Sample Reviews

When I first started writing ‘Let’s talk Dirty,’ I posted chapters on a popular writing site to not only get help with SPAG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) but to see what reviewers thought about the characters and story line. After over eleven hundred reviews, I knew I had written something not only topical, but highly amusing. These reviewers are varied. Although my kind of writing might be regarded as ‘Chic Lit,’ some very adept writers gave me fantastic reviews and encouragement. It’s only possible to hand out six, 'Exceptional' reviews every week, but they kept on coming. The samples below are a cross section of reviewer’s thoughts on the book in general. Wherever ‘Let’s Talk Dirty’ ends up, I now know it has the potential to be a highly amusing film.


   Excellent

Many women have been in this exact sort of position. It's always tough to be widowed, and it's a difficult age too. I think this story will appeal to most women over 40, it's something most of us dread thinking about.

Excellent

This is the first time I'm reading it and I'm hooked. Quickly the reader gets inside the head of the main character and discovers the ups and downs of her life. The tone is not of self-pity but of frustration of not feeling in control. A predicament more than enough people can relate to. Wonderful start to this story.


Excellent

Oh, I'm not sure dropping in on a book is the most helpful review, but we've been down this road before, and your work is always so good, it seldom needs more than praise anyway
AS usual, excellent description, authentic character (yes, I could tell even from one chapter - *grin*), great pacing and a wonderfully strong narrative 'voice'.

Looks like another winner to me!

Exceptional

'Well, that's it then. Now I really am screwed...' she said out loud, before pouring the last of her bottle of whisky into a glass, and bursting into tears... Holy shit, this is depressing. This poor girl is someone I can relate to. The emotion flooded off the page. Nice one!

 

Excellent

You really get into the feel of your characters, as if you knew them, and they were just telling you their story. The U.K. doesn't sound to be any easier of a place than the U.S. It's a shame that people do struggle like this. Yet, when you're facing the wall and there's nowhere to go that's when something, whatever kicks in. Lots of tension. Great write.  

 

Excellent

Hi, Alexis. I've not had the fortune of reading your work before, but I must tell you, I am impressed. You handle Imagery with superb professionalism. Your writing has the unique ability to make the reader feel as though they are right there in the room. Bravo! I look forward to more as time allows.  

 

Exceptional

Oh, what an enjoyable chapter to read! I'm dying to see how this crazy, daring scheme works out. Its madness, but I can understand the temptation these women must feel, considering their desperate situations. Bring it on...I want to read more!


Excellent

This chapter is terrific.
I couldn't believe how absorbed I became in the chatter among these three women as two of them recover from a hard night of self-pity and heavy drinking.
The scene is beautifully sketched through the showing of the story. No extraneous detail, no overcomplicated plot manipulations, just clever interweaving of believable prose and dialogue.
Loved the turn when Karen admits to struggling after losing Colin. And what a beautiful link you made between this loss, Karen's search for a job, and the ultimate suggestion that they talk dirty for a living.
The fact that they are well worn women of the world makes the scene amusing and totally heartfelt.
A wonderfully constructed and enjoyable narrative.

Exceptional

Poignant and funny! The dialogue is natural, not forced, and moves the story forward. The topic is certainly current. Can't wait for the next part!

Excellent

Hi Alexis, Just accidentally stumbled across this chapter, my friend, I am now going to have to go back and get the gist of the story from earlier chapters, but it is credit to you that you can get new readers so far into your book, this was an extremely good read.

 

Excellent

You're such a good writer I feel like I run out of ways to say "GREAT WRITING!!"
I am all caught up now and I'm really enjoying the book. I'm proud of you. I didn't see anything to critique so I'll just say... *clap * clap * clap.

 

 

Exceptional

Karen sound hard-headed. Drinking with diabetes is a recipe for bad health ahead. But people are like this, they are just like naughty children. I enjoyed the part when the sour old granny gave them a filthy look --so typical!

 

Excellent

That was hilarious! I was crying with laughter, what they said to that poor young man, it was classic, really funny, Alexis,

 

Excellent

This is so funny, really funny. No one could call this book anything else but humorous. I am not letting my old man read this, he might get ideas!! Not good for his blood pressure. LOL. This would sell well, This would make a fantastic film! Keep them coming, I am really enjoying this book.  

Excellent

My first time reading your work, part four. I have to admit it is really a clever way to present what men are paying for. Very clever indeed.
Your dialogue ran true to form throughout the entire scene. More important, there is no verbiage.
All in all a good read, keep writing.

Exceptional

Though this story is fiction, I can imagine three women in their fifties having the time of their life pulling this off and earning money at the same time. The vibrator is naughty, but that's what the story needed, something to test the limits and Karen's part was hilarious with the thought of it being diseased. A very fast moving chapter. I can truly imagine this happening. Superb!!!

Excellent

LOL, I can just imagine that at the airport! I wish my hubby wasn't around when I read these chapters, I am howling with laughter all the time! And why was it just as well she did?? What a mean thing to do, now I have to wait!!! I love this book, it will sell by the millions!

 

Exceptional

I normally don't rate or review someone without reading their novel from the beginning. I must say this is really good! I will definitely go back and read from the start. You have a great story line and you writing flows brilliantly. Excellent job! :)

Excellent

I don't believe I read any prior chapter of "let's talk dirty" but I might go back and peruse them because this was a creative chapter. The concept sounds like it can be all inclusive from funny to serious. Your characters have a level of depth about them lending itself to some interesting plots.
Nicely done.

 

Excellent

This is a very well written piece of work. Although I haven't read any of your previous chapters, I like the concept of your story and can tell that your characters have depth and are well developed. I love the way they are all discussing a way for Laura to carry on taking calls without her son suspecting. Samaritans, lol, both clever and funny. And in a way not far from the truth! 

        Exceptional

Your writing is very realistic, to the point where I wonder if you are writing from experience and the characters are based on real people. Or perhaps you have done some extensive research. Either way, you are a good storyteller and I would love to read from the start and see how the girls arrived at the point where they are now.

 

Exceptional

Ok you earn a six!! I was literally clutching the arm of my chair all through this read. Oh my goodness! You did an amazing job of writing the suspense and had me on the edge of my seat. I'm pulling for Katie to live... ya hear?  

Great job, my friend. I've come to love these girls!
 

Excellent

Hi Alexis,

Great chapter. Could see no typos etc.

I like your social awareness between the great humour in this book.

There was a dose of it over the vet with his inflated fees. This portrayal is very canny. The house prices and all that.

Your book is beautifully topical, as well as VERY funny. 





























 
 
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