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"Brilliantly observed and devilishly demanding. Exposé is a can’t-put-it-down riot. A triumph." ☆☆☆☆ Jake Hook, TheGayUK

Adam Jaymes is a handsome Gay actor with a successful career spanning 20 years. But he’s also been the victim of press intrusion countless times at the hands of The Daily Ear, the world’s most salacious tabloid. Now, in a very public act of revenge, Jay
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Paperback, 4, 338 pages
Published May 10th 2018 by Amazon (first published October 1st 2014)
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PamG
Mar 13, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, read-2020
Exposé by Paul Ilett is the story of The Daily Ear tabloid newspaper in London and a celebrity that decides he has had enough of their stories and decides to turn the tables on them. Reporters must have secrets, too. Right? The journalists and the public were kept on pins and needles as every three days there is a new revelation.

Most of the characters in this book are unsympathetic. However, they did have distinct voices with their own flaws and virtues. The internal and external conflicts for
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LostToABook
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.


"Hello, this is Adam Jaymes. I just called to let you know its your turn. "


Ever wondered what it would be like to get one back on the newspapers? The Daily Ear is the worlds most infamous tabloid newspaper and the reporters there dont care who they hurt, they only care about getting a story. Feared by celebs & politicians, its left a trail of shattered lives in its wake as they expose the private lives of the rich and famous.

However, repor
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Sanjeeb Sapkota
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Funny and witty. Gives the inside scoop of the tabloid industry. Describe the routine of gossip writers and how they keep up with tracking the celebrity they try to cover. Unputdownable!
Georgie-who-is-Sarah-Drew
Unpleasant and boring. Skim-read looking for dialogue, characterisation or a moral centre. 0/3.
Leslie
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book skewers Britain's celeb obsessed Tabloids and their employees. Very few American newspapers would put a celebrity above the fold but in the UK it is an industry and the Daily Ear has spent the past 20 years going from boring to must read with the assistance of a dedicated staff of celeb muckrakers. Using the philosophy that if one is a celeb one is therefore opening all aspects of their life to examination; they have ruined lives, marriages and more. One celebrity is mad as hell and he ...more
Gillian
3 stars

This story revolves around skeezy tabloid journalists/editors/owners getting some comeuppance for all the grief, fear and terror they’ve wrought on people over the years by having the tables turned on them. The hunter becomes the hunted so to speak. Perhaps this might resonate more with folks who live in tabloid heavy countries, but I think we can probably all appreciate it when morally ambiguous people are hit with a bit of karma.

I thought this book had a great premise, but I feel like t
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Coco.V
Dec 14, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Greg
Jan 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full disclosure: The author is a friend of mine. But that kind of made the prospect of reading and reviewing his book more worrying. What do I say if it's really terrible?

Within a few pages I realised that wasn't going to be a problem. Paul has delivered a delightfully intriguing book right from the off.
It tells the story of TV golden boy Adam Jaymes, who turns the tables on the British gutter press - namely The Daily Ear - that has hassled him and his friends for years, printing thousands of li
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Jon Shanks
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review

And I can honestly say that I really enjoyed this book! In a nutshell, a celebrity turns the tables on a tabloid newspaper by digging the dirt on its employees, exposing their secrets in a public way, complete with sensationalist headlines. However, these employees are not cardboard cutout stereotype sleazebags. In fact the story mostly comes from their perspectives as flawed human beings, who have their owns problems and issues which the re
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Jonathan Welford
Fabulous frothy read, read in a couple of sittings. Delicious characters getting up to dubious shenanigans.

I would love there to be a follow up, those characters can't just be left like that.
J.S. Strange
I give this book 3.5 stars. It wasn't a bad book at all.

This book came up on Twitter, and the cover intrigued me immediately. Reading into it, I knew this was a book that I would probably enjoy - I love celebrities, love journalism, and I love exposés. It had a really great premise, so I bought a copy as soon as possible.

Let's start with, not the bad - as this was not a bad book at all - but the 'let downs'. I sometimes felt like the exposés were a bit boring. I wanted scandal, I wanted shock,
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Stephanie
Jun 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway.

I thought it was pretty good. The cast of characters were pretty unlikeable, and it felt kinda good to watch the tabloid media (even a fake media) get a taste of their own medicine. I really liked the epilogue.

