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Tainted Life

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  90 ratings  ·  52 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 passio
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 qui
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 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
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

New Beginnings Are Often Disguised As Painful Endings ~ Lao Tzu

Reviewed: 09-25-19 Audio version
Overall: 4 stars
Performance : 4 stars
Story : 4 stars

Tainted Life by Mel Gough

Tainted Life by Mel Gough is a quiet, hurt-comfort , angsty and drama filled, relationship focused , steamy story.

A conversational style written tale about two damaged, hurting and imperfect yet endearing and lovable MC . Liam and Peter didn't know their chance encounter would lead them to important and never envision changes in their live
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
Cee Brown
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(¸.★¨*.¸¸.•`★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 st
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
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
Viki /LostForReal/
Apr 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: detective, rommance
I kind of thought for a while now that reading a book is like an experiment – a chemical experiment, in fact, when you mix two substances of unreasonable uniqueness, in this case, a specific reader and a specific book and, obviously, you always get a different reaction. In other words, no one ever reads the same book. It might sound kind of philosophical or overthinking-ly English-Major metaphorical but to me, it came down to science, as the perfect explanation why a book can get such a wide, WI ...more
Becky Baldridge
Sep 13, 2019 rated it liked it
A detective and a rent boy. Sounds like the perfect combination for and emotional storm when they can't stay away from each other. Except that's the really the direction taken in Tainted Life. Instead, there's a whole lot going on all at once, but then everything gets resolved very quickly. Some things are a little over the top and could've made for a gripping story, but there's just a bit too much going on. It felt like the story couldn't really settle on a plot, so it took several routes to ge ...more
Jul 18, 2018 rated it liked it
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
Helen Oakes
*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

Title: Tainted Life
Author: Mel Gough
Narrator: Brian Meslar
Format: Unabridged Audiobook
Release Date: 9/06/2019
Genre/ Trope(s): MM Romance
Listening Length: 3hrs 32 min
SteaMMy Swordplay: 2 out of 5⚔
Sharonica-Stars: 4.5 out of 5✨
GoodReads AVG: 3.62🌟

MMy Thoughts and Review:
This story was one I would call, bittersweet. It was definitely true to life, with the struggles of the MCs. Thanks to the clever narration by Brian Meslar I was transported to England and became a voyeur as I closed my eyes.

Kathryn Manzella
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Drama and steam

Tainted Life is a short, sweet and angst filled gay romance novella by Mel Gough. Pete is a Metropolitan Police detective who is facing a difficult life change. He goes to a bar to drawn some sorrows and meets a sexy photographer Liam. Together they are on fire... but the secrets they hide and their pasts may not let them have a future.

Pete and Liam are interesting and entertaining characters. I liked their interactions together. Their story has drama, mystery, suspense, heat and
Shon Chewning
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing

So this book was my first book I've read written by Mel. This book really showed me that even someone get met for the first time, you could fall in love. Thanks💖
Lori M
Dec 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, audio
3.5 stars

Narration: This was my first narration by Brian Meslar, and as long as the story is based in the US, it won’t be my last. Let me explain. Brian has an amazing voice, his cadence is great, and he’s able to throw accents really well. But…that was the problem for me. The narration was in a US accent, the book is based in England, and the characters are English (and one Scottish guy). It was distracting for me. I’m an American, but I lived in Scotland for ten years, so I can say the accents
Dec 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Narration: This was my first narration by Brian Meslar, and as long as the story is based in the US, it won’t be my last. Let me explain. Brian has an amazing voice, his cadence is great, and he’s able to throw accents really well. But…that was the problem for me. The narration was in a US accent, the book is based in England, and the characters are English (and one Scottish guy). It was distracting for me. I’m an American, but I lived in Scotland for ten years, so I can say the accents
Gabbi Grey
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Worth a listen (an audio review)

This book’s tag line is A Sweet and Angsty M/M Romance Novella.

That had me intrigued. I enjoy sweet and I love angsty so how could they both come together – and in something on the shorter side, no less? Well, not to worry, Mel Gough managed quite competently. She’s a new author to me so I was intrigued.

Pete Tucker has just had a shock – his wife has taken their son and is demanding a divorce. He doesn’t react well, as I think many of us might not. The marriage wa
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
Karen Lane
Tainted Life by Mel Gough.
Two baggage carrying men not enjoying their current life circumstances meet and from there an age gap, opposites attract, we shouldn’t be doing this relationship develops.
I absolutely adored Liam, his story was so sad, his deadbeat brother was physically and emotionally abusive, making his life hell, but he didn’t want to give up on his dreams of becoming a recognised photographer, so unfortunately he did things to supplement his income.
Peter, a sad story also with hi
Gustaf Mtz Amador
Sep 26, 2019 rated it liked it
I got a promo code for the audiobook and now leaving my honest review.

The blurb made me want to read this book, but I was a bit hesitant to start it because I didn’t really feel like reading about violence and angst right now, and boy, there’s a lot of that in this book. Be prepared for that.

With that said, this was a good book with it’s strongest element being the writing. It was nice and easy going and easy to follow. Pete and Liam are two flawed characters, both having their own problems an
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Overall, I liked this story, although it is not without its flaws. The drama going on in both Pete’s and Liam’s lives were real-world problems which helped make the MC’s more relatable. I liked Liam from the get-go. He was very sweet and genuine, and in spite of horrors he faces every day, he still keeps his sense of humor and does what he needs to to survive. Pete, on the other hand, was not what I would have expected for a law enforcement officer of his rank and experience. Instead of the conf ...more
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
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
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
Mel Rose
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt-audiobook
Audiobook Review by Mel
Genre: LGBTQIA, M/M, Romantic Drama
3.5 to 4 Blue Roses
3.5 to 4 Blue Flames
Narrator Brian Meslar skillfully delivered a short emotionally jam packed novelette. He has a beautiful smooth voice. His reading speed is a little slow, but that was easily rectified by listening at 1.5 speed. I fell in love with the characters almost immediately, their story pulled me in and held my attention easily. My only complaint is that the book could have been a little longer, the secondary
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 othe
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
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