Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Rotten by J.L, Brooks ~ Blog Tour and Giveaway


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+.3.5 Stars


Rotten followed the story of Toni, daughter of a notorious strip club owner in Las Vegas, Stephen Knox. Being abandoned by her mother, her father's lifestyle was the only one she knew. As a teenager she tried to commit suicide only to fail. After getting past it, she is accepted to college far far away from her life and doesn't hesitate twice to leave and never look back.

Ten years later, Toni gets a call that her daddy is in a coma. Needing to return home to him Toni leaves her already failing marriage and heads back to the one place she never thought she'd return. When she gets back to Vegas she's met with many surprises, an old friend, her daddy's life is different then she ever expected, the strip club he owned needs improvement, and his home needs lots of work. These, and many more, challenges bring Toni to question her faith, life, and where it's all headed.

I'm still not sure how I really feel about this book overall as a whole. There were so many parts of it that I loved. Rotten had awesome characters, sex, and humor throughout the book. The humor really kept me going-tons and tons of one liners, sexual innuendos, and smart ass comments that had me laughing out loud multiple times. The main character, Toni, was incredibly strong. She was dealing with life the best way she knew how and learned to put her faith into God and keep living her best. Sure, she had her rough days and wondered "why me" but she kept going and it made me really connect with her.

Despite all this awesomeness it felt a little drawn out for me and felt like it took me forever to get through. I almost felt like too much kept happening in the book but it only added length instead of depth.

Overall, it was a pretty decent read. Not one of my favorites but anything that makes me smile and laugh as much as this one did was well worth it.

*Reviewed by Lauren


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)

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