Review: Tinged by Rachel Blaufeld

Review: Tinged by Rachel BlaufeldPublished on 15 May 2017
Published by Rachel Blaufeld Publishing
Source: ARC

Copy for review provided by ARC in exchange for an honest review.

“You’re not tinged, babe. Not then, not now, not ever. I love you. And you don’t need the ocean water to cleanse you. Whatever crap you’re spewing is just that—BS. You’re perfect.”

Lynx fled the Vegas Underground for Miami, desperate to uncover certain secrets of her past when she goes rogue in a dangerous world.

Michael Anthony Wind shed his pretty-boy upbringing and family legacy for his first job as a bouncer at the Electric Tunnel. Now successful in his own right, he’s only missing his woman.

When she’s finally found, Lynx is broken, unsure if she can be put back together. Mike may be strong, but is he strong enough for the job?

Their story isn’t beautiful or safe, but it’s theirs. Two tortured souls colored by their past, looking to paint a different future.

Rachel Blaufeld returns to the Electric Tunnel universe with the third book in the series; Tinged. this is the darkest and grittiest story I have read by this author, but if you take into account the subject matter it was always going to be a challenging story.

“Thank you for waiting for me… Believing in me.”

“It wasn’t hard. You’re all I’ve ever wanted.”

I haven’t read the previous two books in this series, and although I think it may have benefitted me in giving a deeper understanding to a lot of the secondary characters in this book, I don’t think my reading enjoyment was impaired from not having read them first, so if you are concerned about this don’t be as Tinged can absolutely be read as a standalone.

I was chasing a hooker-one that I believed I was hopelessly in love with…

It’s hard to write a review for this one without giving too much of the plot away, I am not sure if the beginning of this couple’s relationship was covered in the previous books, I suspect so a Lynx and Mike’s background information implies that to me, but the quote above adequately gives you the reasons for this book. Lynx’s sudden disappearance from Mike’s life, and his attempts to find her.

”You’re not tinged… Not then, not now, not ever.”

As you would expect the world of prostitution, pimps and strip clubs is not the stuff of fairytales and the author has definitely not portrayed it that way. Mike; although the big burly, crass and forthright strip club owner, has a certain vulnerability behind that brittle outer shell, and although operating on what some of us would class the seedier side of life, really went out of his way to take care of the underdog. As I said there isn’t a massive amount I can say about the story without giving things away, but I am sure you can come up with a few ideas yourself as to what could potentially happen to a beautiful young woman, who sells her body for money but then disappears without a trace.

I’d put her back together, stitch her up inside and out, and love her until she was whole.

The story is told from both POV’s so you experience what Lynx is going through, as well as Mike’s emotional turmoil whilst trying to find out where she went. The second part of the story is the rebuilding of that relationship after everything has happened, and again it’s a bit gritty, and a little dark in places, but as with more treasures, you need to clean away the dust, dirt, and grime to find the precious material beneath it.

”Loved you since we first me and plan to love you forever, messy or not.”

I won’t lie this is a story that took me out of my comfort zone, given the option between a story of this type and something a little more… let’s say fluffier I would generally go for the fluff. But this is Rachel Blaufeld, everything I have read by this author turns into an emotional as much as enjoyable reading experience, and Tinged was not different, although it feels a bit wrong calling Mike and Lynx’s story enjoyable, as I was more on tenterhooks through a lot of it than sitting there with a smile on my face. As with all of her books, the story pulls you in, leaves you a little bit breathless, and keeps you in its grasp until the end, it was certainly an experience reading this couple’s fight to get their happily ever after.

”It’s time to look forward.”



About Rachel Blaufeld

Rachel Blaufeld is a bestselling author of Romantic Suspense, New Adult, Coming-of-Age Romance, and Sports Romance. A recent poll of her readers described her as insightful, generous, articulate, and spunky. Originally a social worker, Rachel creates broken yet redeeming characters. She’s been known to turn up the angst like cranking up the heat in the dead of winter.

A devout coffee drinker and doughnut eater, Rachel spends way too many hours in local coffee shops, downing the aforementioned goodies while she plots her ideas. Her tales may all come with a side of angst and naughtiness, but end as lusciously as her treats.

As a side note, Blaufeld, also a long-time blogger and an advocate of woman-run anything, is fearless about sharing her opinion. She captured the ears of stay-at-home and working moms on her blog, BacknGrooveMom, chronicling her adventures in parenting tweens and running a business, often at the same time. To her, work/life/family balance is an urban legend, but she does her best.

Rachel has also blogged for The Huffington Post and Modern Mom. Most recently, her insights can be found in USA TODAY, where she shares conversations at “In Bed with a Romance Author” and reading recommendations over at “Happy Ever After.”

Rachel lives around the corner from her childhood home in Pennsylvania with her family and two beagles. Her obsessions include running, coffee, basketball, icing-filled doughnuts, antiheroes, and mighty fine epilogues.

When she isn’t writing, she can be found courtside, tweeting about hoops as her son plays, or walking around the house wearing earplugs while her other son, the drummer, bangs away.

To connect with Rachel, she’s most active in her private reading group, The Electric Readers, where she shares insider information and intimate conversation with her readers