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3.95  ·  Rating details ·  156 ratings  ·  58 reviews
Librarian's note: This is an alternate edition for ASIN: B00CRMRSL8.

“We are all pawns in some one else’s game.”

No one knows this better than Violet Phillips. When her beloved mentor goes missing, she suspects murder, which sends her spiraling out of control and away from the stable life she has built for herself. Soon, her past will begin seeping out with a vengeance.

“I wi
Kindle Edition, Second Edition, 345 pages
Published January 14th 2014 by JL Brooks (first published May 12th 2013)
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Maggie Wantstoplay
May 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If i could write as eloquently as JL Brooks, this review might convey more of the beauty that is Distractions.
Violet Phillips is a woman like so many of us - steel poured over porcelain, her outer self belying the gossamer-thin ceramic shell around her heart, pocked and veined with crackled fissures. In truth, some were caused by demons of her own creation; her mistakes, the pains she caused and wounds she inflicted whether intentional or not.
As for the other chips, some were the result of the u
Nacole Stayton
Jan 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Distractions…where to start? I was honored to have the opportunity to have beta read for this amazing author. There are books that are good and then there are books that are great. Ladies and gentlemen, this book is one of the great ones.

I was captivated from the beginning, and the authors unbelievable way of connecting you to the story through her literacy, keeps you intrigued until the very end.

Distractions, is a story of, well to be honest Distractions. Namely in the form of a sexy, intelle
Jen O'grady
Jun 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
What a roller coaster read, before I write a review I often read other people's to see what they thought, and all of them hit the nail on the head. I do admit at times I got a little confused and even now I've finished it the plan that everyone was in on the demise of Violet still has me a little confused, but overall this is a fabulous story with lots of angst, first you hate Conner then you love Conner then you hate him again!! And the writing of Violets emotions was outstanding thank goodness ...more
May 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Stay alert, Violet. Distractions will be your undoing.

Distractions was not what I expected. It was so much more, far exceeding my expectations to the point that I have found myself mulling over parts of the book, re-reading chapters as I write this review and thinking about the characters and events since fi
Elizabeth (Liz)
There is no doubting the beauty and sheer natural ability of J.L. Brooks' writing. DISTRACTIONS has a sophistication and flow to the prose which leave me absolutely stunned over this debut author!

The author takes us through various periods of Violet Phillips' life, and when we first meet her, a good friend and teacher has gone missing. This event leads to the beginning of a downfall for Violet. However, her young, handsome neighbor, Shepard Leone, comes to her more ways than one. Whe
May 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
“If someone has the ability to make you glow in the darkness, they must be remarkable. That does not mean there is something wrong with you. It means there is something right.”

I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book and I absolutely could not wait to read it after talking with J.L. Brooks. I also cannot believe this is her first book, AMAZING!! She is beyond talented and I am so glad she is sharing her gift with the reading world.

“Everyone who enters your life is there for one of two
Megan Hoelscher
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Oh how do I start to review this amazing book? I had the honor to beta read this book by the lovely JL Brooks and it was an absolute emotional rollercoaster from the get go.

She pulls you in from the get go and her writing style is superb. She has such a way of writing this story that will keep you guessing until the very end. Some of the supsense books I have read before you can pretty much guess "who done it" but not with this one, I was completely blown away at the end of the book.

She writes
Feb 12, 2014 marked it as to-read
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Liezel Felix
Ms Brooks seriously set the bar high for debut authors out there. Someone asked recently what was the latest book that made you stay up all night? This was it for me. As soon as I started the story it just grabbed me and I couldn’t let go until I was done.

While some may say that there was had way too much narration, I thought it was just right. At first I thought I would be bored with the scientific parts but the information given wasn’t too detailed – it was just enough to get by . The other pa
Feb 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Going into Distractions I was expecting your usual romance...but I was WRONG!!! Yes, there was romance but there was also a TON of suspense & mystery! The story starts with a brief glimpse of Violet at 14 and her life and we quickly fast forward to her in her 20's. She's a research assistant to the prominent genetics professor Dr. David Robertson. The story takes off from the beginning, there's a situation between the good Dr and Violet that leaves her feeling

I couldn't stop reading afte
Jennifer Besterman
I had the opportunity for beta reading from the lovely JL Brooks & was honored to enjoy her first piece of work.

