It has been a crazy month since releasing my first novel – Loved, Settled and Understood – and I have received some pretty awesome reviews. I wanted to share some with you all as well as say a massive thank you for all your help and support.
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Here are my reviews from Amazon:
Gosh! This was good on so many levels. The blurb gives the gist of the story so no need to repeat it here. It was about love and loss, desire, heart-rending grief and anger – passion, I suppose, in all it’s guises. The book is well written and the author understands these passions well, especially that of grief. My eyes were watering many times.
I wasn’t so keen on the poetry. It was all a bit samey, though meant to have be written by different people. Fantastic to have a Scottish author on the scene. Makes a change! Most lesfic books are written by Americans. Not that there is anything wrong with that. Sometimes it is just nice to feel at home! *****
Just finished reading Loved, Settled and Understood. What a great read. I enjoyed the plot (I wont spoil it for you) and natural conclusion. This is a great first book, it is well paced and flows beautifully. I enjoyed the poetry interspersed through the book to illustrate emotions and thoughts. Really recommend it to all you naughty people out there :-D I look forward to your next book! ****
I smiled , I cried, I laughed what a great book !!! Enjoyed the book all the way through hope to read more of your books soon Kirsty !!! Thank you !!!! *****
This story totally moved me to tears! As someone that’s come out recently I can relate a lot to the main character (and in my head she’s totally hot!) *****
What a read couldn’t put it down, just wish it was like that in the real world…A girl can dream *****
A superb compelling read, did not put the book down till I finished. Would thoroughly recommend and look forward to more from this author. *****
fabulous story, so many mixed emotions, didnt want it to end *****
AND FROM RAINBOW READS (3 STARS)
This novel is a fairly quick read. I was able to finish it in a single evening. It’s reasonably fast-paced with a cohesive plotline that moves along without sidetracking and unnecessary elements.
There were some things I liked and some things I think could have been improved upon. I was drawn in by the part of the plot involving the death of Laura, the main character’s best friend. Having lost a good friend to breast cancer a few years ago, I felt a sense of solidarity with Sophie in her grief.
Second, I enjoyed the sex scenes between Sophie and her love interest, Jane. They are steamy and descriptive, but not over-the-top with either flowery language or graphic vocabulary. They were nicely sensual. I also appreciated the realism of mild experimenting between Sophie and her friend Val without them suddenly developing lust or love for each other.
As far as things that could have been improved: I think the book as a whole could have benefited from higher quality editing. At times, the style was excellent, particularly at its most romantic. However, the rest of the story often felt like lower-quality filler in order to advance to the next romantic interlude. The entire first chapter had errors in punctuation and verb tense which were somewhat distracting.
I was disappointed that Sophie assured us multiple times that she was “not gay” as she came to terms with her sexuality. She seemed to have the common mistaken belief that there are no bisexual people or that she could not be one. This might have been all right if it weren’t overused multiple times each chapter before Sophie finally accepted her identity.
Finally, I was uncomfortable with some of the plot elements, particularly those that seemed like or actually were domestic violence. It’s difficult to believe, for example, that a woman who had been attacked by an intimate partner would eventually develop a warm friendship with that person. I was also bothered by the way Jane came across as a bit of a stalker, yet the reader was supposed to hope she and Sophie made things work.
Overall, this was an all right story. It was mildly entertaining, but I don’t feel as though I’ve come away from it changed in any way. On the other hand, I believe this author has potential, and I would enjoy reading her other work as she grows in her writing.
I give it 3 stars.
This is a quick read, but it took me awhile to get into it. The writing is not great. The novel is written in first person, but the main character is lacking in personality until more than halfway through the novel. The plot is what helped move this piece.
I did, however, have some issues with the plot. Jeff, Sophie’s boyfriend, seems to have three or four different personalities. He goes from being a douche who just wants sex and cares only about his pleasure, to a total gentleman who will do anything for his girlfriend in the span of two chapters. Later on, he becomes violent to the point of almost raping Sophie, and then he’s perfectly normal and cute again at the end of the piece. The violence is what shocked me the most. For a relationship that has lasted either 2 or 4 years, unknown as it was a continuity error, Sophie should have known whether he was an abuser or not. If he was, that should have come through before halfway through the novel. I also did not like the fact that Sophie let him back into her life after something like that
The relationship between Jane and Sophie was the driving force for the first half of the novel, and it was great to see a budding relationship that had a lot of issues to overcome and seemed to overcome them. I think this is where the story was best woven and written. The anticipation was built, the struggles Sophie faced were felt, and the scenes were most vivid and well- written in this section.
By the end of the novel, I didn’t want Jane and Sophie to be together because Jane had sufficiently creeped me out. It was hard for me to want them to be together even though I knew that was what the author had intended. I have high hopes for this author and the stories she has in her head, the characters she has created. She just needs a bit more time to let the writing technique get better to match the plots she has.
I rate this novel a 3 because the plotline is developed and the basic of the story is there. This novel could have used help from a few more edits and beta readers to flesh out the writing and make it seem more alive. I look forward to seeing where this author will go in the next few years and seeing if her writing improves.
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