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Thursday, April 7, 2022

Review: Secret Life of a Hollywood Sex & Love Addict by Brianne Davis

Secret Life of a Hollywood Sex & Love Addict
by Brianne Davis

Thanks to the author for this gifted audiobook.

Publisher: Just B Productions
Publish Date: April 21, 2021 (first published Feb 2021)
Genre: Contemporary

Imagine if Sex and the City's Samantha discovered she was an addict and her drug of choice was MEN. Go on a hilarious, inspiring, and at times, shocking journey as Roxanne conquers her fears, changes her ways, gets closer to healthy relationships and begins loving herself a little more each day. 

After years of working as an image-obsessed actress in Hollywood, Roxanne finds herself at rock bottom from a disease that is anything but glamorous.

In her first year of recovery, Roxanne has to take accountability for her past. From tales of being mistaken for a prostitute at the Hotel Bel-Air to botching a threesome attempt with an A-list celebrity, she must face the truth about herself and stop playing the victim.

Roxanne's odyssey of using sex and love—as destructive and beguiling as an alcoholic reaching for a bottle—is a veritable rollercoaster of ups and downs, laughter and tears, and a true testament to facing your absolute truth and conquering your fears. 

Secret Life of a Hollywood Sex & Love Addict has the vibrant, relatable vibe of chick lit, the soul-baring honesty of a memoir and the wisdom of a self-help book.

So take a front-row seat into this complex world and the 10 RULES Roxanne learns along the way.

My Review:

OoooOOoooooOo, this was so much fun to listen to.  It was like I was sitting across from Brianne with a glass of whiskey, listening to her regale stories of her (i.e. Roxane's) journey from addiction to sobriety.  And done in a fun way so as not to feel like a textbook on the rules to follow.  From hilarious quips and situations to the cringe worthy.  I mean, who doesn't love that butterfly in the stomach feeling that we get at the beginning of any relationship?  Who doesn't get complacent and take people for granted sometimes?  But how much do you rely on this feeling to satiate what you think you need to feel good about yourself?  If you're not looking to yourself to make you happy, then maybe you're doing it wrong.

This roman à clef novel showcases Davis's own intimate experiences through our main character, Roxanne, in her road to finding self love and ditching her destructive patterns.  While we may not have this same type of addiction, I'm sure we can all relate in one way or another - I know I certainly can.  There's certainly advice to be heeded that would benefit us all.  Whether it's staying away from social media to avoid the "compare and despair" spiral (been there) to cutting people out of your life that can trigger you to act in a way you'll feel worse for the wear for later on (done that).  Everything is easier said than done - but that does not mean it can't be done! 

Thank you, Brianne, for being such an inspiration and providing me with this gifted audiobook.


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