Tainted Blood (Tainted #1)
Gabriel Jordan lives a lonely life on the streets, taking the rare job that usually means spending hours in the cold, waiting for a chance to take a photograph of a cheating spouse. That-s how he meets Dr. Aleksei Tennant-who he sees suspiciously jumping from a window of a woman-s apartment. Tennant introduces Gabriel to the hidden worlds, magical worlds connected to this...more
This is a great pairing, the downbeat, desperate and magic-ignorant Gabriel and the powerful, aloof Dr Tennant. They are thrown together, first by the Doctor's fascinati...more
Gabriel Jordan is a homeless man who occasionally acts as a freelance photographer for a private investigator. When he's tasked with getting evidence of an affair, Gabriel accidentally sees Dr. Aleksei Tennant breaking into and out of the apartment of the woman he's watching. When Aleksei notices Gabriel, he uses his extensive knowledge...more
(view spoiler)[Back in the dark ages, before the internet, when slash ficti...more
I think I have slightly good history when the urban fantasy is about fae, either on mainstream novels or m/m ones. And this one is simply engaging. While the narration is totally from Gabriel's point of view (using 3rd person) but it gives enough 'power' to introduce the intriguing world of hidden portals and runes and human with 'tainted' blood. Al...more
What a great story - I was hooked from page 1! Dr. Tennant (yes, I had a giggle right away) and Gabriel meet on a cold Christmas Eve when Gabriel sees Tennant jump from an apartment window. Rather than leaving a horrible mess on the pavement like Gabriel had envisioned, he sees Tennant gently float to the ground, then must shake off the sleeping/forgetting rune that Tennant uses on him. Very slowly Aleksei Tennant and Gabriel Jordan forge a cautious friendship while at the same time tr...more
This was such an amazingly engaging read! The mystery, the urban fantasy setting, the friendship between the MCs and the perfect pacing kept me happily reading and waiting to see what would happen next. Gabriel is one of those characters that I love in a story, an underdog with intelligence and a troubled past that makes the reader protective. Tennant is the perfect other half of this friendship that develops, and...more
This book is set in a world where you can access other fantasy world through portals. In addition to earth there are 17 other worlds where you can find shifters, fae, mermaids, vampires etc... Gabriel is a homeless man with a camera and a mysterious mixed heritage. Part shifter and part something else, Gabriel just attempts to stay out of everyone's way, take pictures of cheating spouses and the like for his morally questionable boss. One night...more
The story is based on the idea that there a number of worlds, interconnected by passages that can be opened by those that know and can use runes. There are a multitude of fantasy creatures in the story, fro...more
A fantasy story with a bit of a different take on it, showcasing 'skills' that I have not seen in other stories.
Gabe takes GOTCHA! photos for a slimey and lazy PI in order to stave off hunger and limit his overnight stays at a homeless shelter. He grew up in a callous foster care system where he was forgotten or ignored from day to day and now strives to be seen and acknowledged by others. (view spoiler)[Poor guy! I felt so sorry for him when Tennant explained what had happened! Poor s...more
(view spoiler)[I simply could not take Gabriel or Tennant serious throughout the story. Both made up these convoluted explanations for their actions, leading to more misunderstandings. And always thinking the worst so as to appear doomed by fate. I found their arguments feeble and not quite in tune with their actions. Why go ba...more
I'm a bit clueless as to how to rate this book.
On the one hand, I absolutely loved the basic story, I really liked the characters, and many of the ideas incorporated (the runes, the portals, the different worlds) were awesome. There were many different aspects here that I really thoroughly enjoyed, that I found unique and interesting, and, believe me, that is no small feat in my eyes anymore. The relationship between the protagonists changed and developed believably over time and I liked th...more
It has a lot of very good elements magic, mythical creatures, mystery, murder, mansex (although you have to wait for it) and of course love!
The romance part doesn´t happen until the end of the book, and I thought that even the building friendship was put aside a little while the author presented the m...more
Blew away any and all paltry expectations I had.
It's interesting/weird, and I believe that it Actually Has a Plot. And there were emotions! And they were good! Completely coolio.
I wonder...is bk 2 going to be about that Petresh dude?
Tainted Blood has caused me to nitpick a little bit with my rating, earning it a whole 3.75 stars, something that one would never see unless they were attempting to average a bunch of reviews. The novel was something that I really enjoyed reading, but it didn't quite earn four stars beca...more
This story contained all the elements that I thought were missing from my recent fantasy reads; here we have a slowly-developing but meaningful relationship that doesn't rely on a large amount of sexual content to bring it depth and intensity.
I only have two reservations...more
Tainted Blood is very different from the thi...more
It seems to have improved on the second reading. I did enjoy the author's world-building, and I think I must be in a better place for the way the charactors start developing in light of reading the first chapter in the second story. It helps to fill in many of the questions I was left with as to why these to MCs would be drawn to each other.
This would be consi...more