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In the old English town of Foxfield, Caitlyn McCoe's doing a crap job of Not Being Touched. Her uni friends are too busy posing on Instagram to notice how a hug makes her cringe, but no matter--she's knee-deep in denial. Anyway, between combat classes, baking binges, digital marketing seminars and her job at the gym, there's no time to mull over the root of the problem: DoIn the old English town of Foxfield, Caitlyn McCoe's doing a crap job of Not Being Touched. Her uni friends are too busy posing on Instagram to notice how a hug makes her cringe, but no matter--she's knee-deep in denial. Anyway, between combat classes, baking binges, digital marketing seminars and her job at the gym, there's no time to mull over the root of the problem: Dominic, the ex who puts the "oh God, please go away," in "dysfunctional." Then he shows up at the gym: the boxer. Fist Candy. The Bonfire Boy. From afar, he's beautifully nameless, and Cait lets herself want him because he's safe...until it turns out he's Art Lyons, the gym's new sports massage therapist and her co-worker. A co-worker who makes her long to be touched.Art likes Cait. She likes him. It should be simple, but it never is, not now Dominic's crawling out of the woodwork and stirring everything the wrong way. And Cait's sister, Mills, keeps bugging her to read a book about a lighthouse and dead seagulls that might just be harbouring its own twisted message--if she can get over the puns.So when Art turns out to have secrets of his own--four of them etched on to his skin in a scratched tattoo--it all feels like a bit much. Maybe touch is overrated. Maybe Cait's not built for it. But God, she wants to be. She wants him and this slow, slow burn......

Title : tainted touch
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ISBN : 21801314
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Number of Pages : 336 Pages
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tainted touch Reviews

  • Celeste
    2019-05-18 01:14

    "I smith hard, right?""And deep. Cocksmithery."I love, love, loved, this book.From Drew and Rich, to Vicky, to Cait, to *fans self* Art.Now let's get this out of the way first, because when you're first introduced to the it at the beginning of the novel, it's guaranteed to be the first thought that drifts into your head. I know, I know, that last sentence is completely encumbered with way too many firsts, but so is this: YES, the male lead in this story's name is Art, short for Arthur. And, YES, nobody, and I repeat NOBODY, expects to completely fall in love with a guy named Art. It just doesn't happen. Which is why when I tell you that, YES, you will stumble and tumble and trip and completely fall for a man named ART, I don't expect you to believe.But trust me on this. I am predicting your future.YOU WILL LOVE HIM.And now onto the actual review.The beauty of this novel is the fact that both Cait and Art (get your shivers from his name out of the way now so you can get to the good stuff) have problems. Real, honest to God problems with themselves that they have to overcome. And being allowed to watch them overcome these issues together is what the real treat is. Everything down to the freaking title of this book is just so meticulously pieced together with lines that just touch the part of your soul that just feels. The two leads are so completely perfect for each other that you can't help but be swept away into their passionate romance. And passionate it is.Cait and Art are different in the sense that they're opposites in how they came to be broken, but at the same time are extremely similar in how they are dealing with the pieces that are left over. Like Cait says so eloquently, I can't join up the idea of wanting a boy who barely touched me with wanting a boy who touches people for a living.Like two sides of the same coin:Here I am, wary of touch, and he'd demonised his own.They seem like they should be two puzzle pieces that don't fit together, but they manage to defy logic and make it work. Once they deal with their issues exes. Which is easier said than done when, A] Cait's ex Dominic doesn't seem to want to leave her alone and B] Art's ex Priya is dead and forever stained upon his skin and C] Cait has a small problem with physical touching while Art has small problem with emotional touching. Not to mention the whole Rich and Vicky situation and Cait's increasingly distancing sister Millie.Talk about issues that need to be overcome.Yet Morgan manages to not gloss over a single one of these issues. I was constantly being surprised at exactly how many pages I had left to read, because usually all the sub-plot tends to get conveniently shoved to the side in favour of a neat bow-tie ending. This is not case here. Every single problem that arises is addressed in a realistic amount of time and with the perfect amount of detail. There's not too much emphasis on tiny details, but not too little info that things seem unnecessarily irrelevant. Morgan just has this way of spinning a tale into the plot that is interwoven with all the other sub-plots - and altogether with the main storyline, they make a truly amazing story. So plot? Definitely check.Characterization? And other big check.While Cait and Art are meant to steal the show, in my opinion, it was all the secondary characters that actually did. Rich and Drew were priceless as a twin duo, just like Vicky and Mills were quirky and excellent smithers.And what do I mean by smithing?"Smith. Word-smithing. It's a thing me and Vicky invented–or at least, I think we invented the term," I explain. "When you're being all smug and clever and enjoying yourself far too much with words, you're smithing." I'm sorry, what? I have totally just adopted that word and it's definition. It is now a permanent resident of my vocabulary and for all intents and purposes belongs to me.And with smithery like that, exactly how can this novel not be perfect?Well, to be honest? I only really have two teeny tiny complaints. One? The Dominic issue didn't really feel completely resolved to me. The way that he and Cait talked their issues out? A little bit too unbelievable considering how that conversation stops. And two? The boxing aspect. It really didn't make as much of an appearance as I'd have liked to. But other than that?Freaking A.

