Tainted Blood (Tainted, #1)
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Tainted Blood (Tainted #1)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  173 ratings  ·  26 reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 296 pages
Published (first published May 3rd 2010)
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Enjoyable m/m paranormal fantasy about two mysterious non-humans trying to fit in to a human world. Gabriel is homeless, barely surviving by taking photos for a seedy PI firm. While staking out an apartment on a freezing night he spies a man floating down from a window which leads to truths about the world he barely knew existed.

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
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Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this story. Since I don't read blurbs I was expecting something different but what I got was definitely a pleasant surprise.

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
Emma Sea
This book is a Willem de Kooning painting: chunks of awkward lumpen prose, flung together with tiny flecks of sparkling dialogue, and dribbles of instalove, that as a whole make something far more engaging and interesting than the most delicately crafted, carefully modelled story. Leonhard also includes either the most god-awful, ham-fisted, hoary old plot device OR a witty, ironic homage to the origins of slash fiction.

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First of all, I need to thank Mandy because without her posting her review (and popped up on my update), I would miss this great urban fantasy story!

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
4.5 Stars

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
I picked this book up after seeing Cayce's updates about the sequel, so glad I did!

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 teetered between 3.5 and 4 stars for me.

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
Great book, with an interesting world and a nice detective plot. There was only one loose thread in the end (the unknown nature of some of the heritage of the main character), but with a short scene in the end this loose thread becomes a cliffhanger and now we really need to read the sequel :)
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
This was a wonderful read! For those of you who are fans of m/m urban fantasy books, but can't stand how most m/m characters are having sex twenty pages into the book, then you will love this. In Tainted Blood, Leonhard creates a fascinating world with fae, tree nymphs, shapeshifters, rune magic, and more. It has a fast-paced plot and well-developed characters--I fell in love with the two leading men and hope Leonhard is working on a sequel!
Karin Wollina
I am usually not so much for paranormal stories, but this one gripped me from the start. Can`t wait for the sequel (there will be one or not ?)
Vielen Dank, eie wirklich tolle Story
viele Grüße aus Dresden
3.8 stars

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)...more
Oh, how to rate this? If I were to treat it seriously, I'd solidly give it 1 star. If I were to take into account the ludicrousness of the characters, I'd give it 2 stars.

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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
When I started this book I wasn´t really in the mood for fantasy, but this book was still just right. I liked how the book was set in the modern day (but still in a very indistinct time and place).

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?
very good paranormal mystery and OMG THE END !!!! now I so want a sequel !!! I just loved how the hero can't stop thinking aloud and the two together ? so cute and funny !! and hot sex as well !!
Before I say anything, I would like to thank Ariel from Dreamspinner Press for providing me with a copy of Tainted Blood when I foolishly requested the second novel without realising that it was part of a series.

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
The official blurb doesn't capture the charm of this story, which I enjoyed very much. Going in I thought it would be a straightforward paranormal, but the plot also features mystery/detective aspects that mix things up a little.

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
A very entertaining fantasy novel. I have to warn other readers though that this book goes a bit slower than the 2nd book but it's well worth it. While reading it I kind of was wishing I could have read it faster so I could get to the next installment since I thought it was that good. It was a bit like a drug for me since it had everything I would want to read in a fantasy novel: romance, magic, mystery, talk about other species and adventure. For a erotic novel or better yet a glbt novel from D...more
I admit I had no idea what to expect when I was asked to read and review Tainted Blood by Sam C. Leonhard. Ms. Leonhard is a new author for me, so I was anxious to read this book. I was totally blown away by the creative world building and well-written characters this book has. Once I started reading it, I couldn’t stop. I was immediately swept up into the dangerous and intriguing lives of the author’s two heroes, and couldn’t wait to see how their story would end. Before I knew it, I had read t...more
Chris Jeffreys
To be perfectly honest, I ran across this novel quite by accident. I am waiting to read a few new books that are scheduled to be released later this week and early next week, but I wanted something to read to pass the time in the aftermath of the snow storm here on Long Island. So, I went to a favorite publisher's site and started looking for books that are part of a series (since I enjoy reading about recurrent characters in a variety of situations).

Tainted Blood is very different from the thi...more
Okay - now going to do a quick review.. I went back and re-read due to wanting to start the second story, and needing my memory refreshed.

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
Tom Marcinko
My family has had the lucky pleasure of getting acquainted with Sam. Male/male erotic fantasy is probably not my favorite subgenre, but she writes it well, with an inventiveness that goes well past her (tasteful) sex scenes. She's drawn some compelling characters here, and I'm looking forward to reading more in the series.
I was pleasantly surprised by this book and I really enjoyed it until the last couple of chapters. I don't know how to describe it, but it didn't seem like it ended in the right place.
4.5 stars
fantasy, well written, bit of a mystery along the way...
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Sam C. Leonhard is a journalist by profession who lives in southern Germany. Writing has been part of her life since age twenty, but somehow it was never enough to report the latest news about small-town politics. She wrote short stories for friends and family until a few years back she discovered the world of fandom. The Petulant Poetess is where she feels at home; slash became an addiction as so...more
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