Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Release Day Review ~ Author Anonymous by EK Blair

 

The controversial true story of Author Anonymous written by EK Blair is NOW LIVE!!!!



Book Description:

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.


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Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4.5 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***


“…you swear those words aren’t cheap, but you just shit all over them, didn’t you?”


EK Blair has always been a top favourite author of mine, from the days of Fading her writing has always captivated me and has always taken me on an unforgettable journey and Author Anonymous is no different. But, and this is a huge BUT, this is unlike anything else she has written. Author Anonymous is either a clever marketing tactic or Author Anonymous is one of the most selfish authors imaginable and no wonder she wants to remain anonymous. But, and this another one of those huge buts, kudos to the author for telling her story warts and all, knowing that she is not painting a pretty picture of herself, her actions and her thought processes. This was an honest, recount of real life, a life that I would guess anyone could be sucked into if they so inclined, a life where the grass looks greener on the other side never mind the repercussions.


“Life is messy, and you can’t compare reality to fiction because you’ll always wind up disappointed.”


EK Blair captured this story perfectly, the story was addictive, totally unputdownable, it was the car crash of all car crashes, yet the deeper EK Blair takes you, you just cannot look away, bracing yourself for impact. The way this story was told was masterful in its delivery, essentially making a cringe worthy story, exciting, compelling and unmistakably real. This story runs you through a gamut of emotions, it was intoxicating, infuriating, maddening, suspenseful, alluring, insanely hot and one huge guilty pleasure.

I do not condone Anonymous’s behaviour in any way shape or form and to be honest I couldn’t really understand her thought processes because as a stranger looking in, she had a great life, a fantastic life even. She was doing what she loved, she had a husband that adored the ground she walked on and was making a better life for them all and two adorable children. Yes, her husband worked long hours getting his business off the ground, but this gave her the capacity to write and be a mother, she was successful in her own right and had no money worries. She seemingly had it all. But sometimes having everything is not enough.


“There’s nothing left. I can’t pull on your heartstrings when they’re no longer attached to anything.”


Having been a reader and a blogger for years and years it is apparent how much research authors put into their stories, after all, all these stay at home mums can’t possibly all be privy to sex clubs, whips and chains et al. Writing about these women that are essentially swept off their feet by multi-millionaires with extreme sexual proclivities must make you wonder what living in your heroine’s shoes would be like. But what happens when real life makes that wonderment a potential reality? Well, if you are Anonymous, you grab it with both hands.


“You didn’t even care enough about me to say good-bye before you found someone else.”


I feel bad passing judgement on a complete stranger, but if Anonymous is putting her story out there she is essentially asking people to do that and despite your best intentions you cannot help but have your own thoughts and opinions on her character. As I said above, it is extremely honest, brutally honest and it is this honesty that gives you the greatest ammunition to come to conclusions. Anonymous was selfish, manipulative, conniving and deceitful. She lost track of who she was and was swept away with the illicit, the exciting, the unobtainable, she was an attention whore who was self-absorbed and readily discarded, manipulated and hurt those closest to her. We all read to escape, but it remains just that…an escape. Most would never act upon it, wouldn’t dream of it, after all it is fiction. What hurt the most with this book though was her family, her total lack of thought towards her kids and her husband. The way Anonymous toyed with her husband’s heart, his feelings, his emotions was brutal, I shed the most tears for him. The way she ignored her kids, totally unacceptable and totally irredeemable, they were innocents in all this. But mostly I hurt because she seemingly got her cake and ate it. And yes, I hurt for the third party, because despite everything, I actually believed he cared and loved. Everyone got hurt, there was definitely no happily ever after for anyone in this book.


“One year of fighting after we’ve spent thirteen years building this life together, and you’re ready to walk away? I’d fight for you till the death.”


The insight into the book world was both intriguing and disgruntling. Snippets of hearsay and social media ramblings by many authors actually had credence as the cloak surrounding signings and author relations was lifted for just a little. How an author can hit bestselling lists after knowingly turning out sub-par work and relying on marketing, fans and reputation to sell basically portraying readers as obedient lap dogs. How disheartening it is, especially for me as a blogger to finally realise how and why they can do this when many, many spectacular books fly under the radar.


“Love is not the same as obligation.”


In summary though, it was EK Blair that made this book, she made this story, it was her writing that made it addictive and unputdownable, it was her that pulled at my heart strings, it was her that made me so angry I was on the verge on combustion. She didn’t sugar coat it, it was naked in all its fucked up glory. Do I like Anonymous…no, do I wish I knew who it was…yes, would I read her books if I knew…hell no…but the worrying thing…I probably have read her, I probably will remain to read her because she knew this was commercial suicide, hence the veil of anonymity. Yes, it would have been great fiction, but this was real, it was someone’s life and at the end of the day my compassion lies with her husband and kids.


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About the Author:

 

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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