Book Review: Secret Life of a Hollywood Sex & Love Addict


Imagine if Sex and the City’s Samantha was an addict and her drug of choice was MEN. Go on a hilarious, inspiring, and at times, shocking journey as Roxanne conquers her fears, changes her ways, gets closer to healthy relationships and begins loving herself a little more each day.

After years of working as an image-obsessed actress in Hollywood, Roxanne finds herself at rock bottom from a disease that is anything but glamorous. In her first year of recovery, Roxanne has to take accountability for her past. From tales of being mistaken for a prostitute at the Hotel Bel-Air to botching a threesome attempt with an A-list celebrity, she must face the truth about herself and stop playing the victim.

Roxanne’s odyssey of using sex and love—as destructive and beguiling as an alcoholic reaching for a bottle—is a veritable rollercoaster of ups and downs, laughter and tears, and a true testament to facing your absolute truth and conquering your fears. So take a front-row seat into this complex world and the 10 RULES Roxanne learns along the way.

Secret Life of a Hollywood Sex & Love Addict has the vibrant, relatable vibe of chick lit, the soul-baring honesty of a memoir and the wisdom of a self-help book. In this unique roman à clef novel, Brianne Davis shares her own intimate experience with the transformational power of the twelve-steps, providing strength and hope for anyone who wants to change their life forever:

  • The 12-steps of recovery are broken down to help both the addict and those that love them.
  • Identifying and isolating behaviors of sexual addiction, and patterns that harm you.
  • Looking inside and finding out the WHY.
  • Dating sober and building a community of sober women.
  • Love addiction, the willingness to be honest, self-care and becoming authentic.
  • Practical tips and tools to enhance your life, let go of shame and embrace self-love.

My Review

While, this book may be about "Sex" addiction, I do believe that anyone suffering and recovering from any type of addiction can and will be able to relate to things that Roxanne went through in this book. I have not experienced an addiction, but I can imagine that the range of emotions that Roxanne had are very real. 

I have read many memoirs and nonfiction books where the author shares their personal story. While this book format was different in that with Brianne did not refer to herself and used Roxanne as the voice; Brianne still shared her experiences in a no hold bar prisoner attitude. Thus, the reason that this book felt more personal and "raw". 

There were two quotes towards the end of the book that stood out to me:

"No more vices to numb my shit out"

"Sometimes, you have to let go of what was not working to make space for what will"


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