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Tainted Life

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  57 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Metropolitan Police detective Pete Tucker’s world comes crashing down when his wife sues for divorce and sole custody of their only son.

Desperate to forget his sorrows for a while, Pete seeks refuge in a Soho bar where he is approached by a sexy, funny, and clearly interested stranger. Photographer Liam Jackson is just the ticket for one oblivious night of perfect passion
Kindle Edition, 121 pages
Published July 16th 2018 by Amazon Digital Services
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Chris, the Dalek King
Tainted Life is the story of how Police Detective Pete Tucker falls in love with Liam Jackson–a photographer and sometimes rent-boy–and how the collision of their lives brings both good and bad to the pair.

That is about it.

Well, there is also a druggy abusive brother, a violent john, a vindictive ex-wife, and a whole lot of drama for drama’s sake. None of which is handled all that well so it all feels a bit too chaotic and jumbled. It is as if in an effort to be everything, Tainted Life, instead
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Sadly...‘Tainted Life’ was another case of the premise didn’t deliver for me...

This is a romantic/thriller and I love them so of course I was going to check this out…this is my jam!
Pete Tucker works for the Metropolitan Police and things have gone from on track to off the rails for him. His wife’s suing him for a divorce and she’s seeking sole custody of their son…the light of Pete’s life. After a long hard day of moving into his new home and desperate to escape the disaster his life has quick
Joyfully Jay
Aug 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: kenna
A Joyfully Jay review.

2.75 stars

I liked the idea of this story. I love it when a cop is one of the MCs, and I especially like it when their protective sides show through, and boy howdy does Liam need protecting. Sadly, I didn’t really connect with this particular novella. While I felt a certain sympathy to both Pete and Liam, I couldn’t really attach myself to them.

Pete’s divorce/custody situation was pretty intense, What Liam had to do to make money was quite sad, not to mention his horrible b
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
While this was an angsty book and unusual in its portrayal of the romance, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is not about two MCs meeting and getting to know each other through dates or chance encounters. It is about meeting someone, feeling a small connection to them and then being there for them when they needed it most. This book is emotional but truly solid in the storytelling. Both MCs put themselves out there and were vulnerable in different ways.

It is a short story, but it did not feel rushed
The writing here was fairly good, but ultimately the plot and the relationship between the MC felt hollow. I wouldn't even really classify this as a romance, even though there's a loosely earned HFN. Too much drama and the resolution with both characters separate "baggage" happens off page. And considering Liam is in hospital and drugged up on painkillers for a fair bit of this, the relationship never felt like a natural progression or equal. When the love declarations came I just wasn't buying ...more
Cee Brown
.•★*) .•*)
(.★*..•`★They weren't meant to be, they just happened.

New to me author Mel Gough gave us a mildly angsty taste of what happens when your life is turned on its axis and you have to rely on the one person you barely knew. Pete was a police whose wife's demand for a divorce and sole custody of their son had left his life in shambles. This had all blindsided him, especially the fact that he knew HE was not in the wrong. Meeting Liam, a fledgling photographer on the night he'd started a new
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
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A Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Review An Alisa Review:

Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Ohh man, this one pulls at your heart strings. Pete’s wife just filed for divorce and seems to be making it out to be his fault. Liam has been doing what he needs to survive but being with Liam gives him a little bit of happiness.

Pete has quite a bit to work through and I liked watching him figure out what is important to him and go for it. I was glad he stayed by Liam’s side when he got hurt and the time they sp
Jul 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-books
3.5 Stars

“A Sweet and Angsty m/m romance novella”
That part of the book title sure does sum this book up pretty well. Short and sweet with an angsty kick to it. This book was by a new-to-me author so I was happy with how this book turned out. It was well thought out and had a decent pace from start to finish. But there was a lot packed into this book and I really would have been happier with a longer and more detailed backstory and character dialogue.

