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Tainted Blood

(Hell's Belle #2)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  385 ratings  ·  55 reviews
Alternative Cover Edition of ASIN: B00OJM98XA

After surviving a vampire assassin (not to mention an awkward affair with a hot FBI agent that ended worse than she could have imagined), witch/vampire hybrid Nina Martinez is reunited with the full Blood Ops team in Providence, Rhode Island. Her Aunt Babe is tutoring her in all things witchcraft, and her vampire partner Frankie
Kindle Edition, 293 pages
Published October 19th 2014 by Amazon Digital Services
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I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Tainted Blood is one high adrenaline, heart-pumping, non-stop action read that will have you asking for more. After reading Hell's Belle, I was looking forward to this book. It did not disappoint!

Nina Martinez, a witch/vampire hybrid, is trying to balance both sides of her nature. It is a little difficult since vampires and witches don't play well together. Her Aunt Babe with the help of Nina's ever present ghost, Casper, are tryin
Oct 23, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2 stars
FYI:Cliffhanger ending.
Not going to read book 3.
I think my major problem with this series is I really could not care less what happens to the world, the berserker, the vamps, the ghost, the druids, or anyone at all including the protagonist &/or her love interest whom ever that may be. So in 1 word uninterstrested.
**I received this book for free from Bewitching Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

*Genre* Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 3.0

*Full Review Posting @ Gizmos Review 10/23/2014* Blog Tour Stop for Tainted Blood.

**Giveaway and Excerpt for Blog Tour found here:

*Recvd via Bewitching Book Tours* Top Stop 10/23/2014 *Published October 16th 2014 by Crea
Nov 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
I am not one of those people that can remember details from books I have read, unless I am reading a series back to back. So I may remember wanting to read the next in a series, but I don't necessarily remember why. I knew I loved Hell's Belle, the previous book in this series, and had been keeping half an eye out for the next one to come out, so I was really pleased when I saw it was now published. It didn't take me long to realize why I wanted to read it. The main reason being, how fun the who ...more
This is by far one of the best books I have read so far this year. Why this only has 295 reviews is confusing as hell, because this series has turned into my top 7 favorite series ever written. I loved this one so much I read it in an afternoon. You have lots of action, some silliness, seriousness at many points that matter, lust, love, friendship, courage, doing the right thing, and so much more.
Oct 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
Review posted here...
Tainted Blood was just as good as book one – Hell’s Belle – and had excellent progression in both story and characters.
I love this genre and am rarely disappointed but this definitely has all of the elements that I like in an urban fantasy. Nina, the main character is easy to understand and connect with and I like that she is very capable at what she does. She is still having problems connecting with her witch half even if her Aun
Aug 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faves
I only have a couple of things to say. Nina & Frankie FTW!! I'm SO glad he's showing Nina his feelings. I have no feelings for Max at all. He's hot, smart, etc. Frankie has depths I want to learn more about! I felt horrible when Babe died. The way she died was particularly horrid. I'm glad the Betas will be nesting on Nina's property, it makes sense. I want to know more about Bertrand but I believe I've said it before. Tavio is sweet, I hope Nina lets him in a little. He is her uncle & her famil ...more
Nov 23, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy, dnf
DNF @ 81% when I read between the lines and realized the author had the MC let a bunch of people die, who she could have saved with little inconvenience or risk to herself, for no other reason than to heighten the dramatic tension when she saved the few who survived. I wish I could call her tstl, but the way it was hidden in plain sight was to smart for that.
jean mary jones
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hell's Fire

This story is so good it is scary,pun not intended. I cannot wait for the third installment!!!!!!!!!!!!!. In fact I really hope that there will be a fourth and maybe even a fifth???????????????
Apr 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can’t figure it out

I don’t know where this story is going. I really want to like it but there are so many twists that I don’t know who are the good guys or which love interest I’m supposed to be rooting for. Very confusing.
Robert Durko
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great 👍 story

