Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; March 23, 2010
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Miki Summers is addicted to sex. All sex. Onesomes, twosomes, threesomes, tensomes. Valencia is bisexual and engaged, but wants to keep her girlfriend Miki on the side. Her Fiance wants her to be monogamous to only him. Brandi is hooked on sex with strangers and one night stands. Teela is hooked on watching. She often takes other women home to watch her husband have sex with them. Each of these women meet one night at a Sexual Addicts Anonymous meeting. The story then proceeds to detail their lives, and their addictions after the meeting. Each chapter switches from one woman to the other, eventually bringing the story of all four woman together.
I first received an offer to take part in a blog tour for this book. The tour part sounded interesting. I agreed though with no idea what the world of Erotic Literature was truly like, well outside of some semi-pornographic novels my mother unknowingly purchased at a yard sale when I was 14. At first, while reading it, I was shocked. That’s not typically something easy to do. But it was uncomfortable. I felt like I was reading a porn movie, a bit voyeuristic. Heavy, hardcore descriptions of acts, some of which I’d never heard of. As the novel progressed though, I began to see the tragedy of the characters. Even though they could probably see their worlds crumbling around them, the addiction was too strong to deny. Like with smoking, alcohol, and drugs, they just kept searching for a newer and stronger high.
By the end of this, my focus wasn’t “I can’t believe she just wrote all that”, but was on the characters, and wondering what was going to happen to them. I could see the train coming, through their eyes, and know they were headed towards dangerous situations, but powerless to do anything to stop them. And I think that’s the true idea behind addiction, whether it’s sex, drugs, food, or anything else. It’s that powerlessness over it, and the inability to stop even though you see the dangers ahead.
The characters seemed very realistic to me. I actually cared what happened to them. Maybe it’s the fact that I’ve known versions of these people throughout my life, and known people facing addictions. I’ve struggled for years in not smoking, so in my own small way I can see things from their perspective. The author also did a good job in detailing the need, like with AA for admitting that you are powerless, and the need for some higher power.
The sex scenes are very graphically described. I would mark this for adults over 18 only, and if given a rating would probably give it a hard R or light X. At the same time though, I feel it’s a book that someone dealing with addiction, or who knows someone who is, could relate to, and maybe get some encouragement from. For that reason, or if you enjoy erotic literature, I’d say pick it up, I don’t think you’d be disappointed. But if you’re the type that gets embarassed or upset at wardrobe malfunctions during a super bowl game, then I’d say it’s probably not the book for you.
If you or a loved one do have problems with sexual addiction, and need to seek help, this might be a good place to start: http://www.sexaa.org/
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Be sure and check out our interview with Pynk here, read an article from her here and enter our contest to win a copy of her book here
*Disclaimer* A special thanks goes out to Anna at Hachette Book Group for allowing me to participate in this blog tour, helping arrange an interview with Pynk, and for providing some books to give to you. This in no way influenced my review of this book.
Be sure and stop by all the other participants in this blog tour and see what they had to say about this book.
www.armsofasister.blogspot.com 4/7/2010 Review, Giveaway
www.bookwormygirl.blogspot.com 4/7/2010 Review, Giveaway
http://reesspace.blogspot.com 4/7/2010 Feature, Giveaway
http://sumanam.wordpress.com/ 4/7/2010 Feature, Review, Giveaway, Q&A [Seems like this site is gone now]
http://www.masoncanyon.blogspot.com 4/7/2010 Giveaway
http://fredasvoice.blogspot.com 4/8/2010 Feature, Review, Giveaway, Guest Post
www.bibliophilicbookblog.com 4/9/2010 Review, Giveaway
www.authorexposure.com 4/9/2010 Feature, Giveaway
http://myoverstuffedbookshelf.blogspot.com/ 4/10/2010 Review, Giveaway
http://momofboyswithtoys.blogspot.com 4/10/2010 Feature, Review, Giveaway
www.longlivechicklit.wordpress.com 4/10/2010 Review
http://a-mom-life.blogspot.com 4/11/2010 Feature, Review, Giveaway
http://onemorefoggynotion.blogspot.com/ 4/12/2010 Feature, Review, Giveaway, Guest Post
www.justjenniferreading.blogspot.com 4/12/2010 Review, Giveaway
http://myfoolishwisdom.blogspotmcom 4/14/2010 Review, Q&A
http://bethsbookreviewblog.blogspot.com/ 4/14/2010 Giveaway