Thursday, October 17, 2013

Review: "Rotten"

Growing up on the outskirts of Las Vegas as the daughter of notorious strip club owner, Stephen Knox, and a mother who abandoned her at birth, life was less than kind to a young Antoinette.

After a failed teenage suicide attempt, Toni hit the road in search of a life free of undeserved cruelty and any resemblance to her past. 

Years later, Toni is lost in a dead end marriage and makes a painful confession that sends her back to the one place she always wanted to escape. But can she really right the wrongs that haunt her? Toni soon finds that the only place where things stay the same is in your mind.

When her path crosses with David Stark, childhood playmate turned one night stand, she cannot deny the spike in temperature she feels every time he's near or the scorching dreams that flood her at night.

Digging through the years of heartache, Toni soon finds herself torn between the man she is committed to and the one who has always held her heart. As each layer unfolds before her, she discovers the root cause of her pain. Always believing the source was external, nothing could prepare her for the truth.
*This book contains sexual content and adult language. Intended for readers 17+.
Toni was raised outside of Vegas. The daughter of the local strip club, she was continually looked down upon.  As the sins of the father were put on the shoulders of the daughter, things happened. After a life changing event, she decided to leave Sloan and never look back.
Ten years later, Toni is a psychologist and looking for redemption. Her marriage is having problem because of her husbands illness. Her father is now in the hospital. Will going to see her father make things right in her life? After the turning events in a couple months time, she'll find that nothing is ever as it seems
This book was truly amazing.  Yes, it's a steamy read, but there is so much more to it. It's about not assuming that you know all the details and not letting your own mind write another person's story without the facts. Toni was such a confused character. She tries to be the straight-laced professional and perfect wife, but lost her true self in the process, though I don't think she ever let her true self out.
David is amazing. Everyone seems to expect the worst of him and truly it's his fault. He doesn't care what others think and doesn't seem to realize that it's causing part of the problems in his life.  The way he takes care of Toni and her father shows his true character.
The way that Toni handles all that she goes through is almost comical at times. Break out the badass because she's gonna make sure people get what's coming to them. I felt bad for her being betrayed so thoroughly. It was just a betrayal either because she was also mentally screwed with if you think about it.
This is definitely a 5 star read! I blew through this book, devouring every page. The characters are great, they all have a flip side beyond the hard exterior.
"Saints are the sinners that keep on going"- Fr. Joseph Laurie, "Rotten"

Taking my index finger and placing it in my mouth, I slowly licked the top and sides before running my hand across my stomach and into my panties without breaking eye contact. Rolling my head back, I closed my eyes. “Get out.”
“Uh, uh, no way.” He stood motionless as he leaned against the dresser, his eyes fixed on the hand between my legs.
Giving an indignant sigh, I removed my hand and walked over to him. Running the index finger across my lips, inhaling the heady scent, I smiled lazily as his breathing increased. Without a word, I dipped my finger into his coffee mug and swirled it around a few times before giving it a shake and licking off the excess.
Batting my eyelashes, I smiled innocently. “I noticed yesterday you were low on sugar. You’re welcome.”



 JL Brooks is a former columnist turned novelist. What started as a bet changed her entire course in life. With a passion for adventure, she believes everyone has a story to tell. Chances are she will try to convince you to tell yours.
Previous works: Distractions, Stories for Amanda (Contributing Author)