Friday, December 27, 2013

Review + Giveaway ~ Personal Experiences (Personal #1) by Tracy Lee

Elleny Barker and Trevor McHale have loved each other since the second grade. Growing up in a small Georgia town, they had the same group of friends and they all had dreams of leaving Richland. Elle’s life was perfect; going to the perfect college, had the perfect life plan of becoming a doctor and had the perfect boyfriend going to college on a full ride football scholarship. Until the day Elle’s life was turned upside down; making a decision that she thought would be the best for both her and Trevor, she turned to the one man she thought would be willing to help her, Trevor’s best friend, Willie “Bear” Jackson. Seventeen years later; Elleny, brought on by violent abuse and still feeling the sting of losing the only man she’s ever loved; is a changed woman, for the worse. She has locked her heart away and refuses to give it to anyone. Then it happened, a millionaire, whose company just bought out the local plant where Elle’s husband is a foreman moves into town; or should I say BACK into town; turns out that it’s Trevor McHale. Secrets have kept them apart for seventeen years; will they end up keeping them apart for the rest of their lives? Life teaches us harsh lessons; Personal Experiences teach us life’s true meaning.
WARNING: contains some graphic, dark scenes that are not for the light-hearted including torture. BUT DOES CONTAIN A HAPPILY EVER AFTER! Discretion is advised!!!

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Personal Experiences by Tracy Lee is a story that pulls you in.  The author clearly knows how to write to pull the reader into her world, get to know her characters, even care about what happens to them.  It is definitely worth reading.  My qualification, however, is that I would not by any stretch call it a romance, or erotica.

The story does include sex, even between two characters who love each other.  It has the boy meets girl, boy falls for girl, girl gets pregnant, girl decides to protect boy from life (pregnancy) and hides her pregnancy, years later boy comes back and rescues girl.  This is a story that could be fleshed out to be something akin to Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks. 

That being said, I like many of Nicholas Sparks novels, this is a good short story.  I would just re-categorize it to sexual drama, not romantic erotica.  This has too many triggers for me to be willing to put that label on it.  Even in its “romance” sex scenes the heroine, Elleny, said no multiple times – which takes even the sex positive scenes to the verge of rape.

This story delves into the life of an abused wife.  Her fear for her family, fear for her life and for those around her is something many abused women deal with. I prefer more consent in my romances.  I would give this book a 4 star rating… but I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who triggers on rape or abuse.  That is a very real subject and a very real trigger. Before I could recommend this to anyone I would have to know they don’t trigger on those, and though it is labeled erotica and does have explicit scenes that I would call it a sexually explicit drama not romantic fiction.
Disclosure: This ebook was provided to BBMoreB free of charge by Ellora's Cave for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.

About Tracy Lee:

“I am a lover of chocolate, an outspoken dreamer who cannot survive without chaos! Those who truly know me can attest that I am obsessed with chocolate peanut butter anything. I write about hot, alpha men and the women who love them and the only way that I can get anything accomplished is in a crisis.
I am no good in math; as a matter of fact, I suck in math. My true love is the English language. My children are my world that not even a hot man could come between. I am originally from outside Tampa, Florida but currently reside outside Tulsa, Oklahoma. I am digging the farm animals that live behind my house.”

Tracy lives with her husband and 4 children in a small town just outside Tulsa, Ok. Originally from Brandon, Florida she was a city girl at heart. Growing tired of living in the concrete jungle she wanted a change of scenery and pace; she packed her kids up and moved to Oklahoma where she met her husband.  Now she’s seen snow, touched pigs and has cows and chickens in her back yard.

Being a stay at home mom she became an avid reader and part-time blogger; she decided to put the three of them together and try her hand at writing and fell in love. In between running kids from band practice to PTO meetings, she enjoys her “me time” working on her next book.  She thoroughly enjoys head-banging heavy metal and a kickass game of Black Ops and will be your slave if you offer her chocolate.

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Tracy’s official website page

“The Personal Series”
Personal Experiences Book #1 Elleny’s story
Personal Possession Book #2 Trevor’s story
“Untitled” Book #3 JoJo’s story
“Untitled” Book #4 Luc’s story

GRAND PRIZE:  $20.00 Amazon gift card and an autographed copy of PERSONAL EXPERIENCES
RUNNER-UP:  an autographed copy of PERSONAL EXPERIENCES


  1. Love the sound of the book, can't wait to add it to my TBR.

  2. This is going to be an awesome series. I have added all the books to my wish list. Thanks for the chance to enter this giveaway.