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Tainted Bodies: (Romantic Suspense Thriller Crime Romance Series: The Photographer Trilogy, Book 1) by [Robinson, Sarah]
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Debut author Sarah Robinson's first book in romantic suspense series, The Photographer Trilogy, is sure to please fans of thrillers and romance alike. Tainted Bodies is the tale of one woman's journey to rock bottom and the serial killer who dragged her there. 
  

He takes a picture of every woman he kills. A little memento of his favorite moments. 
She takes nothing from anyone. 
 
Kate Jackson listlessly floats through life with no purpose or direction, only pain and memories. A woman with a haunted past and a desolate future, the only thing she has to cling to is the close relationship with her sister, Annie. Until she meets the charming lawyer, Derrick Kane.
 
Just when she thinks she might have found the key to learning how to live again, maybe even how to love, The Photographer rips it all away from her with one click of his camera.
 
Determined to find a way to survive, Kate must choose between pursuing justice, or hiding her problems like she has done her entire life. 
 
Little did Kate know that death could be the only thing to bring her back to life.
Or that this is just the beginning... 
 
 
 
NOTE: This is the first book in a trilogy and does end on a cliffhanger. The next book, Tainted Pictures, is available on all retailers.
DISCLAIMER: Due to violent and dark subject matter, this book is intended for 18+ years old. This book does contain triggers for violence and abuse.

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  • Print Length: 333 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HP90PZ4
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #268,321 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Sarah Robinson’s Tainted Bodies is a Crime Romance, a dark and heavy read that I could not bring myself to put down.

Romance, past traumas, sisterhood, secrets, betrayals and a horrific crime that occurs now—it doesn't seem like it would all fit together into a book that would leave ME wanting more. But it worked together flawlessly. It was real, raw and gritty—full of secrets, lies, mysteries and evasions which lead you up to a cliffhanger and breathlessly waiting for the second book in this series. Yet it also had another side to the book—the budding of a new relationship between Kate and Derrick, the close bond between sisters and the incredible chemistry between Kate and Derrick.

One of the things I liked the most about Sarah’s writing was how utterly flawed and imperfect her characters were. Where usually we all dream about the knight in shining armor who swoops in and saves the day…let’s be honest we don’t see it every day. Derrick has flashes of the charming, dreamy, handsome, romantic man of our dreams and then there is that slightly mysterious, secretive commitment phobe side. Kate is dissatisfied at her job, yet is still there accepting promotions, all the while wishing and dreaming about something different. She is incredibly strong yet at the same time still broken inside. When she meets Derrick, their instantaneous connection starts off a relationship that truly excites Kate. However they are not exactly in the same page.

I have to be honest that Sarah made me rethink how I rate books! Usually I reserve 5 Stars for books that I want to read over and over again. I can’t be certain that I want to curl up with Tainted Bodies again because the material is so heavy, intense and realistic (though I am not ruling it out!
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By dainer81 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 June 2014
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WOW, I fell in love with this book and I could not put it down.
The characters are intriguing and the story is suspenseful, keeping you on the edge of your seat.
I cannot wait for book #2
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! 31 March 2014
By Chicks Looking For A Book Fix - Published on Amazon.com
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I typically do not read crime/romance books but I did enjoy this one.

Kate Johnson is living a normal life, with little to no excitement. She has a past that still troubles her some but does a great job at hiding it. When she goes to her normal coffee spot Derrick Kane enters her life and stirs up some excitement.

Derrick is hot, fun, and a little mysterious. He too has a troubled past. You learn a little bit about his past and it gives you a understanding of why he the way he is at times.

Kate and Derrick date for a while and you can tell by the way they are around each other they are in love but Derricks past gets in the way and it leaves Kate feeling a little insecure about their relationship at times. She is in love with him and determined she won't let it get in the way of their relationship.

After an amazing weekend together the two go back home and a horrific crime takes place involving Kate. She must now help the police catch this sick and twisted criminal while trying to hold her relationship with Derrick together.

