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TRB Speaks on The Porn Detective

*Warning: Some Spoilers.  “The Porn Detective” is a story that is not for the faint or weak at heart due to its subject matter and sexual dialogue.  Reader discretion advised.*

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I thought this would be a good start to the review of The Porn Detective by Stevie Turner.  You can find out more information about this author by visiting MARSocial and get glimpses of The Porn Detective by visiting Wattpad.

I will start off with my thoughts and my rating.

by Koldman of deviantart.com

by Koldman of deviantart.com

Marriage goes beyond the wedding. It’s not always the intensity of a Harlequin romance, nor the gush portrayed on a Hollywood screen. It’s an investment, a partnership, and it involves a lot of work. It has good days and bad days, at times, the bad days outshining the good.

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Source: mymojo4life.com

The Porn Detective is a snapshot where perception and reality aren’t in alignment. Frances believes that her and her mate, Martin, are on the same page when it comes to sexual experience, views on sexuality, and faithfulness. However, certain events unfold where it is clearly not the case, and there were indicators early on where this is revealed.

The very first glance is at the actual wedding, after Martin and Frances got married, Indicators of all were not as they seemed when the Best Man, Marcus, started saying certain things about Martin. He mentioned Martin’s trips to the pub, various women, and times when Martin’s drinking got a bit excessive. This side of Martin Frances had never seen, yet when she asked him about it, he behaved as if he had no clue what Marcus was speaking of.

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Then, on that very same night, she awakens to find her husband over her, giving special hand service to a particular member. This startles and upsets her. Martin is remorseful and apologizes.

Yet it set the stages for dysfunction.  Who was the man Frances married? How much did she really know about him?

She initially met up with him via a dating site. Did any full discussions regarding what was expected sexually ever come up, or was it because he gave off the persona of being a virgin that it didn’t seem likely to come up?

We interrupt this review to give you an Unleashed Flashback….

Before I lost my virginity, I was very, very CURIOUS about sex. I had friends who had experienced it before me. I had a stash of Harlequin and Silhouette romance novels where I would lose myself in the steamy sex scenes and wonder if I would like or experience them.

For me, it doesn’t seem weird for Martin to have sexual thoughts or even give in to self-pleasure. Self-pleasure saved me from making some pretty bad choices in some instances.

I don’t think there is anything wrong with being sexual adventure, as long as your partner is comfortable with these things and as long as you’re not doing it in a way that detracts from every day life or the bond you have with your loved one.

Now back to the review….

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Source m.videobash.com

In The Porn Detective, Martin’s sexual behavior becomes destructive. The feel of his member in his hands while looking at sexual imagery becomes more important than making a spiritual and emotional connection through lovemaking with his wife. His desire for wanting to experience these activities outside of “just seeing it on video” leads him to seek other avenues. Just think of the saying, “For someone who won’t, there’s someone who will.”

His addiction spilled over into other aspects of his life, causing damage to his work dynamic as well as his finances. It also sparked Martin’s addiction to alcohol due to his depression in his failure to fully handle his other issues in an effective manner.

Frances did her best to stay by his side during the course of all this. However, with each discovery, I could feel a sense of denial, a state of “I can’t believe this is happening.”

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Yet, in her detective work, with all of the evidence piling up, it was hard for her to really face the facts that Martin’s addiction had spiraled out of control. Although some women would have gotten out sooner, I do applaud Frances’ effort to attempt to fight with him to see if he could beat this thing.

Yet, with certain circumstances, love may not prove to be enough.

I don’t doubt that Martin and Frances loved each other. Even through their dialogue, without having a true visual of what they looked like, I could tell there was a level of respect and love there. However, when someone is in the throes of addiction, it doesn’t just impact the person experiencing it, it has a ripple effect to others around it.

Frances’ emotions were on a constant roller coaster. Day by day, she would have to wonder if Martin was really being honest about stopping looking at porn. When she was looking around, she’d have to brace herself for what she may or may not find. She had to struggle with knowing she wasn’t the primary star in Martin’s life. Frances was dealing with her own issues: not feeling as if she were enough for her husband keeping her household together, caring for the children, and other components. She had to decide to love herself enough to decide there was more to her life than this; that she was deserving of a marriage where she wasn’t in constant competition with pornography and alcohol. Otherwise, she would have been just as lost as Martin.

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The dialogue bits in The Porn Detective, at times, ended a bit awkwardly. Also, there are a few people who would say that Frances’ naivete seemed to stretch a bit too long before she accepted the truth about her husband. Some would have broken down after the first time she discovered the porn. Others would have had it once the charges for the dating service popped up. However, everyone’s breaking point is different.

