. Will they ever find forgiveness and rekindle their relationship?
I have to omit some details to avoid spoilers. The story was gritty and slightly dark especially when you get on the second half of the story as the revenge plot takes in. Ms. Young outdone herself with that. Reviewing this book is a challenge. I need to compose myself after all the things happened in this book. It was a beautiful dark tale and I wish Jamie groveled more. Jane is too forgiving and he’s lucky for that. Anyways, I love Jane very much. I want to protect her at all cost and I want to give her a tight hug.