The book started off a little slow for me but once it got going it sucked me right in. I ended up finishing in one sitting. Holy hell the reaction from Derrick about the crime just blew my mind. I won't say exactly how I feel because I don't want to ruin it for anyone. It does have a cliffhanger and I can't wait to find out what happens next.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great storyline 16 April 2014
By jw23 - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a good book that I enjoyed and read in one sitting. Kate is a strong, dependable woman. She is busy living her life when she meets Derrick, a carefree and happy guy. As they begin to fall in love you are introduced to many characters that keep you thinking. My mind didn't stop turning, every time one them were mentioned I was thinking, what are they gonna do. Derrick and Kate have far from a happy love story, they each have issues that they need to deal with before I think they can give into each other fully. I'm thinking they have some of the same issues. What happens to Kate is a horrible thing and just when she needs Derrick the most will he be there for her? I can't wait to start reading Tainted Pictures and find out what happens with their relationship. Also I'd can't wait to see if they catch the person responsible for hurting Kate.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very engaging! 20 March 2014
By CDBW - Published on Amazon.com
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At 62% done I was, OMG! I won't spoil it for others but I'm just so frustrated, angry, and appalled! Aaaggghhhh! So far the story is amazing. I got sucked right in and only stopped reading because my eyelids did not want to cooperate with my want to read.

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).
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit of romance, crime and suspence. 3 April 2014
By Book-Slore - Published on Amazon.com
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I really enjoyed reading this. Even though I gave it a 4. I did enjoy Kate and Derrik's relationship. 10 cool points for Derrik when they met. I would totally fall for that. Even though he did dissapointed me a bit. Derrik was reluctant to lable what they had. He truly loved her in his own way.
When the unthinkable happens, Kate is left alone and unsure of Derrik's love for her.
I felt Kate moved on a bit too fast and was supressing her true feelings.
I cant wait to see how the events unfold and Derrik redeems himself of his actions.
Definitely a good start.
Happy Reading!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Take a Chance on This First Book in the Trilogy! 25 March 2014
By Miss Heidi - Published on Amazon.com
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I would rate this book as a 4.5 if given the option.
This is the first book in The Photographer Trilogy by Sarah Robinson. The main character, Kate Jackson, lives alone in Washington, DC and works for her "uncle" Lenny. He is a childhood friend of her father. The story begins with Kate walking up to a podium to give a speech to law enforcement. This hints that the story is going to be bigger than we know.
Kate has suffered unimaginable trauma when she was 6 years old. Her mother used this for attention and her father calls her a liar. This shaped how she views life, and how not to trust that anyone will have your back when things go wrong. Her closest trusted family to her is her little sister Annie. Annie lives in New York City. They are very close because when they were young, their mother left them and their father turned to booze and died when Kate was in middle school. Annie is the only true family Kate has left.
She meets a man named Derrick one day at a coffee shop and soon they are dating. Derrick has a lot of baggage just like Kate does. Slowly we learn what all is holding him back from getting serious with Kate. After a few months, they go on vacation to a bed and breakfast in Delaware. Things go really well and her life is looking good. When they return, really horrible things happen to Kate and she has trouble dealing with the aftermath. She struggles to do the right things and just when she is at her lowest point, Derrick does something bad. How she reacts and deals with all of this is what the story is about.
I liked the different direction this story moves in. It is a breath of fresh air, completely different then other books of the same genre. This book has mystery, suspense, romance, intrigue. It is the whole package. I am looking forward to seeing how this trilogy plays out, and if you like a deeper story, but don't want gritty, this is a good place to start. Although the subject matter could be graphic, Sarah has written this as to not be so in your face like some books. I found myself getting frustrated with the characters, which for me is a good thing. When you start looking at the characters as if they are real, then the author has done a wonderful job of bringing them to life. This is a very interesting start to a very interesting trilogy, and I for one, won't miss a page. Check it out for yourself!