October 6, 2018

Review: Tainted by Amanda Cowen

Tainted by Amanda Cowen is a sexy af love triangle romance about Rhys Wyatt, bad boy musician, and Ivy Bishop, his brother’s feisty girlfriend. I love a good erotic romance novel, which Tainted totally is – but even better, it belongs to the burgeoning New Adult genre that’s taking the indie romance world by storm!

The tension is real.

I’ll admit it: There were times I found Ivy, one of the narrators, to be selfish, clueless, and indecisive. But then I remembered being in my early twenties and in love and lust for the first times. It really is exciting and confusing, and imagine being torn between two cute brothers on top of that.


Rhys is Ivy’s perfect match. She’s had a crush on him forever. He’s the ultimate sexy bad boy, with tattoos and a chip on his shoulder. His character was the most interesting to me. At times I found him a little too controlling and traditional (wanting Ivy to cover up when she wears a bikini around other men and the like), but overall he really wants Ivy to shoot for her dreams.

And that’s my favorite part of this book. No spoilers, but the characters really have to work to be together and achieve their own dreams in life before it can all work out.

Amanda Cowen
(Wyatt #1)
Publication date: June 22nd 2018
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Rhys Wyatt is as arrogant as he is beautiful, and Ivy Bishop has been infatuated with him forever. The night Ivy makes her move, it ends horribly, leaving her utterly heartbroken.

Three years later, Ivy is dating Blaine Wyatt; Rhys’s loving and tender younger brother. With Rhys and their past somewhat out of her mind, everything about her relationship with Blaine seems perfect. But when Blaine leaves Ivy alone all summer; neither of them anticipated Rhys to return, or him and Ivy to be stuck living under the same roof…

Rhys never believed Ivy would be all grown up and everything he’s ever wanted – gorgeous, perfectly alluring, and an infuriatingly tempting beauty he has to keep his hands off of. But the more they try to resist each other, the more intense their urges become, until one night changes everything, and Wyatt brothers will never be the same.

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Author Bio:

Amanda Cowen can be found eating cupcakes, singing off-key, or watching a good RomCom when she isn’t trapped on her computer writing stories. She is an “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” fanatic, a hater of roller-coasters and a country music junkie. She lives in Thunder Bay, ON where the summers are short and the winters are long.

Amanda would love to hear from her readers. Become a fan on Facebook, follow her on Instagram @authoramandacowen, or follow her on Goodreads.

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TaintedTainted by Amanda Cowen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I didn’t agree with Ivy and her ideas most of the time, but that didn’t stop this from being a steamy NA read. The chemistry between Ivy and Rhys is palpable, and even though it’s wrong for them to be together, I couldn’t help but root for them. Perhaps I didn’t agree with the decisions and thoughts of the main characters most of the time, but this read certainly threw me back to being young (college-aged) and in love.

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  • DJ Sakata

    Nicely done. Entered the giveaway – greedy fingers crossed.

    Reply to DJ Sakata
    • Post authorKate

      Good luck to you! 🤞

      Reply to Kate

    Great review. Sounds steamy. I may have to add it to my list.

    Reply to SARAH NOWICKI
    • Post authorKate

      I hope you read and enjoy it. 💗

      Reply to Kate
  • Karla Strand

    We do wild things when we’re young! Glad you liked this book.

    Reply to Karla Strand
    • Post authorKate

      So true. 😂

      Reply to Kate
  • jennifer gaarder

    This seems like one of those stories that would make me shudder

    Reply to jennifer gaarder
    • Post authorKate

      There were moments I certainly wasn’t crazy about, but overall it was what it set out to be – a steamy read.

      Reply to Kate
  • Tasha

    Great review. I don’t like the two brothers thing but it sounds like a good steamy read.

    Reply to Tasha
    • Post authorKate

      I wasn’t the biggest fan of that either but I decided to give it a go anyway. It ended up making sense within the story and not feeling so “wrong” that I disliked the characters for their actions. ☺️

      Reply to Kate
  • Katiria Rodriguez

    Great review, I really love and don’t mind love triangles and this book looks and sounds absolutely and totally amazing and right up my alley. I might need to check it out one day, thank you so much for sharing your awesome post and for putting this book on my radar.

    Reply to Katiria Rodriguez
    • Post authorKate

      I hope you read and enjoy it 💕

      Reply to Kate
  • Gayathri

    Sounds steamy and tense. Perfect for a guilty pleasure.

    Reply to Gayathri
    • Post authorKate

      Totally! I love a good guilty pleasure read.

      Reply to Kate

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