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Tainted by Love

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  322 ratings  ·  166 reviews
My name is Hendrix Hills.
When I was twenty-nine, I fell in love with a girl.
We loved fast. We loved hard.
But our love was tainted.

My name is Trinity Adams.
When I was twenty-seven, I fell in love with a boy.
We loved fast. We loved hard.
It’s too bad my blood was tainted.

Warning: Not your traditional HEA. May contain emotional triggers for some. There will be things that you
Kindle Edition, 342 pages
Published February 13th 2017 by Gillian Jones
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Jennifer Kyle
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cry-baby-books


This is an extremely solid read that is equally as hard of a story to review without spoiling the story. Therefore, I will say that the author warns about the hea status in her synopsis so if you are interested take heed.

This is my first book read by this author and she completely succeeds in writing a relatable heroine and an accepting hero’s fall. It was all very believable from beginning to end. The heroine’s condition (view spoiler) is her secret and t
5+ "Emotionally Tainted" Stars

Every time I read this book, I love it more than the last. This is one of those books that will forever change your perspective. It's one of those books that you won't be able to stop thinking about. Tainted by Love is a book that will leave your heart split wide open while you sob and yet leave you with an unexpected happiness that you will feel down to the depths of your soul.

Trinity had her life upended when she least expected it. Life is never fair but for Trini
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TAINTED LOVE: Heed the warning by the author this is not your traditional HEA. May contain emotional triggers for some. There will be things that you won't like and some you will.

Wow where to even start with this, no matter which way I go will divulge huge spoilers, the cover, the synopsis doesn't give you any indication of what's going to come at you and believe me it comes at you on turbo speed as soon as you read the 'Prologue' in the start of the book, it hits you.
I knew then that th
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review for Stephanie's Book Reports.

**Carla's Five Star Review

**Warning-may contain spoilers

OMG! I have never, I mean never had a book affect me like Tainted by Love did! Because of that, this is hands down the most difficult review I have ever written. I will tell you now that I am not going to reveal many details about the story line because this is one of those rare books that you must experience first hand. Okay, here we go. After rea
Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it

"She's my home, you know…my happy…."

We have so many mixed emotions about this book. Even now, a day after finishing Tainted by Love, talking about, and getting our thoughts and feelings in check, we have no idea how we felt about this book. Was it compelling? Absolutely. Was it emotional? Yes, some parts brutally so. We sobbed hiccupy, headache sobs at one point. Did we enjoy it? We're not sure enjoy is the right word, but one one thing we DO know, is that we couldn't put this book down and we
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I truly have no idea where to begin this review. I'm a little all over the place because of this book. I don't know where to begin.
Gillian Jones is an author who's books push the boundaries and tackles subjects that we don't usually see. In Tainted by Love, Gillian gives us a story pushes the boundaries to the max.

First and foremost, I have to state that this book doesn't end traditionally, Gillian tells us this herself.. I'm sure that because of this people might not want to read this book. B
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don't typically write long reviews because I'm afraid that I'll give away something that will ruin the book for the reader so I'll continue on after I say, MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!

Tainted by Love is one of the best books I've read in a long time. I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. There's so much emotion and the storyline was extremely realistic. This book isn't about possible triggers and cautioning the reader. It's more along the lines of telling the reader that this subject matter is real.
Tiffany Readz
Not What I Expected

From the blurb and the fact that I am a fan of the darker genre, I took this book for review thinking it was going to be one of my dark specialties. I couldn't have been more wrong. Yes the book has is "dark" moments per say, they aren't the kind of dark I am use to. This was feeling down to your soul kind of dark. Stop and make you wonder what you would do kind of dark. This review will be vague as to protect the storyline.

Gillian Jones wastes no time getting into the gist of
Tracy Supple
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As a reader I'm always looking for books that will leave a lasting impression on me and Tainted by love is definitely one of them. I'm not going to go into detail as of exactly why it is now one of my all time favourite reads but what I will say is, This book had angst swoon worth moments and even at times I found myself laughing but more than anything this book shows love in its purest form. While reading certain parts of this book one thing that kept coming into my head is people really do fea ...more
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was totally blown away by this book and i don't say that often. If I could give this more than 5 stars I would and I never say that. Beautiful, tragic, sad but you will be grateful you read this. This is a must read, top read of the year for me, one of the best books I have ever read.
S.M. West
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing

This book wrecked me!! It's a MUST READ!
Brynne Asher
It's live!

I beta read this and loved it. It's real, heartwarming, and heartbreaking. Cried into my pillow? Yep. Book hangover? Yep. Totally memorable? Absolutely yep.

Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017

"She's my home, you know…my happy…."

We have so many mixed emotions about this book. Even now, a day after finishing Tainted by Love, talking about, and getting our thoughts and feelings in check, we have no idea how we felt about this book. Was it compelling? Absolutely. Was it emotional? Yes, some parts brutally so. We sobbed hiccupy, headache sobs at one point. Did we enjoy it? We're not sure enjoy is the right word, but one one thing we DO know, is that we couldn't put this book down and we
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Forever and a Day!

There is a time once in your reading life that you will have the pleasure of reading a truly phenomenal book in all ways, the writing, the characters, the plot, the 'feels' will all mix together and create a masterpiece. Well this book is that for me and I'm beyond honoured and grateful to have read it.
Trinity is an inspirational heroine, she's feisty, she's gorgeous, she's loyal, she's funny and she's sick, her blood is tainted but it does not define her! She has the most ama
MJ Symmonds
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I can honestly say that Gillian Jones has set the bar extremely high for top book of the year for me. I think it's going to take something spectacular to knock TBL out of the #1 spot on my list.