Liam and Pete met and had what started out as
Jul 09, 2018 rated it liked it
*arc received in exchange for an honest review*

I did enjoy this book but I feel like a lot of information was lacking from it being a novella. Like how can a guy be mourning his marriage to divorce and the lack of his son one second then picking up a male stranger in a bar? I know it happens but I feel we needed a bit more inner monologue from Pete to understand what was happening in his head. It was a lot of drama for such a short novel but it actually did flow quite easily and you could tell t
Lisa The Novel Approach
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Pete Tucker is a Detective Inspector with New Scotland Yard; he likes his job and was promoted fairly quick. He was once married and has a young son, but life took a hard turn for him. Even when things were getting bad in his marriage, he was never unfaithful to his now ex-wife. Now he’s newly divorced, has a new place to live, and finds himself fighting for custody of his son. Needing to find some kind of relaxation, he heads to the Turner Tavern to try to slake his hunger, where a young man by ...more
Natosha Wilson
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Just wow. Could anything more happen to one or the other of these two men. Both of them went brought pure hell only to have more come their way. It is as if these two men have nothing but bad luck coming to them. But then again they met each other so maybe there is something good that will come to all of this.

Pete’s bad day goes from bad to worse when he receives information that his soon to be ex wife is going to sue for sole custody. Pete was supposed to be getting his son Noah the day he
4.5 stars- the biggest downside was I wanted more time with the couple

Tainted Life is a sweeter romance with a hurt/comfort vibe from a relatively new author, who I’ll definitely be reading more from. This novella had a little bit of everything, and though I would have happily spent more time with Peter and Liam, it was a well-rounded story with a satisfying ending.

I hadn’t read anything from this author before and was happy to find an easy, comfortable writing style that drew me in immediately
I really, really enjoyed the writing. The beginning of the book starts with a one-night stand (my jam!!) and the dynamic between Liam and Pete just grabbed me by the throat and didn't let go. Liked Pete - his character reminded me of the lads in the British crime series, Prime Suspect, with Helen Mirren. But then the story goes a little sideways with Liam's incident and what happens and next thing we know, the characters are saying the L words. Wait, what!! I needed a bit more story to fill out ...more
Shelley Chastagner
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. Pete and Liam have a crap hand at the moment. Pete has lost his wife, child and best friend and partner in one moment. He's the kind of guy that seems to stuff his anger. Liam is struggling to escape his circumstances and not managing very well. First meet up has great chemistry, but Pete doesn't pursue more, his plate is too full. A disastrous second encounter sends Liam running. I liked that when the call comes Peter sets all aside to be there for Liam. He gives his all despite his ...more
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Pete and Liam meet just in time to save each other. Pete is devastated when his soon-to-be ex-wife cheats, leaves him, and uses his burst of anger as an excuse to keep his son from him. Liam is just barely surviving, having to make hard decisions to get by. Their problems don't go away when they meet, and in some ways things get even worse, but now each has man at least feels that he has someone on his side.
Much of this book is pretty dark and depressing. These men have so much to deal with. Bu
Amy Dufera
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Tainted Life is the first I have read anything by Mel Gough.

When Pete meets Liam, he thinks he might have found the distraction that he needed. It's been years since Pete has been with a man, and he's excited for this opportunity. Their one night stand ends up leading to so much more after some crazy events take place.

This story is a well written, fast paced, quick story that contains a custody fight, an attack, and a crazy brother. If they can work through some of their personal issues, they m
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great read

I received this book as an ARC from the author for an honest review.

This is a new to me author and i have to say i look forward to reading more.

This novella starts off with Pete dealing with the fallout of his divorce and his ex wife trying to stop him seeing his son. In a need to escape reality  for at least a little while he decides to go to a bar and bam meets Liam. Pete thinks that all it will be is a one night stand letting him explore his long dormant bisexuality but Liam tracks
I enjoyed this little novella . A lot happened in a short space of time but it didn’t feel rushed by any means.
Pete and Liam have a one night & a half night stand when unforeseen circumstances throw them together. What follows is a story of love and friendship when two people so alone in the world find comfort and healing from one another.

