A Bettered Life by Michael Lindgren

Author's Description:
Will Liebkind won the Nobel Prize for Literature ten years ago, and he's had a case of writer's block since then. His brother Bob is a prolific writer of pulp and sex. They've been like cat and mouse since adolescence, but when events force Will to move in his brother's orbit for a while, life changes in unexpected ways. A tale of family, redemption, and finding love.
Size: 554 KB ( ~ 105,055 words)
Genre: Romantic
Sex Contents: Some Sex
Tags: Ma/Fa, Consensual, Romantic, Heterosexual, Slow

Review by Andrew Johns   [other reviews by Andrew Johns]

Reviewed: 2008-01-07 - (Review Updated: 2008-01-09)

In "A Bettered Life", we have the story of a Nobel prize winning author that has found he can't write after striking literary gold with his first book. Forced to travel to Knoxville for Thanksgiving with the family at his brother's place, he meets a very nice woman who owns a bookstore. Subtle sparks fly as the writer deals with family and romance. Read along to find out how it goes.

The sex in this story is very limited in scope. The story is more about the developing romance between the main characters, and the events around the writer's family as they deal with life. As such, there is minimal stroke value to this story.

The plot itself is excellent. The depth of the characters and their interactions is handled with a deft touch. You feel like they are all people you know, and would like. The story deals with the twists and turns of life very well.

Technically, I can't recall a single flaw.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this story. The author has shown a great skill with dialogue and character development. Unless you are looking for stroke, this story is a great read.

Plot: 10 | Technical Quality: 10 | Appeal to Reviewer: 10