#MBreview “I, Porn Star” by Zara Cox

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Synopsis:

My name is Quinn Blackwood:

By day, I’m a billionaire CEO. Rich. Entitled.By night, I’m the exclusive porn star only known as Q.Why? Because I love women. If I believed in an almighty being, I’d thank him for creating them. They’re by far his most perfect creation… especially when I’m fucking one of them.

Oh, did I mention I’m an asshole? Fuck yeah. According to my shrink, I’m one twisted motherfucker. And that’s just the way I like it. Until she walks into my life…

My name is Elyse Gilbert, nicknamed ‘Lucky’ because according to my dad, I’m the unluckiest person alive, and I’ll die the same way I came into the world: naked, screaming, and dirt poor.

Yeah, my life is a twisted, seething mess. But that life changed the day I met HIM.He made me forget the cameras.He made me forget I was doing this for the money.He made me forget my shame.He made me forget everything. I was consumed by him. Only him.

But now my past has caught up with me.

My musings…

After processing the book, I changed my rating to 4 stars for the title, lack development of exposition, and some issues during the initial sex scene, but I loved Quinn and Elly and the overall plot so much that I want to rate it 5 stars. To compromise, I am going to give it 4.5 stars.

The 4 star review:

The title alone and cover drew me to the book; however, the title is misleading because, while Quinn/Q participates in pornesque behavior, he only does it for an ulterior motive. Q’s motivation for making and publishing porn to an elite group of men who bid on it justifies his actions and is the impetus for meeting Elly/Lucky. After his end goal is met, he ends the movies, so the title, although relevant to events in the book, scan be misleading if the reader is selecting the book on its title alone.

The exposition of the story is mainly told in memories and flashbacks. While enough information is given to understand character motivation, to sympathize with Quinn and Elly, and to understand the plot development, I would have liked to know more. This development of exposition is the foundation for who these people are and why they behaving in certain ways, which is particularly important for Quinn’s character. The lack of background didn’t detract from the story, but more illustration would have helped with the complex character development.

The last part that I had concerns with is a few details in the initial sex scene. There is mention of her being tight with one finger, and, while this can be true, Elly/Lucky was forced to have many sexual partners so the likelihood of her being tight with one finger is slim. I also thought the description of his d*ck was too exaggerated. Romance novels always have heroes with large packages, but this description was extreme. Once again, with Elly/Lucky’s background, this doesn’t make sense. I personally didn’t feel that these comments were necessary and they detracted from the scene for me.

5 star review:

Wow, just wow! I loved this story and these characters. All of the concerns listed above didn’t take away from my overall love of the book. It is is dark, gritty, and hot. It shows how even truly damaged people can find redemption and heal when they find love.

Quinn is one of the most complex characters I have encountered. He is emotionally disconnected from world, derives little enjoyment from life, and has many peculiarities. All of these oddities add to the mysterious nature of Q. Quinn is a more fragile version of the character that has been broken by the people meant to protect him. He feeds off of vengeance and struggles when it is challenged by his mounting attraction and emotions for Elly. Without revealing too much, the change in his character as he interacts more with Elly was enthralling.

Elly is on the run from the beginning. We know that she has been forced to flee and is running for her life. She ends up in the hands of Q and has no choice but to involve herself in his schemes in order to save herself and someone she loves dearly. Although, her past is filled with sexual exploitation, she awakens sexually with Q and struggles to keep her emotions for Q and Quinn separate. In the end Elly is honorable character that finally gets the HEA she deserves.

Ultimately, these two characters change each other. They heal together and find a way to overcome the horrible atrocities committed against them by people who were meant to take care of them.

The suspense in this book was fantastic. The climax of the story with Elly’s realization of Quinn and Q makes the reader sit in the edge of his or her seat. The resolution, although quick, wrapped up the story. I would have liked an epilogue, but I saw on the author’s website that the author is writing a novella. My hope is that this is another story of Quinn and Elly. I am desperate to see how they progress in the future.

With “I, Porn Star,” Zara Cox has established herself for me as a new favorite author for gritty romance, and I cannot wait to dive into I, Black Sheep!

Amazon: I, Porn Star

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