I did find the way the author wrote the POVs to be a bit distracting and hard to follow at first, but I got used to it by the end.
Alicia
Jun 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Book, nice twist of events. Great ending. *received copy from book giveaway*
PaperMoon
I'm not sure how this could have been awarded #1 Amazon best seller in gay fiction. What I mean is that there are gay characters but they are not of the MC category ... and the only prominent gay sometimes came across as an avenging antagonist. By midway through the book, I had come to accept that there would be no M-M action, no gay romance. I wouldn't call this a comedy even though there are some absurd/ironic moments. Some reviewers have called it a satire and I agree the author shines a hars ...more
Pontiki
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this tables-turning novel about a man bringing all the paparazzi’s secrets to light.

Adam is a famous actor, married to his American husband. He’s been dogged by the Daily Ear’s employees for years, trying to dig up dirt on him. But they never could. They did, however, do many other despicable things, including push Adam’s friend and co-star to suicide.

So, one fine day he announces that the laws being battled upon to limit paparazzi hounds are still too loose, and he’s going to expose vari
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Heather Michele
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
I won a copy of this book thru Goodreads giveaways. Thank you for the opportunity to read this book.

I really struggled getting thru this book. I know it is just me, but I have never read a tabloid magazine or newspaper and have always despised the lies and harm they do to people. Just because someone is famous doesn't mean that their lives should be destroyed by these companies. That's why enjoyed the parts of the book where the Daily Ear employees were called out on their secrets.

But it took me
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Kerri
I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. I really enjoyed this story! I am not a fan of tabloid news or the hounding of celebrities and the intrusion into private lives of others; therefore, I found the whole idea of revenge against a the Daily Ear to be extremely satisfying. While I liked the mention of average people buying papers being the primary motivator for the practices those journalists employ, I would have liked to see that brought up as a main point rather than just a passing com ...more
Dave
Apr 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Paul Ilett for this Kindle copy of Expose. Thanks also to Goodreads for hosting the opportunity.

I liked it. I thought it a little on the slow paced side, but not bad. The numerous editing issues are still there after all these years. Interesting story, turning the tables on the rag mag industry, but what I think was of most interest, as noted in the book, is the fact that the industry exists for a reason. This kind of 'stuff' exists, along with many other things (Barbie and dog Tann
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Ken Cook
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
British sheet takedown

Principal characters from the newspaper's masthead become target/victim of a hidden investigation. An inside view of a British scandal sheet as one of the tabloid's targets uses celebrity and wealth to apply the reveals in reverse. An excellent read with surprise twists.

As I am a gatherer of books, I collect books and ebooks from a variety of sources: Goodreads wins, Bookhub, BookFunnel, emails from authors and publishers, and others. I do lose track of their sources. But,
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Anne
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book

I am a retired local newspaper editor and many of the colleagues I trained with in the Sixties went on to work in the national press, as did young reporters who I mentored. Some of these journalists ended up on the trashy red tops, hardened their hearts and lost their moral compass. I know they now look back on the dirty tricks that they played and regret it. This book has a light-hearted veneer but I can feel the author’s anger underneath. Maybe it should be required reading for t
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Carl Phillips
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well plotted, presented and written from start to finish. Was initially unsure that having the victims as the POVs was going to work, but it did - brilliantly - and while it gave the reader valuable insight into what was going on you didn't ever feel sorry for them.

I had the pleasure to work with the author, briefly, many years ago (there was even a shout-out for the employee we shared) and only really picked this up out of curiosity for what he had written. I am very glad I did - I enjoyed it i
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Samantha
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book as part of a Goodreads give away.
I enjoyed the premise of this book - What happens when roles are reversed and celebrities expose the private lives of the reporters who are constantly invading their privacy? Do two wrongs make a right? Ultimately, this is a story about horrible people doing horrible things. None of the characters are likeable, and I both felt sorry for them but also liked seeing their downfall. If anything the book is witty and entertaining, and made me thi
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Mary
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book! The author kept my interest throughout. We've all worked, at one time or another, with dreadful people. This book reminded me of how fortunate we are to be out of that environment. The characters are well rounded. I definitely recommend reading it.
Tammy
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll admit I love a good gossip rag now and then. This book is highly entertaining and kept me turning the pages late into the night. The ending, however, was a little 'eh'. I won't spoil it, but I was a little disappointed.
Michael Marr
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great romp through celebrity, the newspaper industry and its brutal side in an engaging story line and great use of social media to give it an extra twist.
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Paul lives in England with his husband and works in the UK media. He has been writing stories his entire life, and much of his work focusses on LGBT issues based on his own experiences. His first book, Exposé, became a best-selling LGBT novel on Amazon and the much anticipated sequel, Exposed, is being published later in 2020. You can find Paul on twitter or at his website.

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