Nefarious - fronted by the charismatic, but troubled, Mai Evans - is poised for stardom when fate puts amateur guitarist Blue on the center stage. What follows is a fast lane to success - and an even faster downward spiral of drugs and sex...love and jealousy...madness and murder.
The end leads back to the beginning - to the pool of Mai's dark creativity...and a curse he believes threatens to destroy everything and everyone he touches.
But is the source of evil more mortal - and deadly?
The truth awaits in the biggest lie of all.
|Publisher:||Words Take Flight Books|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.54(d)|
About the Author
She has been writing since childhood and has had several short works published in "Literalines," a magazine published out of IUPUC.
Her first two novels were "Dreaming While You Sleep: Book One of Footprints on the Other Side," followed shortly thereafter by its sequel "A Beautiful Rain." "Tainted" was her third novel, which saw its debut in September 2006 and became the first to sell internationally. It was named first runner up in the 2007 Best Books of Indiana awards. Her fourth novel, "The Dead Pool," was released in 2007 and received an honorable mention at the 2008 New York Book Festival. "Mad Angel" was released in July 2009.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Oh my... Where to start? Well, having read the previous in the series, Betrayed, I knew what to expect. A full immersion into the world of Roman Britain, a beautiful connection between two characters and a well-written, satisfying story. I got all this and more with Tainted. The biggest appeal in the beginning is Gawain. The beautiful Cambrian warrior. I'm a sucker for warrior type men. Big, beautiful bodies, strong, commanding tendencies and a real belief in duty and heritage. But Gawain is written so beautifully that his alpha male ways are never dampened by his moments of kindness and compassion. I dare you not to fall in love with him. And unlike a lot of alpha males, he's very aware of himself and his feelings. It takes him a while, admittedly, but admirably he accepts his love for Antonia and his determination to forge a future in a world that will seemingly never accept them is enough to tug on your heart strings. And Antonia. Lovely, Antonia. She appears fragile, ethereal, beautiful. I find I'm quite a fan of these slightly delicate heroines that only reveal their strength to us as the story progresses. It makes a change from feisty, fiery tonged heroines. As much as I love them, strength can come from within and I admire a writer who recognises that. And as a reader, you immediately feel sympathy for her as we learn of the things she has endured during her time in Rome with the husband who has now abandoned her after she cannot deliver any sons to term. What starts out as an extremely erotic, yet thoroughly sensual and beautiful relationship between Gawain and Antonia, soon turns into what I could quite easily class as epic love. It's the kind of story where everyone is against them and you can't see how they could possibly be together yet you yearn for it so much your heart aches. They come together very quickly but the chemistry is so intense and Antonia's reasonings so logical that is doesn't seem rushed and it's easy to see why they fall for each other. Both are strong characters in their own way, balancing out one another and both are able to laugh and love generously. And if I sound too gushing, I do think I found myself a little impatient in the first chapters. There was a bit of push and pull between Gawain and Antonia and I urgently wanted to rush through it to get to the good stuff. But once this book has you in it's hold, it will not release you and I'm pretty sure Gawain and Antonia will stay with me for a long time. If you like raw, erotic but romantic stories with a hero you are bound to fall for and heroine you can't help but admire, then I highly recommend Tainted. Ms. Phillips delivers the luxury of Rome, bound with the primitive earthiness of Celtic Britain and weaves a beautiful story of love that will play out perfectly in your head.