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Black Iris by Leah Raeder

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The description from Goodreads:

The next dark and sexy romantic suspense novel from the USA Today bestselling author of Unteachable.
It only took one moment of weakness for Laney Keating’s world to fall apart. One stupid gesture for a hopeless crush. Then the rumors began. Slut, they called her. Queer. Psycho. Mentally ill, messed up, so messed up even her own mother decided she wasn’t worth sticking around for.
If Laney could erase that whole year, she would. College is her chance to start with a clean slate.
She’s not looking for new friends, but they find her: charming, handsome Armin, the only guy patient enough to work through her thorny defenses—and fiery, filterless Blythe, the bad girl and partner in crime who has thorns of her own.
But Laney knows nothing good ever lasts. When a ghost from her past resurfaces—the bully who broke her down completely—she decides it’s time to live up to her own legend. And Armin and Blythe are going to help.
Which was the plan all along.
Because the rumors are true. Every single one. And Laney is going to show them just how true.
She’s going to show them all.

Let me start off by saying Unteachable by Leah Raeder was one of my favourite books in 2013.

I stumbled across Black Iris on Goodreads, bought the digital edition and started it right away. I did all that despite the fact that I’ve purchased 18 new books in the last 2 months and they’re all just waiting, on my bookshelf, to be read. #insatiablebookproblems

I prolonged finishing this book as much as I could. After a couple hours of feverish reading I found myself at 53%, completely spellbound, in a panic about finishing it too quickly.

I loved everything about this book. Let me list them all:

-the past and present chapters
-the complicated, flawed, sexy characters and relationships, especially between Blythe, Laney and Armin
-the picturesque settings
-how intense and dark the story is
-the sweet, sweet sexual tension
-I didn’t anticipate the twist in the story
-the way the book ended (except for Armin)
-the way the author’s writing makes you feel

Reading Leah Raeder books carry you up and away in the moment, you feel drunk and high on fuzzy, warm, sexy feelings and then you plummet to feel the horrible things too. Her books are an emotional rollercoaster and this was no exception.

Black Iris is full of poetic, lyrical writing, which I usually don’t enjoy but I didn’t seem to mind it.

This is such a good book. It’s so dark and sexy and addicting, I loved reading it and I loved the way it made me feel.

I give this book 5 stars.

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