Debut Novel I Am ShelbyJames
(Beauty in the Darkness)
from Author Brooke Lee
Title: I Am ShelbyJames
(Beauty in the Darkness)
Author: Brooke Lee
Genre: Erotica – LGBT – F/F – M/F – Poetry
Release: April 1, 2016
I am Shelby James – self-loathing poet and artist, daughter, sister, best friend, and bisexual commitment-phobe. My life has been a lackluster existence. The only constant bright spot in my life is my best friend, my soul-mate, Veronica “Roni” Monroe.
For years, I have given into my lust for both men and women, but now, at the age of thirty-two, I realize I need more than a just good booty call.
I need more.
While on my search for “more”, I find much more than I bargained for. This time, giving into my urges may destroy everything good in my life.
Follow me on my journey to find my happiness. To find the real me. To find the beauty in the darkness.
5 Star Review from Tanya…
I Am ShelbyJames by Brooke Lee is this authors debut Novel and it is hard to believe that this is her first book. I think she did a wonderful job in developing her characters. Shelby James is trying to find herself and trying to find her own happiness. Brooke Lee took us on Shelby’s journey to find happiness, love and satisfaction with her life.Brooke requested me to listen to her book. Which I do on my Fire Kindle she wanted to know if there were any errors to be caught by listening. And, I didn’t hear anything that sounded out of the ordinary. But, what I did hear was how HOT this book is. I had to fan myself with my Kindle Fire a few times because I thought that both the Kindle and I were on Fire. Just kidding about everything being on fire. But, I Am ShelbyJames is spicy HOT so get ready!Now this book probably isn’t for everyone there are quite a few sexual encounters in this book as well as some F/F scenes and a ménage a trois daydream that was smoking HOT!Brooke Lee incorporates her own poetry throughout this book and I have every one of her poems highlighted because they are so beautiful.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading I Am ShelbyJames and I look forward to reading more from Brooke Lee. I think she proved to herself that she can write a book.I received a complimentary copy of I Am ShelbyJames for an honest review and I give this smoking HOT book 5 stars. I will be buying this book for my collection as soon as it is released because I do believe she deserves a verified purchase stamped by Amazon on this review.
4 Star Review from Lisa…
I am ShelbyJames is the debut novel for a new author, Brooke Lee. If you are looking for Erotica – this is the book for you!! Talk about intense sexual scenes, you get some girl on girl action, a ménage a trios and some “regular” sex scenes – however calling them regular doesn’t justify the hotness.
The poetry in this book makes you feel, seriously makes you feel! I am not one who loves to read poetry but many that were written in this book had my attention. Brooke Lee isn’t just an author, she is also a poet!
ShelbyJames is broken “ The real, broken, and insecure, tortured soul underneath the makeup, hair spray and tight jeans.” Shelby can play the part of feeling confident while she is working on putting herself back together and also doing what she loves and that’s writing poetry and attempting to get her work seen in art galleries.
Roni is Shelby’s BFF – they’ve been this way for decades – it’s the two of them against the world. What happens when feelings get stronger, sexual and all consuming? Do they take their friendship to the next level and become lovers? This is a beautiful friendship between two women, no – that’s not a good description, it’s a beautiful sensual friendship between two women! Whether or not they take this friendship to the next level – these two will always be friends, sisters, and soul mates of the heart!
Enter Riley – he is an artist also. Shelby meets Riley while shopping and the sparks begin to fly. Riley has a wonderful soul, there were times when I was reading I was wondering if he was a girl in his past life. He is so understanding, patient, loving and swoon worthy. As Shelby starts learning more about herself and the woman she can/wants (to) be – her relationship with Riley blossoms.
Who will she choose? Her beautiful best friend Roni or the swoon worthy Riley? “Accept the love being offered to you, you are worth it”. Whomever she chooses she knows she is WORTHY of love! That’s a strong quote – it will be embedded in my brain for quite some time.
Good job, Ms. Lee – 4 stars for me!
I received a complimentary copy of I am ShelbyJames in exchange for an honest review.
4 Star Review from Theresa…
Shelby is an aspiring artist. She writes poetry, but until that becomes her paid profession, she works in an office. Her best friend Roni has seen Shelby both at her best and worst. They are each other’s rock, partner in crime, and protector. When a series of events threaten to change Shelby and Roni’s friendship, they have to see if those events will cause them to lose their best friend.
On a shopping trip, Shelby meets Riley, an established artist, and sparks fly immediately. As they spend time with one another, feelings are quickly growing into something more, and Shelby has to decide what—and who she wants.
There is so much more I want to write, but in order to prevent spoilers, I’ll just say that I really, really enjoyed this book. The characters have depth, and you really get invested in them almost from the start. The poetry is as much a part of the story as Shelby and Roni, and it gives you a powerful element in the telling of this story.
