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+.
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.”
What happens when all your life you’re under the belief that you’re the person who is viewed as being “Rotten”? That’s what Toni thought about her life that she knew when she was younger, the funny thing is, and that it was all in Toni’s imagination. I don’t know what the events that lead up to JL Brooks writing this book, but boy oh boy it was an eye opener. Rotten showed that one should not judge and made assumption, that’s what Toni did and all along she judged her dad & David of being a certain way. But once tragedy struck she had to make it back home & realized that the way she viewed her past was wrong. Toni was the kind of girl that you know you could hang out with, the banter & friendship that she & David shared is on that a reader can appreciate. I can’t believe how much I laughed & cried while reading this book, I felt so bad when Toni was betrayed by the one person she thought she loved & trusted. Oh & ladies let’s not forget about David, ahhhh can you say hot, sexy, handsome man, wow that up against the wall scene made me break out in a sweat, literally. This was the first book I’ve read by JL & let me tell you, she have a fan for a lifetime, I loved this book soooo much.
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)