Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Review: Piper Payne's "Breathing Black (The Black and White Duet #1)".

The Hopeless Romantics Book Blog are pleased to be a part of the Blog Tour for Piper Payne's "Breathing Black."


A desolate childhood; a scarred, jaded, damaged girl. Larkin Grant knew she couldn’t end up like her mother … so she ran. All her belongings packed in the back of a rusted, brown Cadillac, her best friend June in the passenger seat as the co-pilot, she fled Aspen and never looked back.

A new life in a new city, Larkin was finally starting to breathe again, an unfamiliar sense of happiness seeping into her lungs. Landon Black, the boy she loved from afar, came back into her life despite leaving him and her awful memories buried hundreds of miles away. A weakened pulse brought back to life.

He said she was beautiful. She was starting to believe him. He pursued her and changed the course of everyone’s plans. Life had dealt Larkin a cruel hand, but maybe this was it. Maybe the boy that never knew she existed finally saw her and came to free her from the darkness of her past.

But we are never truly free. There are secrets that bind us and lies that unravel from the most beautiful of lips. Blackness that suffocates and makes us question everything we thought we knew. Larkin and Landon are intertwined in ways they never imagined, their future unclear as ghosts come back to haunt them.

Friendship. Revenge. Love. Drugs. Murder. Deceit. 


Wow! What a brilliant read this was. Although I wasn't initially pulled in by this book, once I'd read the first few chapters I found myself hooked. The story was full of drama and suspense and even though I found myself attempting to second guess what was going to happen, it was impossible to predict. I was kept on my toes every step of the way. And the ending, OMG!! It crippled me!! I need the next book in my life asap. 

Larkin had a miserable life, nothing had been easy for her so as soon as she was able to, and with the help of best friend June, they left to make a new life for themselves. What they didn't count on was that Larkin's past was to follow her. So much for a new start! 

"How can you learn to live when all you've done your entire life is die?" 

My heart went out to Larkin. Her life was a tragic one. She deserved some happiness and for a short time I thought she had found it but sadly, her life was once again turning bleak. I felt truly sorry for her. 

Landon Black was the boy that Larkin loved throughout most of her school years but unfortunately, it was unrequited love. He was a boy that she thought she would never stand a chance with so when Landon entered her new life and showed an interest, she couldn't believe what was happening. Had fate reunited them? The pair found that they shared a connection and Landon was desperate to get to know Larkin. They began what I thought was a beautiful relationship. 

If anyone was going to shred my heart, I might as well let it be Landon Black, 
the one who started it beating in the first place.

Landon appeared to be a damaged, lost man who came alive when he was with Larkin. It seemed that he could be his true self with her and I found myself falling for that side of him. however, I had a feeling that he wasn't being truthful and I wondered if he was hiding something. There was something about him that I just didn't trust. I couldn't help but be suspicious of him and his intentions. 

"Even a monster can mask himself as Prince Charming." 

Despite my uncertainty about Landon I did enjoy the relationship the couple shared. The pair truly clicked and I was rooting for things to work out for them. 

I loved the secondary characters in this story, especially June. I loved her friendship with Larkin. They shared such a special bond, connecting through awful circumstances. My heart also went out to June, for the horrific life that she had also experienced. I wanted so much for their new life to be happy and exciting but I will have to wait for the next book to see if they find their much deserved happiness. 

I was giving him my body right along with my heart and 
I wondered how painful it would be when he broke it. 

"Breathing Black" was brilliantly written and is a story that I truly recommend and as such it gets  ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Unpredictable Hearts from me! 


It was amazing the kind of damage you could plan by only using your mind. You shouldn’t just be scared of evil thoughts, those dormant, guilt ridden, tame, evil thoughts. When those thoughts started to throb, thump–thump; justified, itching, blurring right and wrong, making you feel vindicated into action … that was when you should be scared. 

What started out as an idea for survival had now turned into revenge. The more I plotted, the more I hated myself because I felt like my mother, conniving and devious. I tried to not lose sight of the who and the why. Before, it was guilt that drove me to find answers, but now it was pain. I couldn’t help it. I wanted this act of retaliation to hurt and devastate those that had hurt me. I wanted an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. What scared me the most was that I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to pull off what I’d planned and I may sell my fictitious soul for nothing.

About the Author:

My love for literature and writing is an addiction. My mind is continually telling stories and I have a queue of books I want to write being stacked up in my brain. I don’t know how to write pretty and perfect so I write perfectly flawed and unpredictable. Just like life. 

I’m married to my best friend and I’m mother to three little miracles. I love going to farmers markets, bookstores, and long drives with my family in my ruby red Bronco. I also have an unhealthy love for makeup, Oreos, Halloween, queso dip, psychic readings, sushi, massages, and Redd’s Apple Ale. 

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