Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Tainted by Brooke Morgan

Tainted by Brooke Morgan
published December 1st 2009 (first published 2009)
Paperback, 448 pages
Goodreads description:
It begins like a flat-footed love story: Young single mother Holly Barrett is swept away by a Superman-handsome Brit she meets on a bus. A whirlwind romance ensues, and even Barrett's 5-year-old daughter is charmed. Mom recklessly allows the enigmatic dreamboat stranger, Jack Dane, to move into her coastal New England house. But when love goes bad-- and you just know it will -- this sneak-up-on-you page-turner packs a suspensful wallop that will chill your soul. Morgan, a Bostonian now living in London, smartly roots her debut in a disturbing crime that begs the question: How well do we ever know a lover's secrets? Haunting.

My thoughts:
My friend Staci from Life in the Thumb lent me this book a while ago and I just got around to reading it.
Holly was so excited that Jack fell for her, that she failed to really find out who is really is or what his motives are. You would think that someone with a little 5 year old daughter would be a little more careful about who she falls for and lets live in her home.
Billy who is her daughter Katy's real father disappeared from her life, but he wants to start out fresh with her and get to know their daughter. She doesn't want anything to do with him and thinks he is suspicious of Jack because he wants her for himself, but Billy really has changed.
When Jack didn't want anything to do with Holly because she had a child, she should have just walked away. Instead, her grandpa Henry got to be fishing buddies with Jack and set them up again.
I am glad Henry wised up and started getting suspicious of Jack. I mean, who plays with a 5 year old girl in the middle of the night. It's just not normal. Henry and Billy started to team up to find out more about Jack's past since Holly seemed to be blind to his strange behavior.
It took me a little while to really get into the book, but I really ended up liking it and was satisified with what happened. I do wonder though if there will be a sequel?
I gave this 4 out of 5 stars!


  1. Wow...beautiful blog...and I am a follower of you now as well. :)

  2. I liked this one a whole lot too Cheryl. Jack is creepy for sure! A sequel would be interesting indeed.