Memories by Valentina Heart
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Published by Less Than Three Press on June 2, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, LGBTQIA
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Marlin is a transsexual who has undergone the hormone replacement therapy for becoming a woman, but her sex reassignment surgery has never taken place. Coming home one night, she is greeted by the sight of her man, Gabe, spread out on the bed just for her.
There was good and there was bad, some of it happy and some of it sad, but as they take a journey through their memories, they light up the old flames. Sex, tears, laughter and a wicked dose of romance show what loving is all about for Marlin and Gabe.
2.5 Disappointed Stars…
I was looking forward to this book, getting a peek inside the romance, love and sex with a transgender woman who still has her penis, and the man she has fallen in love with. The closest I’ve gotten to seeing inside this dynamic is a frightening look through The Crying Game, which I’m sure is not representative of the average transgender woman. Anyway, I was sad to be let down by this book.
The author TELLS us what is going on, and what the characters are feeling, rather than SHOWS us. That simple change, were the author to edit this story, would make all the difference. Things are written in such a way that I don’t feel the characters’ feelings at all. The sex is mechanical without excitement. An author can’t just SAY it’s exciting. Make the reader FEEL it!
Also, the h mentions that the H is talking dirty, but really what he is saying is too flowery and romantic to be considered dirty talk.
I had to stop reading at 31% because I simply didn’t care what became of the characters. If I didn’t care at 31%, I would never care.
I’d probably try something else by this author in the future, assuming she’s working to grow and improve on her writing. Her general writing (grammar-wise) is excellent, infinitely better than most of what many people are putting out there these days, so I know she cares about her writing. Best wishes on future writing, Valentina Heart!