Title: Tainted Heart (Mi Corazon Sangrante #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Melissa Graves (Interlude Press)
Publication Date & Length: November 5, 2015 – 294 pgs
A year after meeting and falling for a young, mysterious vampire, Dr. Brian Preston is now living and working side-by-side with Kyle Hayes for the agency guiding vampire-human relations at a secret underground facility. As the couple adapts to the demands of Brian’s career tending to vampires, Kyle’s return to school and the needs of their evolving relationship, a dangerous conspiracy puts everyone they know and everything they have been working for in danger.
The sequel to 2014’s Bleeding Heart, Tainted Heart is Book Two in the Mi Corazón Sangrante series.
That is just my personal opinion..
So beside that you do get action, angst and romance. The way everything worked out was good to. You also get the bad guy who tries to ruin the relationship and does something very bad to one of them. You also see a lot of the characters from the first book and meet some new ones also.
So I am sad to say this book was just not for me…
When it gets dark, he texts Brian that he’s going to be out late, and avails himself of not one but three vampire-human nightclubs set along a dense strip of Chicago nightlife. Going alone to places like this always attracts immediate attention, and he isn’t surprised when he has to pry both humans and vampires off of himself. But he doesn’t mind—the blood from the center is humming in his veins, and that buzz takes on a new dimension every time that he swallows a thimbleful of blood from a donor, which he does at least a dozen times over the course of the evening. When he’s more relaxed, he allows bodies against his own, dancing with strangers until strobe lights become normal and everything outside is too dim and still.
The blood changes the world around him. Every color, every sound and every source of light takes on a life of its own.
He loses track of how many donors he pays. All he knows is he’s spent all of the pocket money that Brian gave him for the weekend.
He feels like a bloated tick. He’s been away too long. Brian. He has to get back to Brian.
1) Where do you find your inspiration?
It mostly comes from a desire to create the kind of stories I want to read, and secondarily the ones I want to be told. Whether stories are complex and profound or light and sexy or a combination of many narrative elements, I believe that they should entertain and inspire feelings in others. I’ve always craved stories about queer people living their lives, falling in love and engaging in passionate careers and sometimes being amazing and sometimes being boring, in a setting slightly outside of a “regular” modern one, so vampire fiction has always been an appealing genre for me. Combining gay romance with vampires seemed natural to me, and getting to do that as well as make it explicitly erotic has been a dream come true.
2) When did you first consider yourself a writer?
That’s definitely something all writers feel differently about. I think I was a writer from the moment I crafted my first story idea. But I didn’t label myself as such until I began writing fanfiction in my teens and gained an audience. So I think for me that’s when the word took on a more literal meaning—having people read my work and tell me what they thought of it made me feel like an artist for the first time. Writing novel-length stories solidified that feeling, and being published definitely made me more comfortable applying the label of writer.
3) Do your characters become like real people to you?
Absolutely. My characters’ voices even begin like real people’s voices to me. Their lives and personalities are more like pre-existing things that I just observe and record. I always have a lot of ideas about what I want a story to be, and then they start talking and sometimes change everything about what I thought I was going to do with them. They’re usually smarter than me! But there is a bit of myself in all of them, even if it’s just a very small part of what makes them up.
4) If you weren’t a writer, what else would you like to have done?
Go crazy? Yep. That is 100% true. Okay, maybe not. Since my writing is very visual and dialogue is my favorite, I would probably have been happy to play a production or pre-production role in making films or television. I think I could get a similar sense of fulfillment bringing stories to life on screen—though the stories I would want to see made would definitely not be able to air on prime time television!
5) What do you want your tombstone to say?
I’m a cremation sort of gal, so hopefully there won’t ever be one!
But hypothetically, I’d want it to be something either funny or from my work. I’d like to be remembered for my sarcastic sense of humor or my erotica—or both. Can tombstones be NSFW (or young eyes)? Woops.
A veteran writer of fanfiction known as MissBeizy to her online readers, Melissa Graves’ stories have thousands of followers. At age 13, she wrote her first work of fan-based fiction, and by age 16, had met her future husband in an online vampire fiction chat room. A fan of science fiction/fantasy, she has a degree in anthropology and a passion for good chocolate, amateur erotica and fan worlds that celebrate diversity. She is mother to two cats.