Review: Black by by T.L. Smith

(Black #1)
by T.L. Smith
Publisher: Self-published
Publication date: Jan. 29, 2016
Genre: Dark Romance

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 sixteen, 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 ten years later, with a syringe in her arm.
Blood coming from her legs.
She was broken and I was glad she was broken. She wouldn’t think less of me and my damaged ways.



Black is sort of a second chance romance, mixed with suspense, and wrapped in a blanket of darkness. Black is actually a contract killer for hire. He wasn’t always a killer but a rough childhood conditioned him into what he is now. When at a local motorcycle club that he often does jobs for, Black comes across a one of the club’s prostitutes who’s completely doped up out of her mind. He immediately recognizes her as the girl he fell in love with back when he was a teenager. The girl who was there one moment and then disappeared without a trace. He has no idea how she got to where she is but he can’t just leave here there. So, he kidnaps her away from the club, gets her sober, and sends her on her way to get her life back in order. However, their past and future are intertwined by more than just a chance encounter and pretty soon Black and Rose have a whole motorcycle club banging on their doors looking for retribution.

Every once in a while I like to switch it up and dive into something a little dark. I just can’t take bubbly characters or happily ever afters book after book. So, I was really excited when I saw this book was free. It sounded good and has a great cover. However, that’s kind of where it all ends. I had a hard time getting into the story at first because I wasn’t a fan of the writing. There was no feeling behind what I was reading. It was as if I was reading someones journal or something. It was very disjointed and there was a lot of telling and not showing. It all just seemed superficial to me.

This story could have been better if there weren’t so many grammatical errors. There were missing words, sentences that didn’t make any sense, and times when names were used to address the wrong character. I can usually overlook these things when it’s an ARC because those haven’t been fully edited or released to the public yet. However, this book has been out for over a year and a half and it’s saturated in errors. I would be horribly upset if I paid $3 (current price for the ebook) and got what I just read.

As a whole, this story is interesting and has so much potential, but it just fell so flat. I feel like I just read someones summary of the book instead of the actual story. Not to mention that it definitely needs a good scrub down from an editor before it should be listed for sale again. While the book ends on a cliffhanger, I have no desire or drive to read the next book. I don’t see the need for the cliffhanger and felt like the story would have been fine if it ended without that little tidbit.


Favorite quote…

“People don’t love me, they run from me”


12 Thoughts on “Review: Black by by T.L. Smith

  1. Dark romance…hmmm, maybe

  2. Ouch. Too bad because that is an awesome cover.

    For What It’s Worth

  3. Bummer. I am sorry your experience with this one was a dud. Hope your next book will be better.

  4. This sounds like it had a lot of promise. I hate cliffhangers.

  5. Sounds like it could have really been better with a little more editing. Hm… not sure if it is for me. I like a dark book but it usually has to be written well. Still, you have me considering this one.

  6. Darn, I was sold when I saw the cover, but … yeah, think I’ll skip it.

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