While reading Distractions, I experienced a plethora of feelings, and I know other readers will too.

Ever have a dream and aren't quite sure if it was real or imagined? Well, that's the roller coaster of a ride Violet is going to experience. There are two men who've had her heart completely, Connor and Shepard. While she still has emotional scarring from Connor, Violet has learned t
May 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
JL Brooks has set her standards high with this book!! I can not believe that this is her debut novel!!! Her writing is impeccable!!

"Stay alert, Violet. Distractions will be your undoing." - Love this quote!!

I was at the edge of my seat reading this the whole time. The entire story was written so well and JL did a superb job of weaving all the pieces together! All the situations that Violet had to go through will leave you breathless and shocked. Speaking of breathless - Shepard. WOW! His undying
May 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Where to begin…Let’s start with the main character Violet Philips, her teenage years where turbulent and unforgiving causing her to flee her hometown in Colorado to further her education. She becomes a research assistant for a Dr. David Robertson at University until bazaar circumstances dictate the confusing and mysterious life that awaits her.
Shepard Leone her neighbor’s son will become an intricate part of Violet’s life and her young lover.
Connor Lewis, the ex who broke Violet’s heart, she sh
May 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Enjoyable yet mindf**kable. This book was a wicked awesome game of twister. During the first part of the book I must admit to a few pages of re-reading here and there. The time periods skip a bit and I had trouble orienting myself.
I found the characters likable or hate able ( but in a good way). It was easy for me to attach to Violet yet there were times i felt she became gullible. A few times her predictability was to continue the storyline but it was minor enough not to effect the enjoyment o
Genney Blass
May 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
4 stars. This book had me on a rollercoaster from the moment I started Chapter 1; I was so into this story that I didn't get a chance to sleep all until the morning. Wow, I have to admit, I thought that Violet was going back to that Dickwad of her Ex-Fiance. But how the fact of what the hell she was involve to, was remarkable. One time I really thought she was a goner when Shepard's dad started to go crazy on her. But what I was more upset, how can she apologize to Shepard because she didn't do ...more
Mar 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
I had the honor of reading JL's book before being released in exchange for an honest review. Words can't express how wonderful this book is. I am so surprised that it is her debut novel. It is written very well and the story took me on a flippin' roller coaster. I loved it! Can't wait to read more for JL!
Carrie Hassanzai
Oct 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars! Great story and well written. I instantly connected with the characters and enjoyed the twists and turns.
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely amazing. Love.
May 09, 2013 rated it really liked it




<“We are all pawns in some one else’s game.”

No one knows this better than Violet Phillips. When her beloved mentor goes missing, she suspects murder, which sends her spiraling out of control and away from the stable life she has built for herself. Soon, her past will begin seeping out with a vengeance.

“I will teach you how this game is played.”

Self-destruction threatens to consume Violet when a handsome neighbor that has been watching her from afar interven
May 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
“Everyone who enters your life is there for one of two reasons. To bring you closer to the person you can be, or distract you from fulfilling that potential.”

This is one of those reviews where I do not want to give away too much since part of the fun of this book is figuring it all out. This book is not your typical love story...although there are actually two love stories in it. But it has aspects of a suspenseful psychological thriller as well. I have to admit that at times I felt a little los
Bookhooking (Tanya Childress)
Wow where to begin? J L Brooks will definitely have you flipping the pages in this one. It will toy with your mind, your emotions, your thoughts and quite possibly have you shaking your head and saying what the f***? Distractions is a very appropriate title for this book and what will quite possibly be the main character, Violet Phillips, undoing.

We start out with Violet as a teenager in the prologue, then we move forward where she has become a PHD. She is extremely intelligent and works along s

Jan 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Distractions is the debut of author JL Brooks. The writing mechanics of this book were excellent. Too often recently I have read many debut novels that have needed mechanical work. There was nothing in the mechanics distracting in Distractions (ha!).