  • Lucy Morgan
    2019-05-05 23:21

    You can read the first chapter here :)

  • Margo - this job thing really screws up my ability to read/review
    2019-05-05 04:22

    “Tainted Touch” is a well-written book full of witty dialogue, which is guaranteed to make you laugh out loud. It's also a book of contradictions. There are humorous lines almost every other page, but these are balanced by some serious angst. The first half of the book is appropriate for a Young Adult audience as there is tremendous drama over holding hands and the first kiss, while the second half of the book includes several, explicit sex scenes. Much of the book focuses on the romance between Cait and Art, but a literary subplot contemplating the meaning of life is also included. Sometimes the overly complex plots gets in it's own way, but overall “Tainted Touch” is a fun, rewarding read.The heroine, Cait, describes herself as “more conflicted than your average bag of snakes” and that's a good description. She was mentally abused by her ex-boyfriend whom she hilariously describes as a “deluded scrotclown”. The scars linger and effect her ability to not only form new relationships, but even to simply touch other people. Cait is supported by a wonderful cast of friends who add lots of life and laughs to the story. It's easy to sympathize with her struggles, while simultaneously rooting for her to get her head out of her ass.The plot doesn't fall victim to the usual cliches, and Cait's issues with self worth seem all too real. However, the books is a bit slow, and seems longer than the advertised 336 pages. At one point Cait says, “We've spent so long on the cusp of kissing that sometimes, I forget that we haven't.” I wanted to jump up and down and yell “Yes, I know. Now get on with it already!” The author was making a point about Cait having trouble being touched, but the build up definitely drug on too long. The sex scenes were good once we finally got to them, but the explicit language was like a slap upside the head with a wet flounder because it was such an abrupt change from the page after page of earlier turmoil over even touching lips.The hero, Fist Candy - also known as Art, is a mystery for much of the book. He's the hot, new massage therapist whom Cait lusts after at work. When he returns her interest, she's shocked. Art has his own demons though, and his difficult history is revealed as their romance progresses. He's a true blue kind of guy though, and definitely qualifies as an upgrade in the boyfriend department.This review would not be complete without mentioning the cake. It's practically a character in the book. Most of the characters are students, and while their world should revolve around studying, it mostly revolves around cake and Instagram. Vanilla, chocolate, and everything in between are represented. If you make it through this book without falling victim to a cupcake, you're a better woman than I. Be prepared.✳✳ Copy provided by the author/publisher for an honest review. ✳✳ Reviewed on I ♥ Bookie Nookie Reviews

  • Reanell Tisdale
    2019-05-03 21:23

    5 Fist Candy Stars!Holy Hell I'm in love with this book! I am so glad Lucy contacted the blog asking for a review because I may have not read this book otherwise. And now it's my time to tell you why you MUST read this book!!I loved every single page of this book. The writing, every single character, well except for Dominic..he is a fucktoad. The storyline is phenomenal!! A well deserved 5 star read for me! Art Lyons...oh man how I love this man! I think Caitlyn sums him up well with this sentence."He is Fist Candy, and deserving of proper nouns."<---oh hell yes!Her best friend Vicky gives her this bit of advise.Caitlyn is attracted to Art and soon learns that he is the new sports massage therapist at the gym where she works. Her ex really did a number on her and she fears the unknown, so she can't believe this man is flirting with her. They start dating and soon they both realize that they are each harboring a past that they don't want to burden the other with. There is an almost first kiss scene fairly early in the book but at the last minute he pulls back. This devastates Cait's already fragile ego, so she withdrawals back into herself again.^----makes me tingle in places just reading that!Dominic suddenly re-appears in her life all of a sudden and it really pisses her off. So she takes her aggression out during her combat class. Only she pulls a muscle in her back in the process. Which lands her in "Fist Candy's seat. Can I volunteer to sit in his seat? I totally need a massage by Art!!!Rich and Drew are a riot! I think they have become my favorite secondary characters of a book and think that Lucy needs to write their story next! Oh and I saw that Aidan is going to be in a story soon too, he is Art's brother who happens to be an escort. <---Sign me up please! There is a whole lot of laughs, a whole lot of secrets to be told, and every bit of it is beautiful. Tainted Touch went straight to my favorites shelf, and I can't wait for everyone to meet Art and enjoy all his "Fist Candy"

  • Lisa
    2019-04-25 04:34

    ****A review copy of Tainted Touch by Lucy V. Morgan was generously provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

  • Anino
    2019-04-25 20:05

    In my opinion, this book was Ok, but it wasn't pitch perfect... Although there were some fairly good parts within the story, I encountered just a little too much lag for my tastes... As an avid reader who initially found Ms. Morgan to be a breath of fresh air, I was a little disappointed with this one.Giving this one: 2.5 stars.

