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Tainted Bodies: Part One of The Photographer Trilogy Paperback – January 3, 2014
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The story left us with Derrick starting to man up but leaves us waiting to see how the relationship will pan out.
Looking forward to seeing what happens between Kate and Derrick and how they handle the latest crisis in Kate's life.
You can tell the author took her time writing it, because the characters are well developed and there's an in depth and intricate (not convoluted) plot. I haven't read a crime/law type romance novel in a long time, and I'd forgotten just how much I love them! So all this to say, first off, I loved the story and the way it's written.
But what I really really REALLY loved was how real it was!! I'm weird. I want romance, I want suspense, I want hotness, and I want happily ever after. And I want it to feel real. Even if it's a totally out there storyline, I still like to feel like it could happen. This book was genius because the author took very real life situations, real life reactions and emotions, real life people, and told their story so you felt like you were peering in their apartment window (in a totally non creeper way). Kate and Derrick meet in such a cute and normal way. They begin dating. Like, dating as in 'go out on dates' dating. They take their time. Weird.
Written in 3rd person, you get to see each of their insecurities and the foibles in their growing relationship. And then life happens. Some of the bad stuff in life. The stuff you think you know how you'd handle, or how you'd hope to handle. But until you're thrust into that position, you don't know. Hearts and trust are broken, tainted. MY heart was broken. I cried. But they are human and they find the strength to understand and to forgive and to pick up the pieces as best they can. Kate is exceptionally strong and I think you will find her to be an inspiration as much a Derrick will.
By the way, this is the first in a trilogy. Of course there's a cliffhanger! How else would there be more books! And no way could this story have been told in one anyway! But get this one because book 2 is coming next month and you'll want to be ready!
Now that I have completed the book, this book was an unexpected surprise. The story engaged me right away! I haven't read a Crime Romance in awhile that has kept my attention when I had the time to read. Not the story with Tainted Bodies! I even took it with me to the CCD class I teach because I was at 92% and couldn't stand not being able to just finish it.
I felt like a basket case with the myriad of emotions I felt while reading this. I fell in love with Kate & Derrick's romance. I cried with what happened to Kate and the way Derrick treated her after. I was "so frustrated, angry, & appalled with Derrick!
I'm glad I don't have to wait too long for the next installment in the trilogy, Tainted Pictures (April 18,2014).
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