A TRUE STORY told through the voice of New York Times Bestselling author E.K. Blair.
She’s an author.
She’s a mother.
She’s a wife.
She’s a fraud.
A woman marked and bound by her own deceit, this is the astounding tale of how one choice knocked her world from its axis forcing her to battle through a year of scandal and betrayal, blurring the lines between reality and fantasy.
This is an intoxicatingly risqué stand-alone true story tangled in lust, heartbreak, and contrition.
*** 3 Star Review ***
I have been conflicted with my thoughts and feelings on this book. Let me start by saying that I have loved E.K.'s books in the past. Her writing has always drawn me in. Unfortunately, I was not a fan of this book and the writing... Let me try to explain...
I am not one to be turned away by most tropes, the one in this book included. These things don't typically elicit such a strong hatred within me. Maybe because I am able to separate fact from fiction. With this book, we are being told that it is true, so maybe that is why I found myself completely loathing the characters in this story.
Another contributing factor to why I loathed these characters (let's face it, if I loath the characters, then the story is completely lost to me) is how the story is written. It is clear that E.K. wants you to empathize with Tori. She wants you to side with her in the fact that her actions are not her own fault. That really got under my skin. Tori never accepts responsibility for her actions. In fact, she blames everyone close to her for her choices.
Tori's blatant disregard for her family made me furious. Nothing in her life mattered, her husband or her children, except her own need for instant self-gratification. I can't stand behind a character so selfish, nor can I stand behind the writing that seems to encourage these things.
Everyone seems to want to know who this story is about. I definitely don't. If this is someone I look up to, I don't want to know this side of them. I don't want to look at them differently. At one point, I wondered if the "true story" was just a publicity thing. Then at another point, I wondered if this were E.K.'s story because of how she wrote it. No matter what the case, I am perfectly fine being blind to the fact that this is an anonymous story.
It is clear I am not in the majority with this book. You might wonder why three stars. Typically, I give a book three stars accompanied with a more positive review with a few drawbacks. Well, for me it is simple. I did my best to take a step back and ask myself if I had not been told this was a true story, what would I rate it? Hence, the three stars. The writing was good, but not great (especially compared to E.K.'s past books). The plot was a little slow-moving and drawn out, but good. There is somewhat enough drama to keep the story moving, even if at a slower pace.
New York Times, USA Today, and International Bestselling Author E.K. Blair, takes her readers on an emotional roller coaster with her dynamic and intense writing style. Noted for her ability to create fleshed-out characters that will evoke a realm of reactions, you can be assured that her stories will linger with you far beyond the last word. A former first grade teacher with an imagination that runs wild. Daydreaming and zoning out is how she was often found in high school. Blair tends to drift towards everything dark and moody. Give her a character and she will take pleasure in breaking them down, digging into their core to find what lies underneath. Aside from writing, E.K. Blair finds pleasure in music, drinking her Starbucks in peace, and spending time with her friends. She’s a thinker, an artist, a wife, a mom, and everything in between.
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