Brooke isn’t afraid of a turning up the heat in the bedroom—or wherever the mood strikes these beautifully flawed characters. There were a few scenes where I read this book one-handed…wink!
The poetry throughout the book was amazing. You can tell this is where her passion lies, and I love how she created a story around such stirring prose. You definitely get more concentrated showing of her gift. I wouldn’t mind seeing a collection of her poetry separate from this book.
This is Brooke Lee’s debut novel, and I hope to see more from her soon.
I received this ARC for an honest review, and I give it 4 stars.
4 Star Review from Lita…
I Am Shelby James (Beauty in the Darkness) by Brooke Lee. A well written story by first time author. I was pleasantly surprised at the depth of the story by the author. This was a story about a young lady who is struggling to find the person she wants to be. Shelby is a young lady who is a bisexual poet who works at a specialty automotive parts place. Her best friend has been by her side for as long as she can remember and is not only her biggest cheerleader but her soulmate. After a sexual escapade between the two Shelby is now at the crossroads in her life. The darkness is back and she has to make hard choices in order to become the person she wants to be. The author has taken the reader on a journey of self-doubt and self- discovery. Shelby’s journey is one many people have taken and the story was very personal and that was what made this story so exciting. I also have to say that the sex whether Shelby was with a woman or a man was some of the most sensual I have read in quite some time. I look forward to the next book from this author. If this is her first outing I can only imagine where she goes from here. Definitely not a fluff story but one of substance. Kudos to the author. I was given an ARC of the book for an honest review. I give this story 4 stars.
4 Star Review from Shannon …
Shelby James is on a journey of discovery…discovery of love, happiness, and most importantly herself. She tries to come off as a confident woman, but she doesn’t give herself enough credit. She is insecure of not only her talent, but herself as well which puts her in a dark place at times. What she doesn’t realize is that a certain darkness is needed to see the stars. Shelby has always had her best friend, Veronica “Roni” as one of her biggest fans, but there has also been an undercurrent of sexual tension between them for quite some time. Can their friendship survive if they cross the line with each other? What happens when Shelby meets Riley, the sexy art sculptor? Shelby has to learn the same thing we all do in order to continue on her journey, “Accept the love being offered you. You are worthy of it.”
This book was a little different for me than other books I’ve read, and probably not for the reason you might think. This was the first one I’ve read that involved two women exploring the sexual boundaries of their friendship. However, what made this book different and what I really enjoyed was the use of poetry throughout the storyline. I found myself wanting to actually see these pieces created by Shelby James.
I am ShelbyJames is the debut novel for author, Brooke Lee and I look forward to reading more of her work, especially her poetry. I give it 4 stars.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
4 Star Review from Bettina…
I will admit that I am not a big fan of FF books, BUT this book kept my attention. There was just the right amount of details to keep me engaged and not put me off. Shelby James is an artist in her thirties that has insecurities about herself and her art work. She also has a best friend, Roni, whom she is in love with but is afraid to lost her friendship if anything was to happen between them. One drunken night lines were crossed between best friends and things got blurry between them. In walks the most gorgeous man, Riley, and Shelby is instantly drawn to him. Making her feel things she hasn’t felt in a long time Shelby does not want to rush things with him. Roni asks Shelby to join her on a trip to Chicago where more lines were crossed and their friendship was put to the test. Coming home to Riley intermingled, will she confess what happened or will it be, “what happens in Chicago stays in Chicago?”
I am glad to have had this opportunity to read this book. I would recommend this book to others to read!
***Warning: This excerpt contains graphic language and scenes of a highly sexual nature.
Roni just smiles and nods. I think I have satisfied her quizzical nature, so now on to spicier topics — her night with Kyle, first and foremost.
I query, “You look like you are about to burst at the seams. Are you going to share your details? Inquiring minds want to know.”
She’s as excited as a schoolgirl talking about her first date and it’s kind of cute, but extremely annoying at the same time.
“You saw us at the beach! He was sooo good, Shel. I mean, he really knows how to work his tool and apparently my body.” She takes another bite of her prosciutto and mozzarella, before taking a sip of wine.
I can feel the smirk form on my lips,
“Fuck, I knew you were working it for our benefit. You are such a fucking tease.” I laugh and take a sip of my wine before commenting, “You two were killing me. Riley got so hard and hot that he stripped and took a dip in the water while I sat there watching him and listening to you get fucked. I couldn’t take it. I had to, um, never mind.”
“Don’t never mind me. You what?” Roni asks as she swats at my arms in a fit of irritation.
With a bit of embarrassment, I admit, “You guys fucking worked me into a frenzy. And I uh, yeah, I played with myself as I watched and listened. It was hot as shit. Then Riley came out of the water, stood watching me and never touched me. Well, he did kiss me, as my fingers were buried deep in my pussy. It. Was. Fucking hot!”
Roni is looking at me with what almost looks like lust in her eyes and says, “Shit, Shelby. That is sexy as hell. Damn, I wish I’d seen that.”
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