The synopsis for Taint by S. L. Jennings sounded hot and steamy, and like a great distraction for a four hour road trip! Yes, it did distract me, but not in ways I’d hoped for. I found the main character far too annoying which made me struggle to connect to the story. It was tough to finish, but I managed to get through to the end anyway. I just wish I could have liked it.
You’re here, ladies, because you can’t f*ck.
Oh, stop it. Don’t cringe. No one under the age of 80 clutches their pearls. You might as well get used to it, because for the next six weeks, you’re going to hear that word a lot. And you’re going to say it a lot. Go ahead, try it out on your tongue. F*ck. F***ck. Ok, good. Now where were we? If you enrolled yourself in this program then you are wholly aware that you’re a lousy lay. Good for you. Admitting it is half the battle. For those of you that have been sent here by your husband or significant other, dry your tears and get over it. You’ve been given a gift, ladies. The gift of mind-blowing, wall-climbing, multiple-orgasm-inducing sex. You have the opportunity to f*ck like a porn star. And I guarantee, you will when I’m done with you.
And who am I? Well, for the next six weeks, I will be your lover, your teacher, your best friend, and your worst enemy. Your every-f*cking-thing. I’m the one who is going to save your relationship and your sex life.
I am Justice Drake.
And I turn housewives into whores. Now…who’s first?
The story-line wasn’t near as ‘hands on’ as I had thought it was going to be. You do get kinky discussions and presentations which are just as gritty and in your face as the synopsis suggests; they’re just not to the level as I’d imagined. Nor did I find them all that sexy. My problem though, I was just too distracted by the lead Justice Drake to fully enjoy these scenes. He is supposed to be dominating yet aloof, but that is not what I saw. For me, he came across condescending and chauvinistic which I cannot stand. I get that he’s doing it to keep things professional, considering the subject of his lessons, he has to keep the women at arm’s length! I get that he has to appear mysterious so he can keep anonymity out in the real world. However, all I saw, was an asshole that wasn’t the slightest bit intriguing. Oddly when he wasn’t teaching, he was a nice guy. He even starts seeing someone (won’t spoil it for you, sorry) and was really sweet towards her! But it wasn’t enough to make me like him. It actually made me like him, and the novel, even less. The drastic difference made me doubt he could be that nice toward a woman. It also made me wonder which person was the real him, especially as the story unfolds and you learn more of his background. When that twist unraveled, I seriously hated the guy.
I have to be honest, my disdain for Justice made me very picky about the storyline, and the writing itself. There are some things that didn’t line up, like characters that seem smart but are in dumb situations. There were also scenes that were cliche and predictable. But you can find that in any novel so this tome is really not that terrible. I think my irritation for Justice killed the mood for me so much that I couldn’t like anything about it. Take that back, I will give Taint a couple stars for the sex scenes. They were pretty good. As long as I ignored that it was Justice, I actually liked them. The rest however, annoyed me.
Taint has really good ratings, so obviously many people love it, except me. I kept reading anyway because I wanted to give this novel a chance, but I was just too irritated to enjoy it. Clearly people do, so don’t let my opinion stop you from giving this a try. You may find him sexy!