~SWEETEST TABOO and TAINTED LOVE by Eva Marquez~ Review

 

15754577The topic of this series definitely had me intrigued.  The Sweetest Taboo’s draw isn’t just about the forbidden affair of an older, married man with a teenage girl but that their relationship is that of a teacher and student. Now before you shake your head in disgust or rant at the wrongs of such a relationship, let’s be real and acknowledge that this type of relationship occurs far more than we are aware of or some would like to know about.

Let’s pose the question though—is it truly possible for two people of seemingly different worlds that involve an age gap of over 20 years- where one is still considered a child albeit a teen, to fall in love?  This question could be debated forever without ever coming to a clear conclusion. Legally, it is deemed wrong and punishable by law. What about through that of the heart?

So we aren’t going to debate this- it could potentially get ‘ugly’ and that is not what this review is about. It is not about whether the relationship between Tom and Isabel is right or wrong. It is about the feelings shared between to people and the relationship’s development.

As mentioned before Tom is the older partner, who is Isabel’s swim coach at school and is in his 30’s. Isabel is one of his 15- year old student’s.  The book is from Isabel’s POV. I want to point out that Isabel is not your typical teen who wants to go shopping and follow all the cute boys while giggling and debating with her girlfriends whether or not so and so is into her or likes her. She comes across as very mature and level headed. Isabel does not set out to find that older man and get her hooks into him. The initial attraction is like your typical crush and she just finds him interesting and alluring. Slowly their attraction builds and becomes mutual.

Throughout the story, Isabel expresses many thoughts and feelings for Tom through letters and self- reflection. I cannot go into detail about Isabel’s thoughts without giving away key elements of the story.

I found this story not to be taboo or ugly. This was a story simply from the heart of someone who wanted to love and to be loved. When you strip away societal pressures, age and initial relationship connections, this is a story of two people who find solace in one another’s words and touch. There is nothing perverse or graphic in this book that make Isabel and Tom’s relationship dirty or wrong. Sweetest Taboo is sincere, written with thoughtfulness, and heartfelt purpose. D 3.5/5

Eva Marquez’s debut novel is a genuine story. Be sure to read this and Tainted Love (book #2 written in both Tom and Isabel’s POV). Tainted Love released March 5, 2013

Amazon link:  Download Sweetest Taboo to Kindle here!

16696895Tainted Love

This is book two in the Sweetest Taboo Series. It picks up where the first left off. Let me start off by saying that Tainted Love went deeper into the feelings of both Tom and Isabel.

The sincerity and thoughtfulness is still ever present in Eva Marquez’s writing of this difficult topic regardless that it is written in fiction. Marquez delves deeper into the heart and feelings of both Tom and Isabel. She doesn’t do this merely by stating so but through various scenes and events throughout the story.  Tainted Love gives a more in depth look into the feelings and intentions of Tom. Rarely, do you see the side of the supposed guilty party- the one who should know better. In Tainted love, Tom reveals his heart and his truthful thoughts about Isabel. Again, there is nothing perverse in how his heart rules even though a teenage girl is the one who has taken his heart. What is revealed really does enlighten us to the fact that you cannot help where your heart goes and who it wants to love.

In this installment, Isabel is away at school for her freshman year of college. She is growing into her self that has always been on the more mature side. But now, she questions her actions and her feelings more when there is another player in the game. Now everything that Isabel was so sure of is teetering on an edge that she isn’t sure she can step back from; or even if she wants to.

I think from getting to know the characters in Sweetest Taboo, I felt more connected and protective of them while reading Tainted Love. I wanted their heart to be full and not conflicted. I wanted both Tom and Isabel to have the right to love. Tainted Love was stronger and more emotionally laced. Now the love and heart is unbalanced. I am eagerly anticipating where book #3 will take us. D 4/5

Amazon link:  Download Tainted Love to your Kindle!

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