Book Review: Author Anonymous by E.K. Blair

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BOOK REVIEW

Title: Author Anonymous
Author: E.K. Blair
Reviewer: Grace
Genre: Biography
Length: 324 pages
Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis

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.

Grace Review

Reviewer warning: If this book is actually true (yes, I have my doubts), and Anonymous is reading this review, I suggest you stop.  What I will say will be not as kind as that from other reviewers.  But to the other readers out there, I will say, as you can see from my rating, that I can still enjoy the author’s work, even if I don’t like the characters within.

I started this book because curiosity got the best of me.
I’ve seen multiple FB threads talking about the book and I just had to know what the big deal was all about.
And you know what they say about curiosity? . . . .

We are told this is a true story, but names and details are changed to protect the identity of Anonymous, who goes by Tori, in this book.  Tori is a romance writer who takes her research beyond what is acceptable to most.  After creating fantasy worlds in her books, she begins, like many, to compare fantasy to reality.  As a romance reader, I’m know how I’ve viewed men has changed and maybe my expectations are higher than before.  But I also am aware that the BBFs created by some authors, are just too perfect and don’t exist.  Hence why they are a fantasy.

When an opportunity to explore fantasy presents itself, Tori takes advantage of it.  From there things progress and Tori begins become addicted to the fantasy, to the point of destruction.  I liked how this book touched on the addiction, as page by page, you see Tori treat Alec like a fix.  One she needs to have at all costs.

I’m going to be honest here.  While this book is very sexy at times, it is not romantic. imo.  In fact, parts made me feel very stabby.  Usually if there is cheating in a book, I want some justification for it.  So to say I disliked this heroine (in this case, the Anonymous author) would be an understatement.  As a reader, I should suspend judgement, but I felt it very hard to do with this story, especially given the non-fiction element.

There is really no justification for Tori’s behavior, other than curiosity got the better of her and as a best selling author, she needed more attention.  She’s the definition of selfish, and through her bad decisions, the addiction took form.  Landon is not the enemy.  There is one harsh part with him that may offend some romance readers.  I’m not sure if it was included to try to get readers on Tori’s side, but for me, I saw it as cruel words in the heat of the moment.

I went into this book desperate to know who Anonymous might be.

I left this book first hoping this story was fiction.  And if that wasn’t the case, hoping I NEVER do find out who Anonymous might be, because I feel like I will no longer be able to separate the writer, from the person.  This book brought those two together for whatever reason.  Given my overall dislike of Anonymous, I’m not sure I would enjoy her books anymore if I knew her true identity.

What did plague me while reading and well after I finished, is why Anonymous would tell her story.  It doesn’t paint her in a good light, so why did she want to expose her mistakes in such an extreme way?  SPOILER WARNING: It’s not like she gives the readers any lessons learned, because she doesn’t really pay for her actions.  There is no real regret and I feel like she would repeat everything if given the chance.  So the only answer I can come up with is that she wants more attention and will take it in any form, good or bad.  Also, I will not call Anonymous brave.  By putting this story out there, she is potentially causing further damage to her family if her identity is revealed.  When will she put them first?!

Ok, I’ve been really hard on Anonymous, so let me step back.  As you can tell from my review, this book will evoke a passionate response from the reader.  EK Blair did a great job of giving Anonymous a voice and at the same time, building a story that is completely addictive.  After finishing, I was all over social media wanting to talk about the book, and I got very little sleep because I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

If I assume the story is true: EK presented the Anonymous under a harsh light.  All of Tori’s flaws are exposed, and I liked that her actions are not sugar coated.  There are also parts that were easy to relate to, being a romance reader and attendee of past book signings.  And at times, I wondered how I would have handled the ultimate fantasy coming to life.

(Side note: I found it very interesting that Tori tried to be the Ana to Alec’s Christian.  Trying to change him.  And I loved how that didn’t play out like you’d expect in a book).

If I assume the story is fiction: EK has blown me a way and I can better appreciate the unique way she marketed and created the storyline.  It sucks you in and is something that has generated discussions throughout the book world.

Overall, it is hard to say if I’d recommend this book.  Based on everything I’ve said in my review, I think it needs to be up to the individual reader as to whether they would enjoy this type of story. Just don’t read before bed, you’ll never get to sleep.

– Grace

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