Saturday, October 19, 2013

{5 Star Review, Blog Tour & Giveaway} Rotten by J.L. Brooks


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+.


Ever just pick up a book and want to shake it! Shake it because it brings out so many emotions in you that it just drives you crazy!
That is EXACTLY what Rotten by J.L. Brooks did to me! It drove me crazy in a good way! It was PHENOMENAL. It had everything a good story needs. It caught your attention from line one, hook line and sinker. 

Rotten is the story of Antoinette Knox, known to her friends and family as Toni or her stepford wife half as Annie. Toni left her life, the life she thought she hated twelve years ago. She left the life of the strip club owners daughter and whore, or so everyone thought. 

One event changed Toni's life forever, one person changed Toni's life forever. 
David Stark.

After years of running from who she really is, tragedy sends Toni barreling back to the life she thought she had left behind forever. Toni packs up her perfect wife self, leaves her unloving husband, and heads back to the only man who has ever made her feel whole. 

Toni and David are amazing. They are real, they are compassionate, and they are honest. Everything about these main characters just draws you in. It has been so long since I have read a book where the character actually felt like a friend, a real life person, rather than a person just on the pages of a book. 
Toni and David's love story is one for the book. 
It is the true boy/girl next door love.

With Toni married, David and her try to deny themselves what really makes them happy but in the end, true love always prevails. 

I would highly recommend this book to anyone. The author took the time to make you see everything Toni had to deal with to become the person she was always meant to be. Five Star Read! 

Bravo, J.L. Brooks! You have made a huge fan out of me!


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)


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