  • Aubrey
    2019-04-30 03:19

    Caitlyn McCoe, (Cait) is a twenty-year-old business major and gym employee. She has a painful past that has lead her to believe touches are tainted. She surrounds herself with good friends, but keeps them at arm’s length. She cringes at their touch even the smallest of hugs has her skin crawling and twisting in a way she is afraid will never fade. Now as she is finally putting the pieces of herself back together, out of nowhere Dominic, her ex, is back.... But he is not the only person surfacing in her life….. Fist Candy—a boxer she stumbles across at the gym… He is everything that should scare her- powerful, sexy, confident and absolutely beautiful…. He is safe and just an obsession she could appreciate from a far. Until now as they have just become coworkers. What was once just a fantasy becomes a real life man, a man who has his sights set on her. The scariest part about it…. she thinks he may just be the one to touch her all the way to her soul….Art Lyons has his own demons… He once was an up and coming boxing star and a bright medical student… Events he never thought could transpire shattered his boxing career and derailed his medical ambitions. After some much needed time off to regroup he resurfaces as the new sports massage therapist at Caitlyn's gym. He has no desire to let anyone in nor explain the 4 red tattoo slashes donned across his hip. Those are his battle scars, a reminder so he never forgets. When he meets Caitlyn he knows she is special and he wants her… Something about her leads him to believe she might be the one who can quite those demons…. This book had a little bit of everything- sexy alpha male who is an ex-boxer-“He drives one fist after the other, and each hit echoes loudly as the bag creaks on its chain….. There’s almost something dirty about the rhythm. I find myself zeroing on the muscles in his broad back rove beneath his skin” a wounded, but not broken heroine-“though it felt like all the colour had been drained from me… I was a clean slate” - CaitAlong with well rounded secondary characters and even humor that made me laugh out loud. The topics breached in the story while dark are not deeply disturbing and the humor off sets allowing for a good story flow. This book is a definitely a must read if you like a sexy hero, battered, but not broken heroine, need-a-fan on hand kind of lovin’ and some really witty banter between all the characters of the book.

  • 1-Click Addict Support Group
    2019-04-25 01:22

    Word smithery. There are standards, and the characters of Tainted Touch have high ones. The emphasis that Caitlyn and co put on the superior, clever use of the Queen's English (since the book takes place in England, one can only assume we are using Her Majesty's best - which means I'll be sure to add the 'u' to favourite and colour) is a recurring theme and terrifies me a little. What if I can't "smith hard" enough to do them justice?Caitlyn McCoe doesn't like to be touched. Not even by the people she loves - her sister and her best friends. Her ex did a number on her and now touch is tainted, something she can't enjoy. Something she isn't even sure she deserves. Until she encounters Fist Candy, a handsome boxer that she wouldn't mind touching at all. Art Lyons has his own muddy past - an aborted boxing career, an incomplete physiotherapy degree and four mysterious tattooed slashes on his hip. They can help each other heal, but when Cait's ex, Dominic, reappears, and Art's past threatens to drive a wedge between them, they may not get that chance.There is such wonderful balance in this book - the light and dark aspects of life are shown in brilliant contrast. The fragility of life. The importance of laughter and friendship. The joy of loving and being loved. The agony of being left behind, ignored and lost. Tainted Touch brings moments of genuine hilarity, coupled with the potential to bring a reader to tears. With the exception of the deplorable Dominic (surely it's not coincidence that Dominic sounds so much like demonic?!), the supporting characters are fun and friendly - the kind of people you'd like to be friends with in real life. The conversations feel real, the problems they face authentic. I'd like to say I enjoyed this book but I'm not sure that quite covers it. I'm happy I read Tainted Touch, and not only because Fist Candy might be my favourite nickname ever. Lucy V. Morgan uses words, descriptions, emotions and colours to shape a world that, in a way, I'd like to be a part of. But I think I'll have to work on my smithing before they let me.This is a standalone book, no cliffhanger.~ Beth, 4 stars

