Review: 100 PROOF by Shanora Williams

100 PROOF by Shanora Williams

Publication Date: May 16th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Length: pages
From New York Times bestselling author Shanora Williams comes an all-new sexy, forbidden romance about a recovering alcoholic fighting for his one and only love: his brother's fiancée.

I was the low life.
The screw up.
The hopeless one with no future.

He was the rich guy. The smart one. The one who had it all.
My parents admired everything he did, while I was known for being their greatest disappointment. I didn't follow the path they paved for me.

I drank,partied, and did whatever the hell I wanted. The buzz was something I couldn't live without - the fire that filled my veins after each sip always kept me running back for more.

But then I met her, and suddenly the drinks didn't matter. The parties weren't as fun. That fiery buzz came second for once.
I drowned only in her, wanting her more than I wanted to exist.
But even with her, I screwed things up.

Now, he's with the woman I love. And he may have her, but what he should know is that even with all of his money, that nice house, and his expensive cars, her mind, body, and soul will always belong to me.

And I'm not sorry about it, brother, 'cause she was mine first.

**100 PROOF is a standalone romance and is not connected to any other story.**


Just FYI, this isn't my first read from the author. I've read Tainted Black and unfortunately, the book isn't for me aka DNF. But this one is quite different and actually quite a safe read. Feels like a second chance romance but in a twisted way. Let me give you the proof.

It’s okay to let go,” she whispered when I had a long day. All I wanted was a cold, hard drink—something to cool my nerves and the flame inside me. “Just give yourself to me, Vinny. Don’t worry about drinking. Get drunk on me. Take me.”

Vin Chambers couldn't let go his love for a girl who left him. Well, it happened because his own fault. Even it was already too late but Vin is still positive that Marley will come back to him. When his step-brother about to get married, Vin was forced to attend as the best man because of his mother's request. The only family he has and respect. What a surprise when Vin saw the future bride is the one who got away from him.

Vin was not an okay guy at first. In the past, he's a party animal and totally a fuckboi. But Marley changed him. She's not like other girl (Well, duh!) and Vin fallen for her. Still, Vin couldn't stop his addiction with alcohol and drugs. Three years later, he sobered up. Vin is quite redeemable at this moment. He's also thinking about his future to have his own club.

Marley... is okay, I think. She's fun girl and didn't give a shit type at first. But something changed her when she decided to married someone whose obviously not her type. Marley blinded with the truth and ignore the reality. To her own surprise, Marley couldn't believe she met Vin again. And she felt conflicted between her safe haven and true love.

He was the sun, and as the helpless flower, I needed him. He was the rain, nourishing my stem and petals, giving me life, growth, and strength—giving me what his brother never could.
He was like a bumblebee, sucking away my rare nectar to build his own honeycomb full of sticky, sweet passion and love.

The story was told from dual POV between Vin and Marley. The story was dragging a bit because of the flashback of their past. But I found their past is interesting to follow because there's a cause behind their action. Both Vin and Marley have scarred and awful childhood. The different is, Vin went to destruction path without anyone to hold on and Marley stood up independently to change her life.

Vincent Chambers was my sweetest temptation, my favorite drug, and my greatest addiction. My cravings for him had come back full-force, and there wasn’t a thing I could do to stop it now.

The chemistry between Vin and Marley are still in there. They're still in lust with each other. Vin is a persistent bastard to corner Marley to be with him. Even she's engaged, of course. Maybe that's the forbidden element in the story. Their 'relationship' is a guilty pleasure. I couldn't stop roll my eyes with Marley's denial but won't stop devour their story. Well, there's some truth about the real Vin's family and I totally understand. Overall, a great 'second-chance' romance and enjoyable story.

Do you need me to say it?” she asked.
“Yeah,” I groaned. “Say it.”
“Get drunk on me, Vinny,” she breathed. “Take as much as you need. Be greedy with me if it’ll help cool the burn I know is in your veins. I’m here for you.”

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