I give this work an 8 out of 10. I applaud the writer for addressing this issue with such candor.

Now, I turn the floor over to Mr. Controversy on his reviews involving The Porn Detective.

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Controversial Thoughts:

The Porn Detective revolves around Martin and Frances Andrews: an ever evolving and growing married couple who are very much In Love with one another and making the best of their new life together. They somewhat remind me of the typical 2.5 child, nice home with a white picket fence family.

Martin knows A LOT about sex for a virgin (then again, so did I at a young age). Martin has a bit of a thing for drinking, pornography, and masturbating. Despite his having relations with his wife Frances, it seems that he cannot release his grip from his tally whacker long enough to be the 100% husband that he promised to be to and for Frances. Martin is an electrician who leads from the front with his household, even when he was down and out due to downsizing at his employer and did temp work. Martin has become secretive about the household finances (among other things), and Frances has become growingly suspicious of his activities.

Frances’ persona is that of a supportive and gullible spouse who has to come to terms with whom she wedded. It goes to show that one must hit a certain point before realizing that there is a problem.

Donna’s words, “Sex and Money; two things that can kill a marriage stone dead”, are VERY CRITICAL words for Anyone who is married, was married, or are thinking about getting married. They echo a sentiment that can be passed on for generations. It seems that her words may carry much more weight than what Frances realize.
This is another shining example of a story where people (in general) have Inner Demons that get the best of those who try with all of their might to fight them off. There are several Real World issues littered within the pages of this write, for said messages are beneficial to and for those who seek and are seeking Help.

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Source: oppositelock.jalopnik.com

Public Service Announcement

If you or someone you know is a victim of Sexual Abuse, Sexual Addiction, and Alcoholism, please seek help. This is a Fight that YOU ALONE must Never Face. Here are a few resources that’ll hopefully aide in your own or another’s Inner Peace:

http://www.nsvrc.org/
http://www.rainn.org/
http://www.sexualrecovery.com/
http://www.sexaddictiontreatment.org/
http://williamsvillewellness.com/
http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/

This read has touched something within me. This write has caused me to get misty-eyed and feel for all of the characters involved. To accomplish this within my hard (yet VERY Compassionate) Heart, tells me that the writer is Quite Powerful with their words. With the subject matters that were discussed (it has not happened to me), I sympathize for those who have struggled in those journeys.

The spelling and use of certain words possess the feel of England’s English; a feeling that is both ticklish and a true delight for me (realise vs. realize, theatre vs. theater, duvet to describe a quilt, and “nappy” to describe a diaper).

I love the lapsing of time throughout the story, where the reader isn’t bored about reading “Day One”, “Day Two”, etc. The time lapse kept the story moving forward, and actually had me read from cover to cover in a week.

Some of the dialogue in the chapters ended in some awkward spots, namely and specifically where dialogue was ongoing, and then continues at the start of the next chapter. If the chapters ended in a cliffhanger style, then a bit more length chapter wise would have done no harm to the storytelling.

Other than that, I saw no other flaws: a Rare Treat for us readers and writers.

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As I said earlier, it struck something within me, and it touched me deeply. This is certainly a book to pick up and read while sipping tea and nibbling on biscuits.  I rate this a 9 out of 10.
“The Porn Detective” can teach many people a few things about dedication to the one they love, as well as loving themselves enough to let go.

8.5stars

Overall, The Review Board rates this an 8.5 out of 10, and we highly recommend this read. Thank you for your time and likes, shares, subscribes, and comments are welcomed.

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I have an appreciation for the unique, love for all types of art, and fierce attractions to brilliant intellectuals (from book smarts to street smarts). Lover of humanity but feel humans have lost their way, just trying to stay true to myself as conformity threatens to take me away. Simply one head, many crowns: Author. Reviewer. Columnist.

8 comments on “TRB Speaks on The Porn Detective

  1. Stevie Turner
    September 16, 2013

    Great review. Thank you. Looking forward to publishing the book.

    • nolabels
      September 18, 2013

      Keep us posted on how everything turns out!

  2. Stevie
    September 18, 2013

    Will do. Still awaiting agent’s reply.

  3. Stevie
    September 28, 2013

    First 9 chapters are now on Goodreads. Would you be able to add this review please?

    • nolabels
      September 28, 2013

      I see the chapters on there, but it helps to add the book manually so it will come up in the Goodreads search so that it can be eligible to get rated. I will check on it now.

      • Stevie
        September 29, 2013

        There’s a comments box at the end of the work. Perhaps an abbreviated form can go in there? Thanks for your help.

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