Monday, June 1, 2015

Tarnished by Ethan Radcliff

Title: Tarnished
Author: Ethan Radcliff
Publisher: Bitten Press
Genre: M/F erotic, contemporary
Pages: 150
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher’s Blurb
Joe Murphy is a boxer. He’s twenty-eight years old and what most women would call hot. He’s a player, and his lifestyle is ruining his career.
Joe always hooks up with the wrong women, head jobs and debutantes looking to further their own careers. Joe’s had it, he’s crashing and he’s doing nothing to stop his decent into his own personal hell.
Darlene Russo is a single mom and a huge boxing fan. Except she can’t afford to attend any of the bouts, she watches from afar, she’s a cleaning lady for the biggest sports arena in Brooklyn, New York.
Darlene finds the drunken boxer, and helps him get home. The next morning she wakes up in his bed, scared and confused. Their night together comes in on her, the lovemaking and their use of no protection. Her worries were just beginning and Joe Murphy would face the test of his life.

Tarnished is the first book I have read by Ethan Radcliff, I really enjoyed his style of writing. I liked the character of Joe. When we meet him he is a very flawed character. Drinking, drugs, women that is his motto ohh and boxing let’s not forget that.  He is a horn dog for sure. But he happens to molest a woman who really can turn his life around.
Darlene is a maid at the hotel Joe is staying at. Joe come in just plowed out of his mind, ends up having sex with her. She has a son, and knows this is wrong she should be more responsible but Joe is really that attractive to her.
I liked the heat and passion between these two. It felt very real.  Darlene turns out to be the one Joe cannot forget.  Darlene needs a better man than a play boy prize fighter who drinks a lot. I like that Joe was able to turn that all around.   He showed us sometimes you can turn your life around for the right person or the right incentive.  When you want a passionate connection that is truly unforgettable this is the book to pick up. 

                                Five Shooting Stars

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