Forever Black by Sandi Lynn

SassySub Heaux Book Rating: 4 Stars 

Summary from the author:
When Ellery moved to New York with her boyfriend, she thought they’d live happily ever after in their small New York apartment. She never thought he’d pack his bags and leave because he “needed space.”
With her newfound single status and fear of being alone, Ellery buries herself in her artwork and paintings until one night she helps a mysterious intoxicated stranger get home safely. Little did she know the mysterious stranger is none other than CEO and millionaire Connor Black. After finding Ellery in his kitchen the next morning and assuming she broke his #1 rule about sleepovers, he becomes intrigued, not only by her stubbornness and defiance, but by her kindness.
Connor Black, emotionally dead and damaged, that stemmed from a personal tragedy, made a vow to never love or fall in love with a woman, until Ellery Lane walked into his life by accident. After she opens up and shows him her world, Connor starts to feel emotions and feelings he never knew existed. Despite the rumors and warnings regarding Connor Black and his use and misuse of women, Ellery finds herself being drawn into his world.
Ellery knows they can never be together because she is harboring a deep secret that could destroy Connor emotionally forever.
Join Connor and Ellery as they embark on a journey of courage, love and strength. Will it be enough to save them?

Ok people I’m going to be really honest about this book: I really liked the story but there were some major grammatical issues, that really irritated me, and I believe they would have been corrected had this book been properly edited. The most annoying problem was the way the author mixed past and present tenses in her sentences. Then you have your standard problems with words being left out and words that should have been removed left in the sentence. Also, one thing that bothered me when reading the character’s dialogue was the lack of contractions. It made the conversations feel awkward and way too formal. When people speak in conversations they naturally contract words which never happened in this book. So having gotten that complaint out of the way, I have to say that overall I did really like this story. The story did have some flow problems though. Instead of the slow building love, that we are so used to, the main characters go from being friends with secret feelings to declaring their infinite love for each other overnight. I think when an author goes that quickly from one extreme to the other it makes it less believable. I also didn’t care for some of the real extreme emotions that were displayed by Ellery, Connor and the ex-boyfriend Kyle. It seemed like they could go from being tender and loving one moment to extreme anger and shouting at the drop of a hat. I understand that some of Ellery’s anger is justified, and necessary, to show how difficult it is for her to deal with her secret but I feel like it was too much when it came to other situations in the book. Especially when Connor can go from declaring his love to Ellery and then when finding out her secret he can immediately look at her and tell her he never wants to have anything to do with her ever again. And the author gives us insight into Connor’s thinking only once in this book. There is one chapter from his POV and all the rest is just Ellery. I think the book would have been much better had we known what was going on inside of Connor’s mind once the big secret was revealed to him. This story was also a major tear jerker and there was more than one occasion where I found myself ugly crying. It’s also nice that this is a stand alone book that has a nice ending and no cliffhangers. The Epilogue wrapped up the story nicely. I liked this book and I think others will enjoy it too.