Review: Rotten by J.L. Brooks (@AuthorJLBrooks)

Posted 10/13/2013 by BCS Team in Book, Review /// 0 Comments ///

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: Rotten by J.L. Brooks (@AuthorJLBrooks) Title: Rotten
Author: J.L Brooks
Publisher by: Independent
Published on: October 3, 2013
Format: eARC
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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+


Toni is someone I connect to right away for so many reason. I get what her life has been like in the 12 years since she left home.  When she gets the call telling her that her dad has had a stroke she goes home for the first time in years and meets up with David. The guy who broker her heart and made her run far from home.  Toni is no pushover though girl has some serious spunk. The banter between David and Toni make me chuckle throughout the book.  The struggles, the self-discovery, the husband,Andrew, turning out to be a serious douche and her best friend’s betrayal. She struggles until that point and then her life changes, she goes home and she seems to be back where she belongs but will she get a happily ever after?  You will have to read and find out.

JL Brook wrote an awesome story that had me laughing and then toward the end I cried but it was a sweet cry. Don’t miss out on this great read.



“You are trashed right now, aren’t you?” David couldn’t hold back the laughter as I swayed side to side slowly.

I shook my head back and forth, then up and down. “Yesshhhh…

Erin leaned in and told David, “You better watch out, she’s talking about strippers and salvation. Next thing you know, she’s going to get a Bible out and start baptizing people at the bar.”

“Fuck you, Erin, you’re just mad because you want David to christen your head with his baby batter.”

They both looked at me in absolute shock, so I stole the opportunity to slug another shot.

“Yeah, I said it. Let me up – there’s an empty pole and a morning full of regret with my name on it.”



My songs know what you did in the dark (Light em’ up) – Fall Out Boy

Miss.Jackson – Panic at the Disco

My side of the bed- Little Big Town

Another Love- Tom Odell

Skinny Love- Bon Iver

Fall Apart- Every Avenue

Whitley- More than life

Sail- Awol Nation

Radio Active- Imagine Dragons

Crazy- Aerosmith

Poison- Alice Cooper

Cherry Pie- Warrant

Community Property-Steel Panther

Knocking on Heaven’s Door- Guns N Roses

About J.L Brooks

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)