Jessye has dabbled in a little too much dark magic, and now she needs her consort Syrus to help her regain some of her control. Syrus has his own problems: Lorrie, the woman who destroyed his wife, is now trying to kill him as well and the feeling’s mutual.
In this third of the Blood Claim series, Selena Illyria explores love, expectations, and belonging as Jessye and Syrus first fight their blood claim, then go on a psychological journey to eventually learn that together they are more powerful than apart. Throughout much of the book, the couple fight their feelings, but their love is resolved in time for them to take on the final battle to gain revenge and save the clan. Interesting world-building and a well-developed system of magic make the story interesting, though the couple's ongoing reluctance to acknowledge their feelings slows it down.
Great characters from earlier in the series Kit and Rysen show up in Tainted. While reading the previous outings enrich this read, Tainted stands well on it’s own.