I'm slightly (ok maybe a lot) obsessed with GJ books. I've read all her books & they all come in at 5 star reads. Seriously she is that GOOD!! But this book for me is her absolute BEST!!! There are not enough stars to do this book justice.

This is not a sunshine & roses read. You won't find your ty
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's hard to put into words just exactly what I think of this beautifully, thought provoking out of the box story. One I never thought I would read and one that I am so glad has been written and it wasn't just a wham bam thank you mam story either. It was packed full of facts and fears and that is what made this story for me Gillian.

The fact that Trin was so selfless and frightened to put anyone and especially Hendrix in danger warmed my heart so so much. And although I cried buckets. OMFG Andr
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ARC received in exchange for an honest review

This book was so not what I expected. Definitely not an ordinary story.

I fell in love with Trinity from page 1 and she just kept surprising me throughout this story. Totally amazing and awesome heroine.
Hendrix totally surprised me. When we meet him he is a total manwhore. But he surprised me when he met Trinity and how he took this journey with her and everything that happened he became her rock. But she taught him how to be a better person too

This a
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have to say this is the hardest review I have to write. I had an emotional connection to this story and Gillian Jones hit this book right out of the ball park. Her research for the subject matter was very well done. I have to say that I will never look at Fruitloops the same after this book. It was emotional, funny at certain points and heartbreaking. I sobbed like a baby when it was over.
Trinty and Hendrix's love story was one of a kind that a lot of people will never have before and after a
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Oh that ending! 😢😢😢

Gimanapun cara mengemas ceritanya, gua nggak pernah bisa nerima akhir cerita macam ini. Hhh...
Walaupun waktu mulai baca, udah berusaha menguatkan diri sama akhir cerita apapun yg disajikan. Tapi tetep aja.. nyesss bgt 😢
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it


This was the first book I've read by this author and it was written really well. It was really heartbreaking, I don't want to give anything away so I'm going to leave it at that.
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An Amazing, Emotional Read.

Tainted By Love is my first read by author Gillian Jones, and I was completely taken by surprise (in a good way!). Going into this book without any prior knowledge of the story, not seeing any spoilers, allowed me to have the full impact of the storyline. My first thought on reading the synopsis of this book was that it doesn't contain a lot of information, and I'm so glad that was the case, as nothing prepared me for what was coming. It was unexpected the whole way th
Naomi Connor
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
***ARC provided in exchange for an honest review - Naomi / Scandalous Book Blog***

I don't even know where to begin. Its been hours since I finished reading this story and it still leaves me broken,with a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes this isnt an easy task!!. This story is unique and throughout the book we were sucked in to a massive life lesson too. Not only was this a love story...It told the tale of fear, hope, loss, understanding, anger and everything in between. This book was hard
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2017
Tainted by Love from Gillian Jones is a emotional tale of friendship, love and living life to it's fullest with a hint of angst. This story deals with a dark topic, HIV & AIDS, and may possibly have emotional triggers for some readers so please be aware this story might not be for everyone.

Trinity Adams fell in love in University for the first time and trusted her boyfriend implicitly. Years pass and a youthful risk will forever change Trinity's life turning her down a different path. Even
Sassy Southern
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ok so I'm going to struggle with this review so please bear with me. I love and hate this book in equal measures but only because it brought out the feels and I don't like the feels!!! I hope that there is no spoilers in any of the reviews because you need to read this book and experience everything on your own. This book broke me in all the best and worst ways because it couldn't be closer to real life as it could get. The research that the author had to put into this book couldn't have been ea ...more
Le Ann Foster
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I gave this book 4.5 stars!

Warning: This book is not your typical HEA, you will hate Gillian at times. But keep reading to the end, you just might be surprised, I know I was.

This book is NOTHING, I mean NOTHING like any of Gillian's other books. This book is raw, in your face truth and heartbreaking. They were times that I balled like a baby and other times I was ready to throw my kindle. This book has such a powerful message and it really makes you
Kali McQuillen
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-arc, 2017-read
This book is one of the favorites for me for 2017!

This book blew me away. Hendrix was a hot alpha guy who got whoever he wanted, whenever he wanted. He was always upfront about not wanting a relationship, didn't really even want to date, you were lucky to get conversation before you were in bed with him. It's worked well for him and he didn't see a reason to change.

Then he meets Trinity. I love Trinny and her outlook on life, she has her friends and family feeling that's all she really she needs
Susan Trewick
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this book certainly packs a punch, it will leave you breathless and thinking about it long after you read it. I do think that you need to go into this book blind so I won't give any spoilers about the story. This is a book about friendship, love and acceptance, walls being chipped away and preconceived ideas being shattered. You are taken on a roller coaster of emotions, you will laugh but keep tissues handy as you will ugly cry, a lot! I felt like my heart had been ripped out, shredded and ...more
Maria Angie Mendoza
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A love story where the author dared to take the reader on an unconventional emotional ride that explored the real beauty of compassionate love.
A romance story that dared to push the boundaries about how a romance should evolve.
All the other reviews give you details about what this story is about, so why bother repeating it.
The point is this, the writing in this book was flawless!!
The characters Trinity and Hendrix were beautifully developed and their love story captured the importance of hope an
Julia ⏃  ✦ :The Romance Rebels: ⏃ ✦
Hendrix and Trinity's story was like a punch to the gut full of angst! Gah this book felt so real and emotional. Tainted by Love was a very unique intense story that will rip your heart out. Two people that were destined to be with one another, but there was always something that stood in their way.

Tainted by Love is not your typical Happily Ever After, it's different. It's simply unforgettable!

If you want to read a book that will make you laugh, cry, and want to throw your e-reader across the
Gillian Jones
Nov 01, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: it-s-coming
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