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 – Abbie’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?
Rating: 3.5 /5 stars
Publication Date: 24th May 2019
Page Count: 259 pages
Throughout November, I shall be reviewing several books as part of Damp Pebbles Book Tours! Today, I am looking at A Proclivity To Prurience by Cheryl Butler. As usual, in exchange for an unbiased and honest opinion, I was given a free e-copy of Butler’s book.
[Explicit – strictly 18+ content]
[Note: Although an avid reader, I very rarely step out of my comfort zone when reviewing books. In fact, A Proclivity To Prurience may be the first erotic novel I have ever completed. That being said, I hope readers of this review can take it with a pinch of salt for its lack of contemporary erotica knowledge and, perhaps, “prudish” remarks.]
A Proclivity To Prurience
‘Obsession comes with a price…’
Re-published in May 2019 by Little Bee Publishing, A Proclivity To Prurience is a dark and, potentially, uncomfortable read for first-time erotic readers like myself. However, with explicit lust and well-written characters, I can imagine it to be quite the hit for those in love with the genre.
Being the first of three in the Obsession Trilogy, Butler shows that all actions have consequences, whether done purposefully or not. She delves far beyond Joe’s obsession with Abbie (and vice versa), also looking into bereavement, age disparities, and the chaos that ensues when rejection occurs.
Some scenes (to me anyway) felt a little controversial. Yet, I’m sure this leaves many anticipating what will occur next; I, too, am curious.
Noted by another reviewer, this novel does not feel what I’d deem wholly erotic (though my knowledge of the genre is quite limited). It feels more so like an exploration of abusive parental relationships and their impact on all other aspects of social behaviours. Whether this was intentional or not, it made characters, such as Joe, slightly more likeable overall.
For those who enjoy very explicit, passionate sex scenes, and a relationship that just doesn’t feel quite right, this one is for you.
Thank you to Emma Welton of Damp Pebbles Book Tours and Cheryl Butler for this opportunity.
About the author
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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