#Review: See You on the Other Side, by @cerebraltart

See You on the Other SideTitle: See You on the Other Side
Author: India Reid
Rating: 4/5 stars

“Bobby is a bad husband. He’s under no delusions about that much. After sharing his life with his wife, Karen, for more than two decades and raising three beautiful children together, he has known for a long time that his feelings for her are no longer the ones he had when he married her. Worse, his flirtations with Tammy, the attractive neighbor, have been growing more and more serious with every drunken holiday party and forbidden text…

So when an impact date is announced for the comet that will end all life as he knows it, Bobby is faced with a choice. Does he leave his wife for a few months of happiness with his new squeeze, or does he stay faithful to the vows he made so many years ago? Bobby knows that he’s a coward, but as he tries to muster up the courage to leave, he finds that walking out is even more difficult than he had ever imagined…

Warning: This 6000-word emotional short involves a skanky neighbor, a terrible husband and a wife who loves him anyway. The author is not responsible for violent urges or tears shed while reading.(description from Goodreads)

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This was the third story I’ve read from India Reid. I enjoyed the other two stories I read from this author, and this falls right in line with those.

I’m enjoying the fact that Reid can take one global situation (a comet set on a collision course with Earth in six months) and come up with a variety of stories about people from all walks of life dealing with the knowledge of their impending doom. The creativity to write these different scenarios is what keeps me coming back for more. What also has me grabbing more stories is the character development.

For an erotic short story, Reid takes the time to develop the characters, emotions, and the world surrounding it all. This is a constant in Reid’s work. With this story, Bobby was an interesting character to read because he wasn’t that likeable. He’s kind of an ass, though he does have a conscience and some redeeming qualities. I wasn’t too sure if I was enjoying reading from his point of view at first and felt sympathy toward his wife, Karen more than anything else. Upon finishing the story and seeing where it went, I know that it wouldn’t have been as deep of a story if Karen’s POV were used.

Since, as I mentioned, this is an erotic story, there comes a time for something sensual and sexy to occur. While I praise Reid for the development of the story, I felt that for once, the erotic “climax” was a little underdone. I could have used a little more balance with the rest of the story elements due to the genre. But still, it was tasteful and it’s better to have less sex than too much. I’ve read stories that are almost all sex, but have no way to connect with the characters or situations.

To summarize, this was another story I greatly enjoyed from India Reid. I’m hoping Reid is working on a longer work, though. I have a feeling that with more space to write, even greater things will come from this author’s pen.

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If you’d like to purchase a copy of this story, you can find it on:

Amazon

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About the Author:

India Reid is an American expat writer of alternative, cerebral erotica.  She has a sense of humor, just not a very good one.

Her writing is provocative, witty, and often charming, with thematic focuses on the psychological and philosophical.  Interests in science fiction, fantasy, horror and history have shaped her stories into tales of dangerous men and sharp-tongued women that transcend the pornography genre.

She loves men, women, film noir, tongue-in-cheek banter, literary theory, giant robots battling inter-dimensional alien invaders, failed revolutions and feminist liberation.  Most of her words come out heavily lubricated with whiskey and wine.

Her first full-length novels, With a Whimper and Hell on High Heels will release in September.

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