Oscar Down Under: Part One, Jack Ladd

Contemporary Fiction, Erotica & Sex, Gay & Lesbian Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Romance

Once a jaded user of people and substances, Oscar is now a handsome and successful thirty-something in love. But before he can commit to his new man, he’s forced to reflect on his troubled past, and figure out if he’s truly changed from the manipulative, damaged boy he once was.

This is where we meet Oscar, fourteen years earlier at twenty-one, with a bad reputation and worse proclivity for lying to others and himself. One hungover Saturday morning trawling through Grindr he meets David, a tall, handsome Aussie living in London who, with the right coercion, offers him far more than the free meal he’d hoped for.

But, Oscar soon finds out that travelling to the other side of the planet, to sunny, scorching Sydney, isn’t enough to escape his demons. And, by telling his greatest lie to date, learns the toughest but most valuable lesson of his life.

Set across London, Edinburgh and Sydney, ODU#1, is a lush, sensory experience exploring the intrinsic need we all feel to grow and learn, and how no matter what we’ve done or has happened to us, it’s never too late to change. 

Based on true events.

Oscar Down Under: Part One is a wildly enjoyable, moving and exciting novel that is based on real events that will shock and delight all readers. Oscar Down Under: Part One is a book I am obsessed with and although I knew I would love the book, I never thought I would like it just this much. The story is incredible and weaves many compelling themes that will provoke readers thoughts as well as inspire them; the combination of these two themes and others ensure that the reader is entertained and hooked until the very end. It has been a very long time since I have come across a gay erotica book that has entertained me this much, so that is why I am so excited to be sharing it with you lovely readers today because I hope too that you will take my advice and read the marvelous book!

Oscar Down Under: Part One is primarily a character study of one man called Oscar. The reader will meet Oscar in the present and the past because the narrative in the novel switches to different decades and I admit, I loved this! The two different decades, in which the reader meets Oscar while he is older and younger was sensational and added to the overall development of the characterization of Oscar. The reader will follow Oscar in the present as he reflects back on his life – the good and the bad – as he makes a decision. Oscar is now a thriving adult who is in love, but he has a troubled past, one full of many terrible events and Oscar, in general, was a different person. Oscar goes on a reflective journey, looking at his history to see whether he has changed from being the ‘manipluative, damaged boy he once was.’

When the reader meets Oscar in the past, they will be shocked by how different he was. Oscar, when he was younger, experienced many wonders, wonders people would kill for, such as traveling and visiting beautiful, scenic places but despite his fortune, demons still ruled him and he struggled to keep them in. The premise of the story is the journey of Oscar; the reader will follow Oscar on his journey across London, Edinburgh, and Sydney and the result is a fascinating and intriguing tale that readers will love and the fact that it is based on true events will make the reader even more engrossed!

The story of Oscar Down Under: Part One blew me away thanks to its incredible characterization and the brilliant storyline that was well thought out and compelling. The characterization is the star of the novel, never before have I read of such an honest, believable, and sensational character. Oscar is all of these three attributes and so much more; his narrative will jump off the page and compel the reader to turn the pages but I admit book lovers, he will frustrate you at points also! Oscar is a character who you hate to love, at some points you will dislike him because the younger Oscar was very arrogant and I admit, if he were real I would have avoided him. However! The present Oscar is a gem so as I wrote, readers will have a love-hate relationship with him and I admit that I am obsessed with this style of character and I will explain why.

Personally, I love investing in a character who is not always perfect. It would be extremely boring if a reader loved the protagonist from beginning to end and thought they were heaven on earth. Nobody is perfect, and the incredible author Jack Ladd explores this through the vessel of the story Oscar. Ladd expresses through Oscar that everybody makes mistakes, everybody is human, and nobody is perfect and I believe that is a potent message; one that all readers and non-readers should take on board.

Jack Ladd, in my opinion, is a sensational writer and this is because he knows how to develop his characters and give them excellent backstory. Ladd knows how to describe the places and events the reader encounters flawlessly and he also knows how to write a fantastic story that will keep readers entertained from beginning to end.

Overall Oscar Down Under: Part One is a phenomenal story that is full of poignant themes, beautiful descriptions, and passionate romance that lovers of erotica will adore and so, I have no choice but to award the book five stars! Please do have a read of the book and keep an eye out for Jack Ladd’s future works because I already know that they will be brilliant!

Thank you so much for reading book lovers! I appreciate it so much and love discussing wonderful books with all of you so please, comment below and let me know your thoughts on Oscar Down Under: Part One; do you see yourself reading this book? Let me know all of those brilliant thoughts of yours below! Thank you so much again for reading!

Goodbye for now book lovers,

P.S. Here is a preview of the book for all of you lovely readers to enjoy! Please have a read of the preview and if you find that you have loved what you have read then all you need to do is click the Buy on Amazon button and it will take you straight to the book on Amazon U.S.! If you are in the U.K. then below I have attached a link to the book for the Amazon U.K. I have also attached some links about the author and this wonderful book! Thank you so much again for reading book lovers, I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this book.

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Thank you so much for your review, Aimee Ann. I’m blown away by your kind words. It’s so encouraging when someone like yourself, someone on the other side of the world with a completely different life and set of experiences, can relate to and understand why I wrote Oscar. Through his character, I wanted to create a story that isn’t focused on solely finding a man, but shows the importance of self-development and personal growth when it comes to matters of the heart. You’ve shown me that I was successful, and I can’t thank you enough. I also can’t wait… Read more »

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