Book Review: ‘The Girl in 411,’ by Amber Skye

5-stars for ‘The Girl in 411,’ by Amber Skye

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‘Sophisticated, steamy and smart.’

Approaching the review of ‘The Girl in 411,’ an extremely well-written piece of erotica by Amber Skye, I found myself confronted with two challenges.

The Girl in 411_Amber SkyeOne was how to critique it based on the essentials of good storytelling: Story structure, character development, plot, pace, etc. And the other was how to critique it on its secondary intent. Was it sexually stimulating?

There was actually a third. This is a genre I rarely read. Not that I’m burdened with any cumbersome morality issues. I just struggle to keep up with the genres I like most: Science Fiction, Fantasy / Adventure, Historical Fiction, Romantic Comedies, and a few others, while writing my own books and screenplays.

So, facing those challenges, I decided to critique this piece differently than I would any other genre. Focusing mainly on the writer’s style and the book’s secondary intent.

Please feel free to let me know if I’m on the right track.

Amber Skye is a stylistic writer who understands the craft, and, I will assume, has studied creative writing extensively. She’s clear, focused, has a worthy vocabulary and knows the basics of story and scene.

The story is logical and believable, the characters seem real enough, and Ms Skye ventured more deeply into her characters’ identities and motivations than one might expect from an erotica piece.

The story revolves around Jennifer, a private nurse, who moves into an apartment following the death of an elderly woman she was tasked with caring for.

Shortly after moving into her apartment, Jennifer encounters Zoey, a feisty neighbour who decides to claim Jennifer as her submissive lover.

Though the sex scenes are explicit, targeting Lesbian, Bi-sexual, or Bi-sexually curious women, the writer took time to explore her character’s innermost feelings about the affair. Her conflict as she sought to rationalise her desires while awarding herself the justification for exploring this alternative sexual relationship.

This is a clever approach. And real.

The author certainly deserves praise for delivering something more than a simple-minded piece that wanders haplessly from one sex scene to another forgoing the interest in making the reader think, feel for and perhaps identify with her characters, while they’re sweating away in sexual bliss turning the pages.

As for whether the scenes are explicit and well-written enough to be stimulating, I will only say this. I cannot imagine a woman anywhere with even a minor girl fetish, or curiosity NOT finding this a satisfying, stimulating read. This is steamy writing at its best that also explores character.

What I liked most:

Character:

As I stated above, the author used her sophisticated writing style and literary prowess to provide insight into her main character’s thought processes regarding a burgeoning sexual affair with a female neighbour.

As a screenwriter, I’m called upon to write for all types of characters. Reading this gave me insight into how a woman would perceive this type of relationship and the inner conflict she might face. One day I may write and thank Ms Skye for granting me the insight on how to write one of my characters better than I would have had I not read and analysed this work.

Writing style:

Amber Skye is a clever writer who uses her literary devices well. She does something I believe only good writers do. She tells her story as if she were sitting on the sofa next to you reciting it aloud. This is a smart, typically successful technique all writers should practise.

 Criticisms:

Only one, and nothing that would lessen my 5-Star rating or high recommendation.

Periodically the dialogue seemed unnatural. At other times it was very natural. This is a common problem even with veteran writers. It very well may be the most challenging part of the storytelling process.

Summary and Recommendation:

‘The Girl in 411,’ by Amber Skye is a skilfully written piece of erotica fiction. The story is solvent and well told, and the characters are well described physically and intellectually.

NOTE: Because of the content and explicit sexual situations, this is certainly not reading material for everyone. One should adhere to Ms Skye’s age appropriate recommendations before venturing into this piece.

Without hesitation, I give ‘The Girl in 411,’ by Amber Skye 5-stars and my highest recommendation.

Review by T. E. Mark – Writer / Screenwriter.

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