Thursday, September 22, 2016

Black Sheep by Tabatha Vargo





Goodreads Review



Ever since the day I was dropped at her family’s door
HUNGRY, DIRTY, and TORN,
I’ve wanted her.
But to taint her perfect skin with my black touch would be a SIN.
So I made a pact with myself—
NEVER TOUCH NICOLE PALMER.
However, when she returns home from college, she’s different, and I’m not sure I can trust myself to keep my pact. I can’t submit to her TEMPTATION no matter how sweetly she begs because she’s the GOLDEN CHILD and I’m the BLACK SHEEP.
 



I am most certainly in the minority here. I can see why so many people liked this book there is angst, heart-breaking moments intermixed with anger, hurt and pain. What I missed? Some happy moments. I don’t expect rainbows and unicorns.  

I personally didn’t feel as if Nicole and Tyson had a connection really there was always this invisible wall between them and I just didn’t get it. I know it was due to Tyson and his issues but I didn’t see them gaining any ground.

There is a constant push and pull with the MC that it is at times it was painful to read. The Hero thinks that the heroine is light, and pure and innocent to his darkness, his contagiousness. It is clear that he has never overcome what has happened to him. I didn’t see any development in the book to him developing as a character.

Nicole has always loved Tyson. I admire the heroine’s tenaciousness towards the Hero but then again love is a fickle thing and well what people don’t do for love or in this case do. But at some point was it all really worth it? It was for Nicole. See? It’s me that is the problem here with the book.

Nicole and Tyson’s relationship is complicated. At the age of 12 Tyson is taken in by the Palmers and his life changes somewhat for the better especially when he sees an angel, Nicole Palmer. Over the years Tyson develops feelings but knows he can never act on them as the Palmers offered their home to him. He also doesn’t want to taint Nicole and their lives so he is always an outsider.

I did find it slow at times but then it would pick up again and when I finally thought that we were gaining ground we weren’t and went back to square one.  Which got tedious at best.

From what I read all in all the author is talented and she knows how to suck you into a story that leaves you helpless with your emotions but also angry of the unfairness of it all. For the fact that this is borderline YA on the cusp of NA there are some very violent themes that not everyone will be able to deal with.