I have been in love with Samantha Young’s writing since listening on On Dublin Street on audiobook. Then, she writes the best damn book of all time, Fight or Flight, and I knew she would be on me auto-buy list moving forward.
No one can write about love quite like Samantha Young and Black Tangled Heart is no exception. Listen, I love my husband with every fiber of my being, but dear lord, reading about Jane and Jamie, I honestly don’t think anyone on earth loves as much as these two do. And that’s all due to Young’s ability to take the almost undefinable and indescribable emotion of love and put in onto a page.
Jane is living with her foster family in California and doesn’t feel like she fits in. The family she is with is loving enough and they want the best for her, but Jane doesn’t have a part in the family.
One day, she’s sitting out on the stairs and runs into a girl who decides that Jane is going to be her best friend. Lorna and her brother, Jamie, recently moved out to live with their sister Skye after their mother passed away. Skye is a fairly successful actress and has the money and space to take care of her siblings.
Lorna and Jane become inseparable and do just about everything together. As Lorna, Skye, Jamie, and Jane spend more time together, they create their own little family all the while Jane’s feelings for Jamie are turning more and more romantic.
Jane doesn’t want to act on these feelings because when Lorna and her initially decided they’d be friends, one of the rules, or stipulations to their friendship, is that Jane is not allowed to crush on Jamie.
But as the two continue to learn more about one another, their feelings grow from like to love – leaving Lorna feeling like she’s on the out.
Some pretty tragic things happen [I won’t spoil them for you], and Jamie and Jane are forced apart, only to be reintroduced to one another 5 years later – but this time, they’re not lovers, they’re enemies.
Jane: Such a mature character. She actually may be one of my favorite FMC that I’ve ready in a long time – not because she’s exceptionally strong or powerful, but she’s so human and real.
I can’t imagine what it feels like to have the past that Jane has had and I’d imagine she has serious identity issues. [You’ll see what I mean].
‘That girl deserves to be loved,’ I said, my voice horse with emotion and a little discomfort. ‘ No one has ever loved her right, except for you. Not even Lorna. When a guy comes along, he needs to love her hard. To make up for all the times people forgot to love her.’
Jamie: Jamie tries to go the best fro everyone and is Fiercely protective of the people he loves. So much so he’ll do just about anything to protect them. I love Jamie because he feels things so deeply and isn’t afraid of his feelings.
He’s had some pretty shitting things happen to him and is rather resilient, considering
Let’s Talk About (the) Sex, Baby!
I tend to feel a bit icky when I have to read about new adults having sex, but Young doesn’t make you feel like these characters are their traditional age. While they may only be 17/18/19/20 in the beginning of the book, they’re well beyond their years in maturity.
His growl of need vibrated down my through, tugging deep in my belly. We stumbled against the wall as Jamie gripped the back of my neck with one hand and slid the other down my stomach. His fingers hooked inside the waistband of my jeans, yanking me into his body.
I don’t think I’ve every read a book that actually makes me FEEL how much two characters love one another more than this book. Jesus lord, what a freaking journey this book takes you on. I laughed, I cried, my heart broke, and my heart was mended all within the front and back covers.
I have a TON of highlighted notes in this book but it’s basically the entire book! But I’ll leave you with this quote!
I understood that no matter how we all might be in agony together, grieving was a solitary journey. No one else could do it for you.