The story keeps you on edge of you seat and hard to put down the character are also well done. Can,t Waite to start the next book
Nov 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A definite improvement in the series. Characters are more fully developed and feel more real, story is good and feels very Providence/Crime Town in the execution. A good read.
Jeannie Zelos
Nov 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tainted Blood, Book 2 in the Hell's Belle Series, Karen Greco
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre: Sci-fi/fantasy
It’s a year since I read book one so I reread it to refresh the story in my mind, before reading this ( a year and several hundred other books..). I loved that one.
So, book two: The story picks up more or less where the last one finished, with Nina still staying with her aunt, Babe, who is teaching her spell craft, aided by the teenage, witch ghost that can talk to Nina. Fra
Maghon Thomas
Well holy moley!! Ummm, I just wanna say that your cliff hanger KILLED me, because now, I seriously am about to pee myself. I did not see that ending coming, and I'm freaking out. Like a lot. But ok, anyways, let me talk about how much I love this series. Because it's cool and different, and full of surprises. Nina is a half blood, but what she didn't know before book one started was she's half vampire, half witch and half human. Well that's too many halves but I'm not how to explain the percent ...more
April Hollingworth
Review Courtesy of April Hollingworth

This is the second book in the Hell’s Belle series and can be read as a standalone. It is funny and fast paced, filled with action and fantastic characters. I must admit I loved this book and recommend it to anyone who loves supernatural books with an odd sort team of fabulous misfits that you just can’t help but love.

Opening Scene:

“Jesus Christ, Frankie,” I muttered as the crowbar hit the worn marble floor with an earsplitting clatter.

The Review:

Cyrene Olson
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Uncaged Book Reviews:

This book never slowed down, and there are some good surprises along the way. There isn’t much in the line of romance in this series yet, a lot of hit and run, but there are possibilities looming. A fun and fast urban fantasy that’s a fun read.

4 1/2 Stars

Full review at
Stacey Brutger
Dec 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After surviving a vampire assassin (not to mention an awkward affair with a hot FBI agent that ended worse than she could have imagined), witch/vampire hybrid Nina Martinez is reunited with the full Blood Ops team in Providence, Rhode Island. Her Aunt Babe is tutoring her in all things witchcraft, and her vampire partner Frankie is enjoying the benefits of daywalking, courtesy of a demon spell.

When a segment of the Rhode Island vampire population is marked for death by a tainted bloo
Dec 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARC provided by Random House Publishing through Netgalley in return for an honest review.

Nina Martinez is unlike any other paranormal person out there. She is part human, part vampire and recently discovered that she was also part witch. Working for the Department of Defense, she is part of an elite team of individuals that are all supernatural and each have their own area of expertise. They work together to clean up the messes that other supernatural leave behind to help keep humans in the dar
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I think it’s finally happened… I think I make have broken my book love barrier.. I never thought I would ever be able to love a book so much that I’d rate it above 5 stars. But, its happened… Tainted Blood has achieved what I thought would be the impossible…

This story literally left me speechless at the end of the book. I’m a chatty Cathy just ask my husband and I couldn’t even verbalize real words after reading the last page. Nina’s past really comes back to haunt her. Sure, she knows she’s
Jan 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rar, 2015
I loved this book, I liked the first book in the series but in my opinion this was so much better; this book had a lot more action, and thrilling moments. It was mysterious and full of adventure and it was also a great book for character development with the main character Nina showing lots of growth.

The main character is the same as in the first book, Nina; in this book she is battling with an illness that is affecting vampires. She is still battling with the spirit who inhabits her body; she
Deborah Mingle
I love a series where you have a kick ass heroine and hot men to back her up sorry it took a bit to leave the review on this one i went back and bought the first one in series but this can be a standalone book.Poor Nina -works for a private paranormal group for the government when i say private i mean private every-time she turns her head something else has gone wrong she has to try to fix .Nina is half owner of a bar with her aunt oh and i forgot to tell you she is half vamp and half witch whic ...more
Angel Hatfield
Jan 13, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
**I received an ARC of this story for an honest review

This is the second story in the Hell's Belle series. There are also two novellas along with it. I haven't read any of the others so this is the first in this series for me. However, for some of the stuff that has happened to Nina, it would have been more helpful having read the other stories.

