Micro Review: The T-Girl Next Door: A Fantasy that needs a Longer Life. (NSFW)

Hello everyone. Today, we are going to do something different. Today, we are going to review erotica.

Sit back down. Now, whether you know about it or not, Amazon is riddled with Micro-Book Erotica or MBE, shortly written erotica stories that are often no longer than seventy five pages in length. Now, the number of these books for sale is exponential as they are often as quickly written and distributed in less than a day. Some of them are actually better quality and are good quick reads on the go, while others are down right questionable and laughable. Each week, I am going to review one of these books and give an honest review of it based on the following criteria.

  • Writing Style
  • Story-Line
  • Characters
  • The depicted Sex.

The first author I am going to review for this week is going to be none other than Mrs. Marlene Sexton, who has written independently released MBEs based on Bondage and Sado-Masochism, Lesbians, and Transsexuals. The book that I am going to review is her 2013 release, The T-Girl Next Door (T-Girls Encounters), the story of a man, his wife and his beautiful neighbor with a surprise for the both of them. Let’s take a look shall we?

Writing Style

Opening the first page or two, I noticed that Marlene’s writing style for this book was exposition heavy. Within the first paragraph, Ed the husband and narrator quickly describes his neighbor Barbie’s body. While this can give the reader the idea of what the character is supposed to look like, it can create exposition which can reduce the quality of a book. Another thing that I have noticed is that Ed falls into the archetype of guys who describes women’s bodies simplistically. An example of this would be him saying…

She was tall and sexy, long legs, nice tits with a fantastic ass.” 

I’m sorry, but please. Show, don’t tell. The way that she describes the body parts in question is unimaginative and direct. If she described the body parts throughout the story, then it would have been better suited.  I have also noticed that there were a few grammatical errors that could be found sparsely in the story. Marlene however does a good job avoiding a common problem that authors have with writing with the past and present tense.

The Story-Line   (Spoilers)

The story that would be found in this MBE would follow the story of a married couple, Ed and Anne. While Ed is convinced that their bombshell of a neighbor Barbie is a lesbian due to her constantly inviting women to her house overnight, Anne tries to tell him that Barbie is not a lesbian. Later on, while his wife was ‘out with friends’ and Ed is stargazing, he hears his neighbor having sex with who he presumes is another woman. When he decides to spy on his neighbor, he soon discovers that Anne lied and had sex with Barbie, who is revealed to be a transsexual. From there, it follows the almost identical archetype that could be found in almost any erotic story where Ed and Anne both engage in sexual pleasure with Barbie.

The Characters   

I have to give the author of any MBE slack when it comes to character development. The limited amount of pages does not allow characters to grow over the time that is normally allotted for other books and novels. Ed’s character development over the course of the book is well established as he goes from someone who questions the ethics of peeking on his neighbor having sex to whether he should consider an open relationship with his wife and Barbie. However, both Anne and Barbie lack in development over time. While Anne is seen as coy in her nature and shows guilt for committing an infidelity, there is no sense of remorse from her actions, she does not build character over time. As for Barbie, she surprisingly has very little speaking roles or presence in the overall novella, so there is very little to go off of for her. Barbie mentions that she has taken part in porn, but there is little back story to her character.

The Sex Itself

The sex scenes that could be found in this book are split between three depictions;

  1. Ed and his wife Anne having casual sex
  2. Anne and Barbie’s secret swing
  3. Ed, Anne, and Barbie’s Ménage à trois.

Now, while the sex scenes that were depicted in the novella were graphic in every detail, there are a few things that I have to point out. This is partly due to Sexton’s writing style, but the use of the word ‘cock’ is excessive and repetitive. There are several pseudonyms that could have been used in place for this. Another thing that I would find to be disappointing is Ed’s fascination with just watching Anne have sex rather than take part. One thing that would disappoint some readers would be how in the end, Barbie wanted to take Ed from behind, but he refused. Though it is common place in novels where transgender or transsexual characters are having sex that they take the dominant role with men and is commonly expected and wanted by readers.

Final Thoughts

So, is the 27 page novella worth your time? While the idea of a man and a woman discovering the pleasures that could be found from having sex with a transsexual can be a great premise for an erotica story, I felt that Marlene Sexton’s work was too rushed, not allowing the characters to better build over time. I would recommend this story to anyone who wants a quick read that would excite them, but do not expect anything grand. It would make me curious to see how Marlene Sexton would handle writing a full length novel.

If you want to check out Marlene Sexton’s blog, come take a look at her website.

The T-Girl Next Door is available at Amazon.com here for $2.99 American.

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