Monday, January 6, 2014

Review by Jenn-Rotten by J.L. Brooks

by J.L. Brooks
315 pages
published October 8th 2013
genre:NA Contemporary Romance
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 finds herself 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.
**** 4 ½ -Sexy Sinner- Stars
this review contains minor spoilers
I didn't mean to say that. I am so sorry. I am going straight to hell in gasoline panties aren't I?”

That was not at all what I expected, I like being surprised.
Antoinette (Toni) grew up on the outskirts of Las Vegas in the small town of Sloan. Abandoned by her mother at birth, she was raised by her father, Stephen Knox, who happened to own a local strip club. She spent her whole life being ridiculed and pushed around for that fact alone. Even her one and only childhood friend-turned one night stand, David Stark, avoids her at school. It all becomes too much and after a failed teenaged suicide attempt she flees town vowing to never return.
I made myself a promise after kissing my daddy goodbye. I would never step another foot willingly back in Sloan if I didn't have to. I was getting the fresh start I craved for so very long. No one had to know I was the daughter of a roughneck club owner who no one liked. I could be whoever I wanted to be, and no one would know better. So that's exactly what I did-I became someone else.

Twelve years later, she's living in Indiana and stuck in a seemingly dead-end marriage when she gets a life changing phone call that sends her back to the one place she swore she would never return to. Not long after landing in Sloan she runs right into David, the last person she wanted to see. She hasn't seen or spoken to David since their disastrous one night stand and tension runs high. With some time, the anger and awkwardness starts to fade...then the fun begins. The banter between these two was the best part of the book for me, hott & hilarious-a fantastic combination!
Why the fuck would you keep an empty coffee tin in a cupboard. It's like a cock tease, but worse.”
If coffee is more important to you than dick, that must be some damn good coffee.”
Dick is a little overrated, coffee, however, will never lose it's status among things that make life worth living. I can function without dick; coffee is a whole other beast.”
Don't even go there. Girls fart; anyone who tells you they don't is a liar.”
“You're so no hot when you're being gross; it's like you're my sister and not someone I want to bang.”
“And you're charming, well, all the time when you're not being an asshole.”
Being back in town is forcing her to deal with the demons of her past and it isn't pretty, there is a reason she fled town all those years ago. But what she learns about herself might just cause more harm than good. Through it all, David is by her side holding her hand, or her hair, when she needs it. When old feeling start to surface, she has to decide between the one shes always loved and the one she's committed to.
Unfortunately, I was committed to a man who wanted nothing to do with me, and I desired a man who wanted nothing to do with commitment. Whatever choice I made stood to destroy me.

My guilty conscience started to plague me, telling me I was moving precariously close to an edge I would plunge off and never return. My heart responded. She already has.
It was and emotional ride right from the first chapter. Lots of tears, laughs, frustration and large doses of sexiness. The car scene was just yummy!!
The only thing that could have made it better for me personally was spending some time in David's head, the story is told entirely from Toni's POV and I'm the kind of reader that likes to get the story from both sides. Other than that, I LOVED IT.
Saints are the sinners that keep on going. Don't ever give up.”
It was the perfect analogy of life. Without love and care, we wither away, breaking down until these bodies become uninhabitable. Yet with love, companionship and diligence, we thrive.
About the Author...

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.