Atria Books / April 28, 2015 / $15.00 print, $5.99 digital
The next dark and sexy romantic suspense novel from the USA TODAY bestselling author of Unteachable, which was praised for its “lush, haunting prose, deft storytelling, and scorching sensuality” (M. Pierce, bestselling author of the Night Owl trilogy), and called “one of the best forbidden romances” (Lauren Blakely, New York Times bestselling author).
“Love is not a thing that we create. It’s an undoing.”
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.
In Leah Raeder’s second book, Delaney Keating has a certain disdain for the “typical college romance novel,” and Black Iris is anything but. Emily Thorne has nothing on Laney, and Raeder’s novel is a cross between “Revenge” and “How to Get Away with Murder,” on steroids. Here’s an idea of just what young people on the cusp of adulthood really are dealing with, a dark world of sexuality undefined, drugs, and what Laney herself perhaps describes best as “Machiavellian masturbation.” It’s a head-trip, but it’s a big foray into an under-represented and misunderstood sector of romance, and Raeder brutally and passionately conveys a story that may just turn all expectations upside down.