GENRES: Contemporary Adult/New Adult Ficiton
How could he have imagined love was anything but a force which made you your most authentic being?”
“He” is Erik Fiskare, a college freshman who quickly becomes part of the theater’s inner circle and finds himself particularly captivated by dancer Daisy Bianco. It doesn’t take long for their mutual attraction to combust, and Erik surprises himself by surrendering to his first real soul stirring, sexually charged experience.
From the very first chapter, it’s as though author Suanne Laqueur decided that giving her readers front row seats wasn’t enough. No, they would need all-access backstage passes to fully experience what unfolds behind the scenes in her characters’ lives – Erik and Daisy’s connection, the trials and triumphs of their family and friends, the spot-on landscape of young adulthood and the tremendous destructions wielded by a traumatic event and its haunting aftermath.
Erik and Daisy’s love story unfolds over 15 years and becomes proof that memories are like keys. Depending on who is holding them, keys can either keep shackles tightly fastened or unlock a person’s most authentic self. The Man I Love is a reminder that life isn’t linear or logical, and that it’s the detours that matter.
Laqueur not only wrote the “passionate but thoughtful love story” she set out to tell, she also created a genre she calls “emotionally intelligent romance.” The Man I Love deftly explores what it means to be vulnerable, resilient and human.
Craving an intelligent, steamy, unpredictable, steamy (yes, that adjective demands repeating) romance? Don’t miss Suanne Laqueur’s The Man I Love.
This exploration of love, loss and redemption begins in a fevered rush of desire and expands into the sweet surprise of recognizing one’s self in another. It is an affirmation of the transformative power of love, a conduit to getting lost in an intricate landscape of intimacy, and a masterfully crafted reminder that life is not a dress rehearsal.
And now, there’s even a remedy for does-this-story-really-have-to-end melancholy: the sequel, Give Me Your Answer True. What are you waiting for?
5 stars - Top Pick!
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Yvonne Lieblein is a writer and creative producer who lives in the seaside village of Greenport, NY. Her debut novel with a musical soundtrack, The Wheelhouse Café, will be released this summer. You can find her at yvonnelieblein.com.