Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway Tainted Love (Sweetest Taboo, #2) & Sweetest Taboo #1 by Eva Marquez



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                               Tainted Love (Book, #2)
                               Release date: Tainted Love - March 5, 2013
                               Age Group: Mature YA /Ages 16+/Females
                               Genre: Contemporary Romance


Tainted Love Book Description:

Isabel thought her life was on track – she was doing well in school, moving quickly toward her future, and deciding who she wanted to be. Best of all, she’d reunited with Tom, the love of her life. But it doesn’t take long for her history – and his – to start catching up with them, presenting a range of uncomfortable questions. Does he really love her? Are they meant to be together? And what exactly has he been doing in their time apart?


(MY THOUGHTS)
I really enjoyed that author Eva Marquez finally gave us Tom’s side of the story in Tainted Love. We’re given more insight into Isabel and Tom by hearing from both their points of view and also a few chapters from Isabel’s brother, Tony. I absolutely love Tom. Everything we knew about him in Sweetest Taboo is brought into light of who he really is as a person, and his marriage, as we see his thoughts and feelings. I truly fell in love with him. Now with understanding of who Tom is and seeing what kind of marriage he had with his wife, I have to say that Isabel frustrated me some in this book. Though I still gave her credit for having to learning from life’s lessons. In the first book, Isabel was a smart girl and mature beyond her years, but wow, did she ever act flaky in this one. I couldn't believe what she did. But both Isabel and Tom had trust issues going on and with no commutation between them, this was definitely going to cause problems in their relationship.

Isabel is almost twenty and her freshman year of college is behind her, and she’s been separated from Tom for a year. She comes home for the summer, to which she spends with Tom. They work out their problems and make plans to finally be together. But Isabel is not telling Tom everything while she was away at college, and when she goes back to college, Isabel gets herself into a bad situation because of her unfaithfulness and lust.

Tainted Love is a heartbreaker for me because of my feelings for Tom, and with the cliffhanger ending, it left me really upset with Isabel. But I can't wait for the final book in the Sweetest Taboo series because I really want these two to get it right after all the things that have gone wrong. I recommend Tainted Love as a bittersweet story that will capture your heart for a forbidden love. 



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 Sweetest Taboo by Eva Marquez

Isabel Cruz was fifteen years old when she met Tom Stevens. She was 15 when they started dating, and 16 when she lost her virginity to him. By the time she turned 18 and went to college, everything had fallen apart.

This hadn’t been an ordinary love, though. Not a love between two dear friends, or even high school sweethearts. This had been the most taboo sort of love there was: a relationship between a student and her teacher. Isabel started her high school career as a normal student, but set her sights on Tom Stevens as soon as she met him, and pursued him with an intense – and sometimes reckless – fascination. When he finally approached her after swim practice and told her that he shared her feelings, it was the start of a forbidden and dangerous relationship.

Join Isabel as she makes her way through this dark love story, hiding from teachers, lying to her parents, and defying the authorities to make a life with the man she loves. Watch as she discovers the wonders of love and romance, and the terrible betrayal of jealous friends. And cry with her when she learns the hard truth about life and the people in her world.

Sweetest Taboo is inspired by the true and tragic stories of students who fall in love with their teachers, and live with the hard truths of forbidden romances. In a world full of after-school specials on sexual predators, this touching book seeks a different path, casting both student and teacher in a gentle light, and showing that true love may lie at the base of even the most illicit romance.
Paperback, 295 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Terra-Mía Press



(MY THOUGHTS)

Sweetest Taboo is a heartfelt, emotional story. Eva Marquez tore my heart out with Isabel’s forbidden love for her teacher, Mr. Stevens. I agree with the author that this kind of relationship between student and teacher can and does happen, and I didn’t go into Sweetest Taboo judge-y. I kept an open mind, free my personal feelings on the moral right or wrong of Isabel and Tom's relationship. I love Isabel’s character. She is not a dumb girl, but she’s a very mature fifteen year old girl, and she proves how smart and reasonable she can be all the way thorough this story. I also loved the curveball Marquez threw at me at the end of this book; I thought I had Mr. Stevens figured out and BAM! The author said, Oh no, it’s not going to be that easy…then left me dangling from a torturous cliffhanger. I can't wait to read the second book, Tainted Love.

Sweetest Taboo is about a very serious subject matter, and I do agree that these types of relationships can't be looked at in the same way. Because like I said, Isabel has brains, and she isn’t and was never boy crazy—her focus is on education. She knew where she wanted to go to college and what she wanted to become and wanted to do with her life. And she still achieves this…she just never thought she would fall in love with a man twice her age. But she did, and it's a real love, not a teenage girl's crush.

I recommend Sweetest Taboo for all who can read Isabel's story with an open mind and an open heart. I absolutely fell in love Isabel's heart-wrenching love story and highly recommend it!


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Author Bio 
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, daughter of European immigrants, Eva Márquez has spent most of her life outside of her home country. At the age of five, Eva accompanied her parents to the United States, where the family settled permanently. After graduating from university, she went on to complete graduate studies in International Relations in Spain. Eva received her Master of International Studies degree from the University of Sydney and went on to work in the global health field in Sub Saharan Africa and South East Asia. Eva currently resides in Southern Africa. 

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1 comment:

  1. Great reviews! This series sounds really good. Isabel seems very interesting character and the forbidden relationships always attractive even if I don't know If I ever agree to that kind of relationship.

    Thank you for the giveaway!
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