Review: Tainted Bodies by Sarah Robinson


Kate Jackson is listlessly floating through her life having no idea what or who she wants to be and burdened by the pains of her past. That is until she meets Derrick Kane. 

A whirlwind romance leads Kate to believe that Derrick is the answer to all her questions and the patch to heal all her wounds.

Derrick and Kate’s love is quickly tested as a shocking crime forces Kate to have to figure out how to take care of herself and leads her into a mystery that only Kate has the key to solve.

Can she catch an extremely dangerous criminal and keep the love between Derrick and her alive? Find out the conclusion of this thrilling crime drama and contemporary romance in the following two books of The Photographer Trilogy.

***Please note that this is the first book in a trilogy and therefore does contain a cliffhanger.

DISCLAIMER: Please note that due to dark subject matter, this book is meant for 18+.

Where do I begin?  Sarah took me on a journey that I hadn't expected.  I mean, I knew I was on a journey, but this isn't the journey I expected.  
First, I am glad that Sarah takes the time to really tell this story.  It doesn't start out, happen, then end.  This story is still starting and happening all at once.  I am anticipating reading the next two books in this story.
You are probably wondering what I mean when I say that this story is still starting and happening all at once.  Well that's easy-ish to explain.  A story like this can't be summed up in just over 300 pages.  It's a process.  Let's call that process a journey.  
Girl has had a tough life.  Girl meets boy.  They slowly fall in love.  Tragedy happens.  Girl is devastated, to say the least.  Boy gets scared, can't deal, and runs.  Boy can't lose girl, begs for mercy.
Sounds simple?  Yeah, but it's not that simple.  Sarah and Derrick both have a past... Don't they always?  These pasts have shaped them into who they are.  They are simple, yet extremely complex characters.
Their relationship is built slowly.  Their love isn't instant.  They form a friendship and learn to be open to a level of trust that scares them both.  When Sarah is brutally attacked in her own apartment, their lives are shattered and turned upside down.  
I wanted to weep for both of these characters.  They are both strong and fragile at the same time.  Basically, they were real, as real as a book character can get.  I felt connected to both of them.  Their emotions will seep into your soul as you read.  The story is told so well, you can't help but to feel like you are an outsider watching their lives happen.
I am curious as to what the next book will bring in this story.  I am sitting here right now wondering:
Will they be able to keep their relationship in tact with everything that has happened and the toll is will take on both of them?
Will Sarah's stalker strike again? (I am hoping not, but that it is likely)
Can Derrick get over his insecurities and be the man that we really want him to be?
Overall, this is a book that I would recommend to just about anyone.  It's a quick read that will pull your heartstrings over and over again.