Saturday 6 May 2017

Book Review - Exposure by Ava Marsh - Back Catalogue Books

Back Catalogue Books is my new regular Saturday feature, focusing on books that are not the latest releases. There is going to be a mix of Q&As and also reviews, depending on what I have the space for. 

If you are an author wanting to take part in Back Catalogue Books then please do email on gilbster at gmail dot com and I'll whizz the questions over to you. 

I hope everyone enjoys this weekly look back at some of the slightly older books that are about but still great, going to aim to read books that have been out for at least 6 months, and that I eventually make a dent in my TBRs as a result of it! 

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Title:  Exposure
Author: Ava Marsh
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Transworld Digital 
Publication Date: 16th June 2016
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Kitty Sweet isn’t like anyone you’ve ever met before.

She’s an infamous porn star, imprisoned for double murder. As damaged as she is charismatic, as dangerous as she is charming. 

But once no different from you or I.

Kitty’s past is full of heartbreak and desperation, of adulation and glamour. Of ruin. She’s descended to an underworld most people can only imagine, and lived to tell the tale . . . 

This is her story.

'Not for the faint-hearted, Exposure is a riveting page-turner with a moral core that elevates it above most thrillers. I couldn’t put it down.' Mark Edwards, author of The Magpies

Enthralling story taking in the highs and lows of the adult film industry, and what its like to be a porn star. It has captured my imagination and any time I wasn't reading, I was thinking about Kitty Sweet and just what her life was like. 

For Kitty Sweet is telling us her story from the "comfort" of prison, as she was found guilty of murdering two people. She has been in for years at the point we meet her, and she is encouraged to talk to a psychiatrist, and to tell her side of the story. 

It follows that we see the way Kitty fell into the career she chose, the motivations behind it leading up to why she is in prison. Despite knowing the outcome as such, I found the story captivating and I really enjoyed reading it. 

There is a fair amount of sex, or sexual acts in the story, but its not gratuitous, more matter of fact, to highlight the glamour modelling and porn industries. There are some scenes that could be considered uncomfortable but a lot depends on your own sexual desires and openness, so really is subjective to each reader as to where their comfort line may lie. 

Exposure has been described by some as a thriller but I'm not convinced. It was gripping, unputdownable in places, but didn't feel particularly thrilling. It was interesting and I'm not really sure what genre I would call this but its not a non stop action packed thriller, but  more a story for friendship and just what lengths you will go to for love. 

I thoroughly enjoyed getting into Kitty's mind, and absolutely love both of the books that Ava Marsh has now written. I just hope we will see more from her as the seedy sexual underworld is great subject matter for these sorts of books. The writing entranced me and had me hooked and overall I just really enjoyed Exposure. 

Thank you so much to Netgalley and Transworld for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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