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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Tainted: K.A. Robinson



Tainted (Torn#3)
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Part One: Facing My Demons

Drake lost everything the day Chloe walked away from him. Feeling angry and hurt by her abandonment, he dives deeper into his cocaine use. Each day becomes a struggle for him. After his band is picked up by a recording studio in Los Angeles, things go from bad to worse. What happens to a man who has lost everything he ever truly cared about?


Part Two: Learning to Love Again


When Drake showed up on Chloe’s doorstep, begging for forgiveness, she couldn’t turn him away. To Chloe, loving Drake is like breathing and she couldn’t bring herself to let him go again. 

But what happens next? Follow Chloe and Drake as they learn to forgive and heal together. 

Will Drake’s fame get in the way of their happily ever after? Or is love enough to keep them together?


The epic conclusion to Drake and Chloe’s story.
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“Please, Chloe. I love you. I want to spend every second of my life with you from now until the day I die. I can’t live without you,” I pleaded.

This had gone so much better in my head. While I knew she would be angry, I had hoped that I wouldn’t have to resort to groveling to get her to take me back. If I had to though, I would. I would rather die than spend one more day without her.

“I don’t want to get hurt again, Drake,” she whispered. “I can’t take it.”

I grabbed her and pulled her into my arms. She struggled at first, but I held on tight, refusing to let her go.

“I will never hurt you again, Chloe. Never. Let me prove it to you.”

I pressed my lips to hers and kissed her like I was dying, like it was the last kiss we would ever share because it might just be our last. When I let her go, she might slap me and then never speak to me again. If she did, I wanted to remember the feel of her lips against mine for the rest of my life.

Despite what she’d said, her body responded to me instantly. She wrapped her arms around me and kissed me back, showing me just how much she still wanted me. I groaned as her lips parted, and I slipped my tongue inside her mouth, flicking my tongue ring against her tongue in a way that I knew drove her crazy.

This book was uniquely organized to cover various points of view and timelines to conclude Drake and Chloe's story. This review may contain spoilers for the first two books Torn and Twisted

Part One: Facing My Demons. This is Drake's point of view in the six month period from the time Chloe found out he was using drugs and left him, up until they reconciled in Twisted. Although we have seen this confrontation and the after effects from Chloe's point of view, now we get to see Drake's thoughts and feelings as he spirals out of control, loses Chloe, almost loses his band, and his music career. He is in denial of the significance of his issues and just how badly he is screwing up his life. We see his pain, loneliness, fear, and desperation as he spins farther and farther out of control. And also see the events that finally led him to begin to face his problems, change, and work towards healing so that he could fight to win Chloe back. 

"Chloe, drugs, and women are the only things I know. I can't go without having at least one of them."

I won't lie, Drake frustrated me in Twisted as he sunk into this dark period and it did not change for me in his point of view. I just wanted to shake sense into him so many times. He disappointed me, angered me, broke my heart, but then also made me want to hug him and stand by him. The author did a good job showing how his thought processes were skewed and how he was trying to do better in his own way, but then would fail and the cycle would start over. I loved seeing how the band tried to support Drake with tough love. But ultimately it had to be Drake's decision to take back control of his life.

What was I doing? How had I become this person? I hated myself for being weak. I was better than this. 

Part Two: Learning to Love Again. This is in Chloe's point of view and three months after reconciliation. Chloe has to learn to trust Drake all over again. As they are on a road trip, they slowly uncover their secrets, fears, and promises for their new beginning. They still have challenges, but are working together to build a new life. I loved seeing the Drake we fell in love with in the other books. The man who could be vulnerable, sweet, protective, and caring. This is a man given a second chance and he is savoring it. And Chloe has really grown on me as this series has progressed. She has matured and figured out what she can and cannot live without. This couple has been through so much drama and emotional turmoil and they are still dealing with the fall out, but they are trying to mend their relationship, heal, and move forward. There were some really tender and emotional moments during this part that made me smile and tear up. 

"I'm so lost, Chloe. I think I always have been."
"I'll help you find your way. You are such an incredible person, and that shines through even when you try to hide it. None of us are perfect, and we never will be."

Part Three: New Beginnings (Extended epilogue): All I will say about this is that I loved seeing farther into the future...and having more of Drake's point of view. 

I really enjoyed the way she organized this into three parts. It allowed us to get the full story that covered various time periods, fill in some gaps from Twisted with more detail, and get to see farther ahead with this couple. It made me anxious, tense, angry, annoyed, swoon, and smile. This one was not as angsty as the others, but probably because we already knew the outcome and knew eventually it was going to work out. So it was easier to hold on and have faith. And it was not about love triangles and extraneous drama, but more personal growth and healing. But it still had pain, despair, heartbreak, anger, but was tempered by love, humor, romance, and hope.  It was a wonderful conclusion to their story and it brought it all together. I enjoyed spending more time with secondary characters: her friends Amber and Logan, and his band Adam, Jade, and Eric. Even though this was the end of Drake and Chloe's trilogy, I am looking forward to more books with the side characters and hope that maybe we will still see a little more of Chloe and Drake popping up. The next book is set to be about Chloe's friend, Logan. 

Thanks to KA Robinson for providing me with an arc in exchange for an honest review. 




K.A. Robinson is the New York Times bestselling author of two novels: Torn and Twisted. She lives in West Virginia with her husband and their son.

She is now published by Atria Books an imprint of Simon and Schuster





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