So, today is my stop on the blog tour for A Proclivity To Prurience by Cheryl Butler, this was definitely an interesting read!
A big thank you to Emma from Damp Pebbles for inviting me to take part in this.
Joe’s controversial approach to life is fuelled by his fixation on Abbie, and a beautiful wedding offers the perfect opportunity for him to seduce her – everyone loves a wedding, don’t they? The only hurdle is Eddie – Abbe’s son and Joe’s best friend – but inebriated and forcing an end to the evening, he inadvertently assists Joe’s quest and a suitably indulgent night beckons. But what should have been a culmination of Joe’s eleven-year obsession descends into chaos and devastation, wrenching Joe from all he’s known for the majority of his life. Accustomed to getting what he wants, it’s not until he really gets what he wants that his world unravels and his control slips away. Be careful what you wish for, be careful who you wish for, for obsession comes with a price… but is it a price worth paying?
Explicit – strictly 18+
– Goodreads –
I’m a little nervous writing a review for this book as it seriously pushed me out of my comfort zone! The explicit warning should have given me an idea of just how hot under the collar this book would make me feel. This isn’t for the faint-hearted as there is a lot of sex with some pretty dark themes. There were times when I felt like the plot was lost within all the sex scenes, however this is just a small criticism.
The book is very well written and the author managed to develop relatable characters which are often unlikable. Joe is a very dark and complex character whose actions made me feel a lot of different emotions, mainly frustration and anger being honest. I’m still on the fence with my feelings towards Abbie, is she taking advantage of young boys/men? What makes her so irresistible to them?
This book seriously pushes the boundaries of lust and obsession, there were scenes, especially with Joe that made me very uncomfortable but I suppose that all adds to his character. The book was addictive and the ending definitely made me want to continue with the series as I’m curious to see what happens next!
So who is Cheryl Butler?
Having worked in a variety of industries, Cheryl has met many interesting people and, with a profound interest in what makes them tick, she has spent a lifetime of asking ‘What would I do in that situation?’ and ‘What if things happened this way?’, creating a multitude of plots and twists that she had always dismissed until one storyline nagged her constantly and she decided to alleviate herself of the burden, committing her ideas to virtual paper. Assuming she would run out of steam five chapters or so in, she amazed herself by writing two novels within a year and A Proclivity To Prurience was born. It was difficult to write, given the themes, but Cheryl felt it was a story that would resonate in the current climate. Writing between a part-time job and raising two young children was a task in itself, but, every spare minute was spent doing so or thinking about doing so and her characters took on a life of their own.
Cheryl loves character-driven tales with a psychological edge and aims to produce that kind of work herself, and she’s not afraid to tackle issues that some may find difficult… other than horror – she can’t read or write horror as she scares far too easily!
Aside from writing and her family, Cheryl’s greatest passion is music and she can easily lose herself in a favourite album or song, rather like she does within a book she’s writing or reading, and a musician’s ability to move you on any level is pure genius.
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See you guys in the next one…