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Reviewed by Gloria Antypowich for Readers' Favorite
I totally enjoyed this book, reading voraciously, not wanting to put it down and reluctant to find it come to the end. It is a memoir, the diary of Adrienne Allison Jones, a nude dancer in a strip club. It is a glimpse into the world of exotic dancers. While the women work for money, the men are seeking comfort and understanding away from home. It is a glimpse into relationships and marriage, and what people will do to satisfy their needs: money, attention, a sympathetic ear, human companionship, a few moments with someone to cure the loneliness. Adrienne Allison Jones: three aspects of one woman. ADRIENNE is the fierce side of her that has a keen sense of survival instinct and the skill to manage any life situation. She is fearless, courageous, driven and filled with passion and fire. Adrienne is a strong woman, who could rise to the occasion and fight when she needs to. ALLISON represents the inexperienced and innocent side. Allison is the one who has lead her into painful relationships with men, leaving her feeling that she would never find true love. JONES, the athletic, exotic nude dancer in a strip club, finds something that has been missing in her life for a while: POWER, the power to seduce and mesmerize men with her sensual moves, the power to revel her true sexual nature. She is a mufti-talented woman: a housekeeper, a massage therapist, a well-respected Yoga teacher, a Pilates instructor and a pole dancing instructor, marketer of a high end skin care line, the proprietor of her own business as an animal behaviorist and trainer and an author. Her husband, Jim, has a good position at a Hollywood studio. In spite of all their efforts, there never is enough money, and their life is drab and stressed. After 11 years of marriage, she wonders if they will ever experience freedom, fun or passion. They are busy running from one job to the next to stay afloat. She and her husband discuss the idea of her dancing in a strip club to generate the income to help resolve their problems and gain financial freedom. After checking the TILT out, they decide she will dance there. When she starts dancing at the club, she is faced with unimaginable financial freedom; she starts to see her husband (for whom she never seems to bring home enough money) and her marriage in a different light. She is faced with temptation and go to men who want more than she is prepared to give. Where will those relationships go? Will her marriage last?
I am fascinated by human relationships and interactions; that is what prompted me to review this book. The topic was not one that I had experience in. I was not disappointed, and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in a memoir that is not typical. It will surely give you a glimpse of the harsh realities of life in a strip club.