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Title: Black Tangled Heart
Series: Play On #3
Author: Samantha Young
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 14 May 2020

Synopsis from Goodreads

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.

Black Tangled Heart Excerpt

*This is a complete standalone. The Play On series are books connected by the theme of the arts industry, not by characters.


Black Tangled Heart absolutely blew me away, at times it broke my heart and then warmed it. I haven’t been this affected by a story and it’s characters in quite a while. Black Tangled Heart had me glued to the pages and so completely invested in the lives of Jane and Jamie.

The book is divided into sections showing the past when Jane and Jamie met as teens, the things that has shaped their identities at that point and the way in which they dealt with their emotions; then moving onto the present revealing the depth of the impact the past had on both Jane and Jamie.

While Jane secretly carries a torch for Jamie from the beginning, Jamie is too wrapped up in himself to notice Jane as anything other than his little sister’s best friend. Until he goes to college and the distance gives him some perspective. The intensity of their relationship borders on co-dependency but honestly I felt as if they were soul-mates, each half of a whole and the only way they could be whole was to be together.

There is a heck of a lot going on in the plot besides the relationship between Jane and Jamie; astounding character development, how tragic events shape our identities, toxic friendships, family dynamics as well as a nod to the #metoo movement. It’s heart-wrenching stuff, tempered by the hope that love will overcome all obstacles.

There is a complete curve-ball thrown into the narrative between the past and the present which adds a mind-blowing twist to the plot. Making the interactions between Jane and Jamie extremely volatile while they work through the events that have led them to where they are in their lives.

Black Tangled Heart is one of those books that when you start it you won’t be able to put it down. I curled up in the corner of the sofa to drink my morning coffee when I started reading it and finished it later that evening. Every time I think of Jane and Jamie a wealth of emotions flood through me, it takes exceptional writing talent to produce such a connection to the characters ❤