Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Review: Exposure (Exposure #1) by Annie Jocoby

Book coverExposure (Exposure #1) by Annie Jocoby
Purchase link: Amazon

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Heat rating: Flame  Flame  Flame  Flame


Photographer CJ Parker is a woman who has literally not gone outside for the past six months. She’s been hiding from the world, and from life, ever since an unimaginable tragedy forced her into seclusion. 

On the one day where she decides to finally venture outside, she meets the mysterious billionaire, Asher Sloane. Dark-headed, magnetic, and gorgeous, Asher drips sex and animal magnetism. He draws CJ out of her shell and into the world, while showing her things that she never knew existed. 

What CJ doesn’t know is that Asher has a dangerous past. Behind his beautiful blue eyes and confident demeanor lies dark secrets that, if they are brought to light, could mean the end of CJ and Asher’s relationship. 

Will the exposure of Asher’s past destroy them?

Warning: This book has plenty of hot and steamy sex scenes featuring an alpha male who knows what he wants and knows exactly how to get it.

I had very low expectations of this book when I started it because my good friend gave it a whopping DNF after getting really aggravated with it about 10% in. Fortunately, for me, I found that what aggravated her, only amused me and the book was not dreadful.

That said, when I read Annie Jocoby's  writing, I feel like someone is speaking really slowly to me in short, simple sentences because they fear I am slow and unable to comprehend big words and complex sentences. When significant events unfold in the story, instead of showing them to me, I feel like Ms Jocoby is hitting me over the head with them using a blunt object.

More importantly, because this is supposed to be an erotic romance, I think Ms Jocoby needs a sex thesaurus. There are more words than "cock" to describe the male sex organ, unfortunately, Ms Jocoby seems to be very attached to that word and used it over 40+ times in the book (I counted!). Towards the end of the book, even if she had used the dreaded "manroot" I would have cheered! A person can only read "do you want this hard cock?" so many times without rolling their eyes in exasperation.

I liked CJ right from the start. She had a debilitating illness that was keeping her from living her life and she was doing something about it. In fact, the story opens with her trying to take control of her life, even if she was motivated by financial desperation, and that's how she meets Asher. CJ is what I like to call a brave heroine that you can cheer for. She's flawed and practically crippled by her illness but she fights her way through that to become a better version of herself, wanting to be well enough to live a better life. There are moments when CJ's character does some things that are really childish and crass, which were really off putting but on the whole, she's a likable if rather immature character. In fact, with the style of Ms Jocoby's writing, both characters come across at times as juvenile and immature.

As for Asher, he's at once confounding and a little too perfect, and then not at all. Right from the start there are many misconceptions of who he is and how perfect he is and it's not till the very end that you find out that he has some dark secrets that the is keeping from CJ.

As the story progresses, it takes some interesting turns, and even though the writing style itself left much to be desired, I enjoyed the story. There were at least 3 points in the story where something happens and I stop and think "huh, I didn't see that coming!" which I liked.

The ending also surprised me, even though I had read the blurb for the next book already. I'm definitely wanting to read the next book to see what comes next.

* I got this book for free from Amazon.

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The other book in the series:

Focus (Exposure #2)
Available for Pre-Order
Release date: 1 April 2015

About the author

authorAnnie Jocoby is the author of 8 contemporary romance novels and 3 New Adult contemporary romance novels. Her motivation to begin writing these novels is that she was interested in writing about rich men who actually love and respect their women. Her heroes are alpha and damaged, yet also genuinely good guys.

Ryan, Nick, Luke and Asher are all complicated characters who have experienced plenty of darkness, yet always seek the light. They would all go to the ends of the earth to protect the women they love. And they're all sexy, enigmatic, magnetic and great in bed. :)

If you like heroes who can make you swoon, heroines who are feisty yet vulnerable, and plenty of hot sex, these books are for you!

Author links: Website

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