Friday, August 26, 2016

Review for Author Anonymous by EK Blair


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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"The thing is, when emotions are involved, all hell breaks loose. It's the single most powerful thing we have no control over."

I have sat on this review for a few days now; mulling it over, trying to figure out how to best effectively explain what this book did to me and HOW it made me feel. WHAT it made me feel. I think the easiest thing to do, honestly, is to break it up into two parts. There is SO much to discuss when it comes to this book. I am sure I will leave out some parts, but I REALLY want to discuss this with people after they've read it. So many points to consider. 

~~ First of all, as an author, EK Blair did an amazing job writing such a controversial, yet emotional and honest book. She set my emotions going from the very first page, and kept me on the edge of my seat during the entire book. Seriously. The entire time I was reading, I was entranced. Not only did I get invited into someone's world for a first hand look at what had happened, but I also got to 'live' it through Ek's words. I applaud EK for writing this as well as she did, but also Anonymous' willingness to have her story told. Brave? Maybe, but it was definitely an intriguing story to read. It was so easy to follow and get caught up in. 

Powerful and compelling, this was emotional turmoil wrapped up into one amazing story. This was raw, this was angering, this was eye-opening.

~~ As for the story, and what went on, this story made me feel so many warring emotions: sorrow, pain, anger and elation, just to name a few. I felt the gamut of emotions with this one.

Sorrow because it really makes you stop and think about what causes someone to look outside their marriage and actually be able to go through with it. Whether it's a negligent spouse, an angry lover or a curious mind, there are people out there that can fill any crack in a seemingly perfectly strong marriage. This story is the perfect example. I knew she was confused, she was selfish and she was lost....but I also knew she was searching for something she was missing, and I felt that she needed to find that in order to come to terms with what was going on overall in her world, just so she could fix it. 

Pain because I had to see her husband's broken heart when the gut-wrenching truth came out. The pain with the realization that his whole world was about to be upheaved. But, also, believe it or not....the raw emotion that Anonymous felt as she navigated her feelings and finally accepting that her fears were going to come to fruition. I needed to remind myself as I read this book that it was a true story. Nothing was made up. This was the raw, dirty truth behind a sordid affair. This was a REAL family going through REAL pain. 

Anger because I couldn't believe the lengths she went through to do what she did. The betrayal? The lies? It all played into this tale and was integral to the overall storyline, and it is obviously what pushed it along, but my gosh. I literally read it with my hand over my mouth, wide eyed and gasping.

Elation because, who doesn't love the feelings you get with a new love? The new excitement of meeting someone new and falling in love all over again? I will be the first to admit, I fell in love with both men. I did. But the deal is, they both gave her something she needed and craved at some point. They both filled something necessary for her to be happy. I loved His "no fucks given" attitude, I loved His dominance and I loved how He took care of her and allowed her to release her own fears and inhibitions. He made her question her norm and grow from it. But, I also loved her husband because he comforted her and made her understand what it felt to be deeply loved. Her husband was the first real love she felt and I loved watching them fall in love with each other. 

I fell in love with both men in this book....and I was so angry at Anonymous. But, by the time I was done, I had a better understanding of her world, her insecurities, her issues/failures as a wife/mom, and it made me stop and think about how this really is so many different women's stories. It was mine at one point. It's legit. 

This book will test every moral dilemma you've ever experienced, from the mundane to the seedy. It did for me....because I was rooting for the affair!! Why?? Why would I root for the demise of a love that looked so perfect from the outside? Because I understood that 'high' feeling she got with Him and how He made her feel. I understood her desire to feel loved, needed and taken care of. I think that is something everyone craves deep down. I felt her remorse, but I felt her 'high'. I felt the lust and the pain. I felt so much. I warred with my own emotions while reading this book, and the discussions I have already had with many readers tells me that this will not be a book put down lightly. So many sides to argue, points to make, and questions to ponder.

"I never meant to hurt you. You're every part of me and I can't lose you."
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New York Times, USA Today, and International bestselling author, E.K. Blair, takes her readers on an emotional roller coaster with her books. 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 and has been noted as 'The Queen of Dark and Twisted'. 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.



*ARC Review*

1 comment:

  1. Loved your review!I am so intrigued by this book and I am dying to read it :)