Book Reviews

REVIEW ➞ Tainted by Andi Jaxon


It’s a chance that leads me here.

To him.

The grumpy mechanic with a chip on his shoulder and a secret.

I’m drawn to him.

This shell of a man, gripping onto who he is by his fingertips.

If anyone finds out who he really is, who he used to be, he’ll become another statistic.

Luckily I know how to hide my truth in the dark.

I should stay away from him, not get caught up in his family drama, but I crave him.

I need him.

Am I strong enough to fight for the man who needs me?

*Tainted is an mm transgender romance that deals with transphobia, homophobia, and past abuse. There will be parts of the story that contain triggers surrounding these issues. It is for an 18+ audience.

*This book follows Taylor’s journey after Bully King: An MM Bully Romance, it is a stand alone and does not have to be read in order.

“You are worthy. You are valid. You are enough.”


Tainted is so much more than a romance. It is about finding your own self worth and acceptance. This story is beautiful and the love between and acceptance between Dean and Taylor is something that will stick with you long after reading.

Dean is a transgender male. At 18 his family kicked him out, they disowned him. They didn’t approve of who he is. My heart truly broke for him. He had one person in his entire life that truly accepted and loved him from the start. I love that he had Brax in his corner. Dean is a character that is easy to love. While he is a grump, he is likeable. He struggles with his own insecurities and keeps walls up to protect himself from ever being hurt.

Taylor is a football player. He is bi. He is full of life at this point in his life. He is caring and understanding. He can connect with Dean on some level and has somewhat of an idea of what he is going through. He is full of so much love and compassion. I love that he truly wants to understand and wants to learn. He wants to do everything he can to get Dean to open up to him.

I loved the relationship between Dean and Taylor. Taylor wasn’t pushy when it came to Dean. He was there for him, he was a shoulder to lean on and another person in his corner to love and support him for who he is. There was a connection between them from the start and I loved seeing their relationship grow and progress.

If you’re looking for a beautiful story about finding yourself and finding acceptance, that is also full of romance and some steam this is one to read.