  • Red Cheeks Reads
    2019-04-28 21:05

    This book started a bit slow for me, and then I realized it was a New Adult and that explained why they so slowly eased into the relationship. As young, broken people, they even took a long time to ease into a simple kiss. They both have a past they are less than proud of or happy with. Cait has no self esteem and was with Dominic for a long time, and Dominic was a mental abuser. He didn’t love her, he showed no affection and gave her such doubts about herself. Art’s past is less than wonderful and he is now dealing with that but even more, he is dealing with how he can tell Cait about his past. Cait first sees Art in the boxing gym, taking his frustrations out on a punching bag, and she is caught up in all that is Art. But she never imagined they would be working together just a week later. He shows interest right away, but she doesn’t see it for what it is. Interest. Her self esteem is so bad that she cant even see his genuine interest. And he is so afraid to make a move on her, because she is it for him, he just knows, and he wants it to be perfect, even their first kiss. The banter better Cait and Art, is amazing, funny, sweet and real. He falls for her right away, and she falls for him as well. It does take forever, almost half the book before they even get to their first kiss, but then in the second half of the books, sparks are flying. The sex scenes are very well written and hot hot hot. I absolutely adore how they interact. Art’s brother Aiden is hysterical, and Cait has a good group of friends at her back.The only real issue for me was that a lot of the banter was with British slang, and I had to look up the words to know what some meant, being as I am not British.I can appreciate how the author handled a very sensitive issue in this storyline (not wanting to give a spoiler so you’ll have to read the book to find out the issue). She did a fine job with it and didn’t turn it into a three ring circus like I have seen with this in the past. I enjoyed this book and would absolutely recommend it.Traci

  • Book Drunk Blog
    2019-05-16 01:13

    *** provided a review copy in exchange for an honest review ***I thought this book was fantastic!! There are so many things I loved about it it's hard to know where to start. Cait is a college student still stinging from a bad relationship and break up. She works weekends at a gym in order to make some cash and use the facilities for free. This is where she first spots Art (also known as "Fist Candy" *snickers*). Once she figures out that he also works there, their little run ins start to build up to something more.Art is one of those dark and broody guys, with a mysterious past Cait just can't quite figure out (she is determined to keep her Facebook stalking skills to a minimum). I love that there are actual dates building the relationship, and they don't fall in to bed with each other five minutes after first making googly eyes at each other (only a few dates though, they are college students, after all). There is definitely a slow build to the relationship, but readers can feel the tension building right along with the characters. When they finally get down to it, it's HOT!Cait's friends Vicky, Rich, and Drew, along with her sister Mills and Art's brother Aiden make up a hysterical cast of characters that add greatly to the story. It doesn't hurt that there are lots of well placed and well used Harry Potter references! Tainted Touch kept me hooked from start to finish. From laughable moments to heartbreaking revelations, it is a witty, engaging, sexy read. Author Lucy V. Morgan has given her characters quick wit and sharp tongues, giving readers constant entertainment and plenty of laugh out loud moments. I look forward to reading more of her work!

  • Lucy Hay
    2019-05-03 04:28

    Enjoyed this. Lucy V Morgan brings forth a storyworld that reminds me very much of DAWSON'S CREEK - young people who are doing "expected" things - uni, friendships, lovers - but in an emotionally literate way. Morgan has a gift for the comedic, with amusing and wry observations about life in your early 20s, as well as a good dose of pathos. There are some diverse characters who are not your "usual", with some interesting ideas about what it means to be a young person in 2015.I particularly liked the lighthouse analogy and how Caitlyn worked through her own baggage, relating it to her burgeoning relationship with Art (who was super hot. FYI). The message is strong and appreciated, the girl "Smiths Hard" as Caitlyn and Vicky would say.

  • Rachel
    2019-05-17 04:28

    Damn, I LOVED this book! I'm an avid reader and read approximately 2-3 books a week in between my work schedule and normally I just read at night for an hour or so before I go to bed. This book went to work with me, I read on my breaks, on my lunch, at night, I stayed up way too late. I got up in the morning and read, read, read until I was pushing the clock and nearly late for work. I just couldn't put it down, I had to know what happened next. Written in British English I had to reread a few sentences to understand the context but this book was absolutely fantastic! I loved every second of it, and Art, OMG swoon! Super swoon and a little more swooning. He 'smith's hard and deep' and I loved it! I've already been telling everyone I know to get this book. It's absolutely worth the read!

  • Sara
    2019-05-12 01:29

    I AM GIVING THIS ALL THE STARS. Lucy Morgan does filthysweet better than any author I have ever read.

  • Jamillah C.
    2019-05-02 01:29

    Enjoyed the banter between the characters

  • Angie Apa
    2019-05-08 01:22

    awesome book i loved the story, keep in mind there's various sexual scenes for those who mind it

  • Lin
    2019-04-24 01:25