Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
Series: 44 Chapters #1
Published by Art by Easton on November 17, 2016
Genres: Adult, Memoir
School psychologists aren’t supposed to write books about sex. Doing so would be considered “unethical” and “a fireable offense.” Lucky for you, ethics was never my strong suit.
After spending years trying to spice up my sex life, I gave up and took to my journal. Perhaps my gorgeous, cold, number crunching husband simply wasn’t capable of the kind of passion I’d come to expect. After all, my ex-boyfriends—a skinhead turned US Marine turned motorcycle club outlaw, a baby-faced punk rocker out on parole, and a heavy-metal bass player—were every bit as tattooed and testosterone-fueled as the leading men in my favorite romance novels. If I couldn’t have that kind of passion again in real life, I could at least write about it. Right? Nobody had to know. It would be my little secret.
Well, guess what? My husband read that shit.
And guess what else? He upped his fucking game.
Drunk with power and under the dubious advisement of my best friend and colleague, I began testing the limits—crafting journal entries specifically designed to manipulate Ken’s behavior. For the most part, he responded beautifully…except when he didn’t.
Can I read a series in a month? Well, the answer is “No”. In my defense, May has been one heckuva crazy month for me. I did manage to read 1.5 books in BB Easton’s 44 Chapters series but I only completed the first one. Sigh. Hopefully I’ll do better next time! 😉
44 Chapters About 4 Men was a wonderful introduction to the style and humor of Easton. Seriously, she says this is a memoir and yet it feels like fiction. But as the saying goes, “truth is stranger than fiction” and in this case, that saying applies.
The book details the four “loves” of Easton’s life and how she uses the first 3 in an attempt to get her husband (#4) to give her what she “what she needs.” She shares stories of her teen years and her many exploits. She does this with amazing candor and humor. She pokes fun at her boyfriends, her parents, and herself. But despite the humor and repeated assurances that she had self-confidence to spare thanks to being an only child, she deftly conveyed her vulnerabilities.
Easton’s choices in love stemmed directly from wanting her emotional needs met. And the real takeaway from the book, for me, was seeing her realize that she did in fact have all she needed within herself and from her husband.
I found it telling that her chosen profession was as a school psychologist. It explained even more about her as a person as well as her choices in her love life. I’m thrilled to have “met” Easton through her writing and I’m eager to meet her at Book Bonanza in August!
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