Nina is a half-witch, half-vampire being who had to be turned by Frankie, a full vampire, to save her life and binding her to him. Frankie has been char
Oct 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: calibre-library, 2014
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Nina and her crew are back in this installment and it is filled with love triangle drama, crazy vampire attacks, demons being really evil, and soap opera like surprises. If you enjoyed the first book (which you should definitely read before this one), you’ll love getting even more in this wild and crazy world.

In this book Nina is trying to reconcile her two lives: one as a developing witch and another as a vampire Blood Ops agent. O
Jan 31, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was quite good. Even though it wasn't the first book of the series, I had no problem understanding and following the storyline. I would have given this book a solid 4 stars but it kept repeating some of the same information as though the author forgot having mentioned it in a previous area, making it iritating to the reader. Also, there was some minor inconsistency with Nina (lead character) in regards to her vampire related strengths. Specifically, at times Nina was able to do some am ...more
I received a copy of this from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Vampires were getting sick, and it could actually kill them. While trying to figure out how the vampires were getting sick, Nina was forced to deal with another big supernatural issue. These problems were connected in ways that Nina couldn't imagine.

The writing had vastly improved from the last book. Everything flowed much better. Character development improved, but I still didn't connect with the characters. At least, th
Chris N
Nov 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit the first half of this book was a bit slow for me, it took a while for the story line to get going but once it did, wow! I had a few WTH moments with Frankies sudden obsession with shopping, which was way out of character and didn't add anything to the plot, I wondered why it was in there. Not sure if it was to show the change that was about to happen to him or if it was a whim on the part of the writer.

Once I hit the 50% mark things picked up fast and furious! I, along with many
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Trade/Urban Fantasy: I liked this book with its vampire politics and many story lines. It drew me in at the first chapter. This is book two of the series and I did not read book 1. However, the author does a great job summarizing to the reader who people are and why without bombarding the reader. (I have one series in particular that spent 14 pages regurgitating the past books. It wasn’t pretty and I stopped the series after book 3). I was not too crazy about the writing style. I like a lot of q ...more
Sara Canny
This review was originally on Sara's Books and Things

This is book two of the Hell's Belle series. As I have a tendency to I dropped into the series in the second book... Oops? Anyway as someone who jumps into the middle of the series I can tell you that you'll be able to figure out what's going on pretty quickly. Personally I grew to care about Nina, Casper, and Frankie extremely quickly. Max well he's just not my type I guess.

To me Tainted Blood has it all; humor, fantasy, mystery and a littl
Faith C.
Dec 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: r2r
I received this book in exchange for an honest review (LoP or Lovers of Paranormal).

Right before reading this book, I read book 1 in this series, Hell’s Belle. I was so excited to continue the story with this book and I was not disappointed. There were enough new characters in this book to keep me interested. Add in the drama with the existing characters and I couldn’t put this book down!

The writing in this book had my emotions all over the place. The one liners from all of the characters (but
Dec 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nina is a half vampire half witch who works for a secret government agency. She is in charge of protecting the world against paranormals that break the law and wreak havoc on the world. She does this with the help of her partner, Frankie, an older vampire who just so happens to be quite attractive (with an unhealthy shopping addiction) and her ex, Max, a beserker who used to be a normal, everyday FBI worker. In this book, Nina is trying to figure out who is killing Beta vampires. Will she be abl ...more
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I've spent close to twenty years in the New York City area, working in publicity and marketing for the entertainment industry. A life-long obsession with exorcists and Dracula drew me to urban fantasy, where I can decapitate characters with impunity. After writing plays for a long time, then leaving that behind, I decided to try to write a novel. HELL'S BELLE is my debut.

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