UPDATE!!! I ADORED THIS ENTIRE TRILOGY ALERT!! 5 stars!!!
Okay… when this one was released last year, I was in full Book Bash prep mode, so I totally missed it. But in a recent “reader favorites” list, a fellow reader brought it back to my attention, and the subsequent comments about it, HAVE ME.
Yvette: I discovered this author this year. If you add anything to your list, please add these 2 books. Even the book titles give me a bit of the shivers…
Sadie: The Man I Love is really good!
Maryse: Hrmmm…. then I must read this ASAP.
Emma Scott: The Man I Love is one of my top reads. And after I left a review for the author, we became BAFFs (Best Author Friends Forever) 😉 Friend or no, HIGHLY recommend.
Maryse: Okay that’s next then… the three of you (including Yvette) have sold me. I just one-clicked ’em both…
Liz: The standard of writing in the 2 books is phenomenal. I am still reeling from reading these books earlier this year and the second book OMG. It’s a POV book but it’s a story on its own. Definitely the best books I have read this year. The third book is a bonus the author promised, to answer a couple of questions left open ended – I hope!
Erin: I just got back from vacation and I read “The Man I Love”. Thank you for this recommendation – it was wonderful! Thank you even more for advising not to read the blurb!!!! Just read it and I am SOOOO happy I didn’t read it before, I loved that I didn’t know all that detail going in…
About book #1:
As a college freshman, Erik Fiskare is drawn to the world of theater but prefers backstage to center stage. The moment he lays eyes on a beautiful, accomplished dancer named Daisy Bianco, his atoms rearrange themselves and he is drawn into a romance both youthfully passionate and maturely soulful. Their love story thrives within a tight-knit circle of friends, all bound by creativity and artistry. A newcomer arrives–a brilliant but erratic dancer with an unquenchable thirst for connection. And when this disturbed friend brings a gun into the theater, the story is forever changed. Daisy is shot and left seriously injured. And Erik finds himself alone in the aisle, looking down the muzzle of a pistol and trying to stop the madness. He succeeds, but with tremendous repercussions to his well-being and that of his loved ones.
Traumatized by the experience, Erik and Daisy spiral into depression and drug use until a shocking act of betrayal destroys their relationship. To survive, Erik must leave school and disconnect from all he loves. He buries his heartbreak and puts the past behind. Or so he believes.
As he moves into adulthood, Erik comes to grips with his role in the shooting, and slowly heals the most wounded parts of his soul. But the unresolved grief for Daisy continues to shape his dreams at night. Once those dreams were haunted by blood and gunfire. Now they are haunted by the refrain of a Gershwin song and a single question: is leaving always the end of loving?
Spanning fifteen years, The Man I Love explores themes of love and sexuality, trauma–physical and mental–and its long-lasting effects, the burden of unfinished business and the power of reconciliation. Through Erik’s experience we reflect on what it means to be a man, a son and a leader. A soul mate, a partner and a lover. What it means to live the truth of who you are and what you feel. What it means to fight for what you love.
- The Man I Love (The Fish Tales Book 1) – my review
- Give Me Your Answer True (The Fish Tales Book 2) – my review
- Here to Stay (The Fish Tales Book 3) – my review (I pretty much give this whole series 5 stars!)
- The Ones That Got Away: A Collection of Lost Fish Tales (The Fish Tales Book 4) – July 7th 2016