Wednesday, 8 June 2016

#Blogival - Fix: Sex, Lies and Banking by Lily Temperley

This month, I am lucky enough to be taking part in the Clink Street Publishing Blogival 2016. Each Wednesday, for the next three weeks, I’ll be talking about a new book, and this week is the turn of Fix: Sex, Lies and Banking by Lily Temperley.






Anonymous banker-turned-author reveals how the dangerous culture of money, power and sex drives London’s City traders in this scandalous debut based on her own life.

Playboy investment banker and eternal bachelor, Patrick Harrington, is a living cliché: wealthy, wildly successful and outrageously good looking. What nobody knows is the truth about Patrick; he’s a high functioning addict who craves his next thrilling fix. His ferocious vices jump between money and sex, from taking daredevil risks at work to pursuing illicit and multiple conquests with various disposable women. When a beautiful ingénue, Alexandra Fisher, joins his office, she doesn’t stand a chance, falling for him quickly and irredeemably. When Patrick receives an envelope full of damning photographs along with an anonymous threat he will stop at nothing to discover who is trying to ruin him and the life he has worked so hard to build. As his paranoia takes over, even Alexandra comes under scrutiny. Drawn in Patrick’s underworld of deception and depravity, Alexandra soon becomes embroiled in a game without rule, learning that love can make you crazy and that playing with fire can burn.

Based on the real-life experiences of its author, Fix: Sex, Lies and Banking delves headlong into the high-octane world of international banking to reveal the warped personalities, the selfish passions and the thirst for success at any cost that help make London the banking centre of the world. Writing under a pen name, Lily Temperley has been a full- fledged member of this highflying business community for over a decade, and the novel is based on what she has witnessed and experienced, both in and out of the boardroom and on numerous first-class business trips. Serving as both delicious entertainment and a stark warning to women working in the City, Temperley reveals how greed can pervert our sense of right and wrong, how people and relationships can be used solely for gain and how those with power can easily be corrupted.

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When I was first sent the press releases for the books, I was immediately drawn to this novel. I love a good romance novel, and the blurb for Fix: Sex, Lies and Banking immediately brought to mind some of my other favourite novels: the Fifty Shades triology and the Crossfire series to name a couple, with the relationship being between a woman and a man in a more powerful position. I also loved the idea of this novel being based on the author’s real-life experiences. There’s something fascinating about reading something that mirrors someone’s life. Maybe it’s just me being nosey, but it just makes my whole reading experience that bit more enjoyable.

I loved the dual narrative the novel offered. Being able to see the story from both points of view really accentuates how differently people’s minds work in the same situation. Female protagonist Alex Fisher finds herself falling madly and deeply in love with ladies’ man Patrick Harrington, as you expect when reading a typical romance novel. As a female reader, I could easily relate to her thought processes and the way she overanalysed some situations – let’s face it, we all do it! Much like E. L. James’ Anastasia Steele, Alex has quite a sheltered background and is quite naïve, but falls for an enigmatic guy who teases her out of her comfort zone, into his dark and dangerous world. And let’s be honest, all girls love a bad boy right?

But the course of true love never did run smooth now did it? Filled with twists, turns, lies and deception this kept me on my toes the whole time, and was so fast paced. Who doesn’t love a bit of romance alongside a bit of deception?

Fix: Sex, Lies and Banking by Lily Temperley (published by Clink Street Publishing, RRP £7.99 in paperback, £2.99 for eBook) is available via Amazon

Keep up to date with the author by visiting www.lilytemperley.com and on Twitter @LilyTemperley.

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Love Lexie
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