Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Lust for Life by Seanpaul Thomas ~Review

Title: Lust for Life
Author: Seanpaul Thomas
Series: Stand Alone
Genre: Contemporary/Dark/Adult Fiction/British Men's Adventure
Publisher: Paul Thomas Publishing
Release Date: Aug 2014

If you knew you only had a short time left to live on this planet, really live. What would you do with that precious time? 
A dark, sexy, black humorous tale of sex, violence, the male psyche, and an unstoppable whirlwind adventure of finding love in the least likely location. 

Set in modern day Edinburgh, an average everyday working man in his mid-thirties is given the devastating news that he has terminal Brain Cancer. Refusing any kind of help or Chemo, he struggles with overbearing thoughts on becoming a better person and giving into his natural urges, social fears and sexual desires to do and act however the hell he pleases. No longer wishing to obey the rules and regulations of monotonous everyday life. Now our hero yearns to know what it's like to live a life without regret and consequences while his mind is still a healthy functioning one.  The story unfolds with a slow burning tension as our hero eventually turns his back on modern day society and begins using his terminal illness as a license to act out his biggest dreams and fantasies. Good and bad. While also squaring up to a couple of long time buried, but not forgotten, demons from his past. But when he finds love along the way even that comes with a heavy price.
Scottish dialect/slang, Strong Violence and Language in parts and a couple of Graphic Sex Scenes.

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Author Information

Born in London to Scottish and Irish parents, Sean spent most of his childhood and teenage years growing up on the move in the likes of Cyprus, Germany, Wales and England as an army brat. With a keen interest in both reading and writing he was diagnosed with the travel and writing bugs very early on in life.  Now, writing, reading and traveling are his main passions in life, but he also loves outdoor sports too from Rugby and Hiking to Tennis and Boxing. His main inspiration for writing today comes from living in such a beautiful, Gothic and hauntingly, awe inspiring city such as Edinburgh. This charming wee city has given Sean so much amazing inspiration to write the more time he spends there.
At this moment Sean is writing another two books, one is a sequel to his science fiction novel Alone. The other is about an alcoholic man down on his luck and still dwelling over past tragedies. Who, after a failed suicide attempt, falls for a single mother with an even darker and secretive tragic past than his own.

So far he has two published work of fiction

And four self-published novels.

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My Review
*I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review

Bold or stupid, it doesn't really matter.
Liam's life has been lackluster, but knowing it's coming to an end he decides to do things his way, and that means that he does all of the things we imagine every day, but never have the guts to do.
I really enjoyed Lust for Life.  I found myself cheering for Liam even though he is the kind of person that can make you cringe.  He is self centered, tends to blame others for his position, or lack there of, and thinks of women more as objects than humans.  Everything changes when Liam meets Celine and the whirlwind that is the end of his life turns into all full blown hurricane.
This book has a little of everything, but I will warn you that in the end it becomes rather violent.  If you are the kind of person who gets a little queasy from blood and gore than this book is not for you.  If you are the kind of person who likes a good story about an average guy fulfilling all of those little dark fantasies that run through every one's head when someone takes your parking spot, cuts you off on the interstate, or generally gets on your last nerve than you will be very satisfied with "Lust for Life".
Another word of caution; while the ending is good it is not your traditional happy ever after.  I kept thinking that I knew what was going to happen, but I was shocked by the outcome.  So many books twist and turn to give the "happy ending" that has become so common but after I finished the last page I was thankful that the author stayed true to the tone and characters.  While I was surprised, I was not disappointed!

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