I really had no idea what to expect when I picked up this book, but was happy to do so in support of an indie author. The writing was sophisticated and the flow was seamless. Unfortunately I don’t think my words will do the author’s justice. This sto
Dec 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, favorites
First off I had no idea what to expect when I started Distractions by JL Brooks. I will admit that after reading the first few pages I wasn't sure that this was going to be my kind of read, Oh thank goodness I was wrong!!! I'm not even sure how to articulate how truly amazing Distractions really is! J.L. Brooks, CONGRATS lady on such an amazing debut!

Distractions is an edgy love story chocked full of suspense. Just when I thought I had the story figured out…BAM! There is absolutely no way I cou
Jan 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I don't know if I can even swallow what I just read.....It was a mind blowing story of right and wrong. Every single aspect of this story surprised me. Prepare yourself for a book that is going to flip your whole world upside down! Distractions may be the one distraction that you won't want to miss!!!

I don't know what I liked more, Violet or the fact this book wasn't exactly what I thought it was going to be. Ok I think I loved the fact that I had initially thought I was going to be reading a lo
A. Gorman
May 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Where to start... First I received this book as J.L. and I was talking it up about Cincy Wine and Sign. Cinci (as I've spelled since I was little) is my home away from home. I told her I was a reviewer and blogger and she was like here, read this and tell me what you think. What do I think? Well 1. I am honored she let me review her book. 2. Squeeee I've met the wonderfully amazing Ms. Brooks. 3. Holy shit, this is her first book? Really?

As a reviewer, I try not to give out spoilers or too many
Aug 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
WOW! Just WOW! In no way did I see that coming! I knew after reading the synopsis that I was in for a little bit of mystery and a few twists, especially with a quote like " We are all pawns in some own else's game" I just had no clue how amazing this book was going to be! Not only do we get a mystery and romance, we get betrayal, seduction, and rekindling of lost love. Just when I thought I had things figured out , BAM! things would change and completely make me rethink where I thought this stor ...more
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I have a serious book hangover after this one. When I read the synopsis, I was expecting a suspenseful romance, but I got more than I bargained for! The story starts off with a glimpse into 14 year old Violet's life and then moves ahead to her 20s where she is working as a research assistant in a lab. She holds her boss, "Doc," in high regard, even thinking of him as a father figure. One night, a very disturbing encounter with Doc changes everything for her. Left reeling from what just occu ...more
Sep 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
JL Brooks is amazing in her debut novel Distractions. I absolutely fell in love with this story. it sadly set on my kindle for to long, but I am SOOOO HAPPY I finally picked it up, such a WONDERFUL read!!! It was a mystery, thriller, romance, action packed book for me. I technically wouldn't call this a "love" triangle, but a negative love from Violet past makes an appearance, I am not a fan of him at all, his is a liar & very manipulative, but I guess some books need a bad guy right!?! Now ...more
Di Covey/TwistedBookReviews
Oct 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mind-fuckery
On the edge of my seat! I loved the suspense!!! The plot and writing were outstanding.

I was confused right from the beginning, but that's what kept me glued to the story. I wanted answers. Violet was broken, I guess you could say. I felt bad, the cards she was dealt. AND I didn't even know all of it. (Hmm)

Anyway we start with Shepard, (Yummy) he seemed like a sweet guy and he loved Violet, then everything goes to sh*t- in comes CONNER, I still don't understand him, I hate him, I want him to red
Liz johnson
Feb 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
I am glad I did not give up on this book as it turned out to be a real treat. The love interest were both special and the writing was great. It did start off really bewildering me though, as it was a little confusing jumping to different timelines in the heroines life. However as I decided to read on I got sucked into the story and her relationships. Connor, seemed lush, the ideal slightly dark hero, maybe I didn't concentrate, I know what he did but I didn't understand the reason? Could he have ...more
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JL Brooks is a former columnist turned novelist. What started as a bet changed her entire course in life. With a passion for adventure, she believes everyone has a story to tell. Chances are she will try to convince you to tell yours.

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