I loved their chemistry as well as all the up and downs. But my only bug bear and it’s just personal preference was the amount of times they called each
Jul 25, 2018 rated it liked it
A quick read that had some really nice points. I really wish we'd gotten a chance to see Liam and Pete connect more than they did before trading those three little words, but the story had some good feels, some tender moments, and a bit of tragedy. (view spoiler) ...more
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a new author to me and I must admit that I wasn't sure what to expect. I absolutely LOVED this book. The Mcs first meet hot on the heels of Pete's marriage imploding and his future with his 5 yr old son hangs in the balance. Pete meets Liam and decides to let off some steam and revisit his bisexual side. However, it doesn't stay casual. Liam has his own secrets, that put him in danger and, not to give too much away, life events push the two ever closer. I fell completely in love with the ...more
Violet  Marshall
Jul 25, 2018 rated it liked it
This book didn’t work for me the writing was okay. This is a short book which is okay but if falls under the lack of detail and unfinished events category. For example, there is a phone call towards the end of the book that changes certain events, but you never know why. I do like the idea and storyline however. Pete Tucker and Liam Jackson are the MC’s of this book. There was humor, Scotland Yard, a son and ex-wife, an attack, an accident, a hospital, Europe and more in this book. Even though t ...more
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Steamy, gritty, poignant story of rebuilding your life and finding love. The MC's are both going through some major stuff and they find solace and passion with each other.The MC's are both likable men and you will feel for them and will be cheering for their HEA.

Pete and Liam meet unexpectedly and yet at the perfect time to find each other. They have a connection that becomes so much more that either expects. Learning to love again

I enjoyed reading this novella and will be looking for more fro
Esther Alayeto
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
A short and quick fast-paced read. Pete and Liam meet at the perfect time, just when they each need it the most. Sometimes the best things happen when they are totally unexpected. They are each going through a lot in their life but find a strong connection and support in one another. Although it's a short story, you do get to see their relationship develop which I really liked.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
Kristine (A Cozy Booknook)
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, romance
This is a great, fast-paced story that I couldn’t put down. The is a lot jam packed into this novella. I don’t want to say too much for fear of giving something away. The characters are complex, and interesting; I enjoyed getting to know them. There are a couple of things brought up that were not fully explained. The story works as is, though it would have liked a more detailed reason for certain explanation. Overall, this is a great story.
Joscelyn Smith
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Pete and Liam were great characters, I think their lives intersected at a time when they were both in need of someone to lean on. I thought it might be a bit drawn out and angsty but I was drawn in from the start and didn't put it down until the last page. Although it's a short read it didn't feel rushed, there was great character development for the time allowed. They both came with baggage but when it came down to it they helped each other shoulder their burdens.
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this sweet short story by Mel Gough. Everyone has their crosses to bear but the belief that there is SOMEONE who wants to bear those crosses with you is at the forefront of this story. Pete and Liam probably would never have met if Pete hadn't had the rug pulled out from under him. His attempt to be one and done is thrown under the bus (nearly literally) and doing what he can to help Liam helps bring him the peace he so badly needs.
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was wonderful. It had me enthralled I couldn't put it down. Pete moody, sullen,and in pain, Liam cute perky with pains of his own, finally realized that coming together could heal each other in more ways than1.
Doreen Frantz
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thoroughly enjoyed this read. Loved the interaction btw Pete & Liam. A bisexual police officer finding love and looking past the material and worldly situation and focussing on what was important….how he felt about Liam.
Dara Nelson
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-blog
This was a quick read but a good one. Angst, struggle, self-worth, letting go and taking a chance. This book had a little bit of everything.
Gillian Young
Apr 14, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a nice wee read with lots of things going on and a HEA ending.
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Mel was born in Germany, where she spent the first twenty-six years of her life (with a one-year stint in Los Angeles). She has always been fascinated by cultures and human interaction, and got a Masters in Social Anthropology. After finishing university she moved to London, where she has now lived for ten years.

If you were to ask her parents what Mel enjoyed the most since the age of six, they wo
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