Review of “Anna” by Sylvia Storm

Anna - psp cover 1 500x800It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a……Distraction!!

When the only major complaint on your book by a reviewer is a little unidentified (flying?) object on the corner of your cover, I would say that’s a pretty damn good review. 🙂

My thanks going out today to author Sylvia Storm for her wonderful review of my book Anna. This one took a little longer than her review of my book Private Conversations, but then again this is a slightly longer book. She also said this one was an “improvement” over my last submission, but to tell you the truth I don’t really remember which book I wrote first. Like all my Spinning Heads stories, these were written years ago, and for the life of me I don’t remember in which order they were written. It would be interesting to see if the improvement held up over the years, but unfortunately she doesn’t review taboo material. (Although it’s interesting to note that consensual incest is considered taboo, but cheating wives and husbands is not.)

Anyway, I am more than pleased with the review, and if you’re an erotica author who would like to submit a book to her for review, I would highly encourage you to do so.

Today we go back to cheating husbands and wives with Anna (Spinning Heads) by Forrest Young. The cover on this is fun, I liked the models and sunset. There’s some great work on the fonts too, they look sharp and professional. There’s three issues that stand out at me, the first being our foreground model seems a bit bright and she doesn’t match what I’d expect with the pinkish background image shade. Second, the background seems a little low resolution, minor point.
The third would be to please apply a healing brush to whatever that branch or dark thing is floating up in the sky at top-right. I thought it was a bird, but it looks like a cut branch, but I have no idea what it is and I’d like to see it Photoshopped out. There’s this magic triangle formed between her eyes, the thing, and the title. I’d rather the focus point being on him, but that thing is distracting and creates a WTF moment in the flow of the cover. Otherwise, very nice cover, I like this one.
Cheating wives? We have a wonderful bitch-out session by our heroine’s best friend in a strip club. I like these non-perfect scenes where one character realistically flies off the hook and has some “Jerry Springer” going on. The best friend and her husband do not even have a sex scene, thank you! Our housewife then decides an appropriate reaction to that domestic drama is to get up on stage and strip. I wish it were setup a little better, and I could have read a whole book about her playing with the idea “do I strip or not?” It’s a fun older-woman fantasy, and it sets off our whole cheating and ‘trouble at home’ plot nicely.
Having her husband walk back in the strip club and discover her is choice, and well-played on the quiet car ride back home. You can tell I’m into the imperfections, the quite-different than a porn-movie setups, and the messy side of life today. I like grunge and cruft on my relationships, it makes the all-too-perfect lives of our characters a bit more relatable.
Text-quality is average to good, and this book is an improvement for Mr. Young. We have a couple dialog tags like questions answered or statements stated, but overall, I could read this without being too distracted by the little things. Every book has issues, but there’s a line that is crossed where you can enjoy it for the most part, and this book got over that hump.
Heat-level is above average to good. The sex is a bit on the quick side for me, I prefer things to be paced down a little bit. The insert, sex, and orgasm within one paragraph is a bit fast for me, so I shall spank for that today. I still liked the setups and fun situations here, there is plenty of cheating and domestic trouble, along with out husband getting into the act as well. I would have loves to see a little back-and-forth between her husband’s new fling and our heroine, meow cat-fight stuff, and overall I was happy with the sex and setups here.
I know, when I write my books, I go 2,000 words into a sex scene and I’m not even half done. Maybe I am a bit on the extreme side. Still, my current projects are more fetish, so they demand more slow attention to detail. For rom-erotica, yes, pacing it sanely and crisply is likely a good choice. What you write will determine how you pace things.
Well, well, a book that’s more about the cheating and how all this went down than it is the sex? Interesting, and a recommend for the cheating wives readers today, soft recommend from the general erotica crowd. I liked this one, it was fun and gave me an escape. I really liked the messed-up relations here, the cheating, the getting back at each other – it’s fun stuff.
An improvement for our author, and a fun little book today. Not bad, and an indulgence I shall not feel guilty for today. Only that branch is bugging me still!
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