Tuesday, July 5, 2016

BLOG TOUR: Trashy by Penny Lam

Release Date: June 24, 2016

Turning eighteen was supposed to mean escaping the trailer park and the shadow of her mom’s job-- the world’s oldest profession. But then her mother gives Vickie an ultimatum: work on her back or live on the streets. Suddenly, Vickie is out of options.

Beers and babes. The two b’s are all Buck needs to be happy. That is, until he and his roommate save the prettiest little thing in the park, inviting her into their trailer and their beds. Now Buck’s wondering if the two things he needs to be happy are the people he could lose all too easily.

In a park with nosy neighbors and a long memory, Shep can’t outrun his reputation. Bitter and jaded, he relies on Buck’s friendship, hoping soon he'll get the hell out of Dodge. That is, until little Vickie and Buck show him that there’s love in even the trashiest corners of the earth. His reputation, though, threatens to unravel everything. 

Just as they start to build their family, a murder in the park turns everything upside-down. Vickie's troubles, Buck's faith, and Shep's dark past collide -- testing their love and their trio. Can their unconventional relationship help them survive the fallout in a town where unearthed secrets can get you killed?

Warning: This standalone M/F/M novel is the trashy romance you’ve been waiting for.

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~Book Review~
4.25 Stars

Buck Jackson and Gil “Shep” Shepherd have been friends since childhood, both having endured bad parents and been raised by Shep’s grandmother in a trailer park in a lower class mining town.

Vickie Sampson’s mother makes her living on her back in that same trailer park, and she has plans for Vickie to follow in her footsteps. But Vickie’s eighteenth birthday doesn’t go as planned and instead she ends up in the arms of the two men across the way instead of in the clutches of the paying John.

As you can probably guess from the title and the blurb, this one has a big smut factor, a small creepy factor, and “trashy” people and setting. But it’s surprisingly also packed with emotions; a side story and background story of mystery; and plenty of character development, taking the main characters from stereotypical “trailer trash” into three young individuals struggling to live their dreams and embrace their sexuality.
“Just because something ain’t popular doesn’t mean it’s wrong.” –Vickie
Shep and Buck share a close friendship but till Vickie enters the picture neither of them, especially Shep, are ready to explore what might be something more. Roughly a decade younger than them, Vickie’s innocence awakens a love in both of the guys and a desire to have more than their bachelor style, trailer life. She becomes their catalyst to explore new avenues in the bedroom and accept a new version of family.
“He wraps a hand on top of mine. Then he spanks our girl’s ass with my hand, like he’s teaching me a damned golf swing.” –Shep
Getting the 1st person point of view from all three characters really helped take this story from simply an erotic ménage adventure into a story about pushing boundaries, living outside the norms in a place and culture where open-mindedness can be rare, and finding love amidst the daily struggles of life.
“In an old, beat up trailer, in the middle of a small coal mining town in podunk America, we come together and make the skies burn.” –Buck
This is a pretty engaging story, definitely not short on tantalizing and tawdry love scenes solely for the threesome who remain committed to what they have blooming, or even some suspenseful adventure.  It was warming to see how Shep and Buck took care of Vickie and treated her like she was special, though sometimes they were also a little too low class crass with her for my tastes. None the less, it was a refreshing change of pace to read about two working class, rough around the edges (certainly far from saints) heroes in the sea of big city manwhores, cocky stepbrothers, and privileged billionaires and sports stars heroes that are so prevalent in the current romance market. Variety is the spice of life, and this story shows how one size doesn’t fit all in the game of life and love. 


Playlist for “Trashy”
  1. “Let’s Get Drunk & Get it On” Old 97’s
  2. “Two,” Ryan Adams
  3. “Only for You,” Heartless Bastards
  4. “Dustbowl,” Horsefeathers
  5. “Strong Enough to be My Man,” Sheryl Crow
  6. “Head Full of Doubt/ Road Full of Promise” The Avett Brothers
  7. “The Man I’m Supposed to Be,” American Aquarium
  8. “I Want You,” Tom Waits
  9. “Question” Old 97’s
  10. “If Only,” The Lightning Seeds


Penny Lam was raised in North Carolina but never mastered the accent. She's decisive about food and wine and indecisive about what kinds of books to write. She like rough-around-the-edges heroes and plots that push boundaries.
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