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The Man I Love

Written by: Suanne Laqueur
Narrated by: Vanessa DeSilvio
Series: The Fish Tales, Book 1
Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins
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Publisher's Summary

You never got over it. You just left it.

College freshman Erik Fiskare loves the theater, but he's more intrigued by the wizardry behind the red curtain than the spectacle center stage. That is until Daisy Bianco steps into the spotlight. The moment Erik lays eyes on this ballerina, his atoms rearrange, and the young stagehand will never be the same.

For two years the romance thrives within a tight-knit circle of artists and friends. Then a newcomer arrives - James, a brilliant but erratic dancer with a misguided infatuation and a burning desire to belong.

The consequences of an ill-fated love affair set a course for destruction, and Erik's world is torn apart. He clings to Daisy, but he soon discovers that in the face of heartache, grief, and betrayal, love is not always enough. And sometimes it's everything.

Suanne Laqueur's award-winning debut novel presents the dark side of devotion and the futility of running from the past. The Man I Love is an emotional journey of love and forgiveness that will linger long after the last minute.

©2014 Suanne Laqueur (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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  • Christy Baldwin BBU
  • 2019-06-03

Erik and Daisy's story is EVERYTHING.

Where has this book been all my life? I can't believe it's been out for years and I'm just now reading it. Better late than never I suppose, but seriously, if you haven't read it, you need to. Erik and Daisy's story is EVERYTHING.

This story spans 15 years and starts with Daisy and Erik in college and falling in love. They say when you know you know, and from the moment Erik met Daisy, he knew. These two belonged together and it seemed like nothing could ever tear them apart. Until an unthinkable tragedy happened at their college campus. If you've ever truly suffered through a tragedy you know that it changes people. Grief can consume you, tragedy can change you, and if you don't work on healing, it can tear you apart. That is what happens with Daisy and Erik. Tragedy tears them apart.

As time passes, it is always obvious to both of them that they are meant to be. No matter what happens in their lives, it never feels quite right because they aren't together.

The end of this book had me jumping straight into the second book. I read that it's some of the same story from Daisy's perspective (plus a lot of new material) and even though a lot of times I skip over retelling books I need this one desperately. I have to know what was going on in her head when she did what she did and I want to see what she was up to all those years these two were apart.

If you are a fan of epic romance, pick this book up. It will give you all the feels and take over your life while reading. I can't wait to read more of Erik and Daisy's love story!

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  • Toni H
  • 2017-04-11

grabs you by the feels and doesn't let go

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely

Who was your favorite character and why?

Fish
You really get into his head about everything

Any additional comments?

I love this author's writing style. I read wonderful stories all the time, but the actual craft of writing from this author continues to blow me away.

Erik and Daisy meet and fall in love in college. She's a world class ballerina, and he does the technical design. Everything is going wonderful for them. Their romance is perfect. School is great. By all signs, the future is nothing but up, up, up. After a tragedy, it's impossible for them to get back on track. This is the journey of their love and despair and the eventual finding of themselves. It spans many years.

I didn't read anything about this story before starting it. Every emotion hit me hard, and I had to ride it out fully. I want to go into detail about all my feels at each point, but I don't want to spoil anything. Just know that you aren't going to want to put it down, but you may have to a few times to wipe your eyes. It's beyond beautiful. It broke my heart at times and overfilled it others. The Man I Love is not to be missed. Exquisite. Moving. Defining.

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  • Dalila
  • 2019-09-22

There are no small roles...

Every word was purposeful and deliberate, fluidly and gracefully flowing much like the depicted ballets. Each character, from the most minor and supporting, was so well-developed. I felt and understood every emotion and I could envision each dance. I finished this book truly "knowing" each character and growing with Erik over the span of time. With so many themes in place, this was not a love story...this was a life story!

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  • Tamara B.
  • 2019-06-12

Fantastic in every aspect!

I originally read and reviewed this novel before it came out on audio. I decided to revisit this lovely story again several years later and must say that the narrator took an already amazing story to an outstanding one. I could not stop listening and was truly sad when the last word was read.

My 2014 review:
It’s very rare for me to read a debut novel that has that WOW factor. You know the one….the one you become completely engrossed in. The one where you really connect with the characters and feel what they are feeling. The one that causes you to have a vortex of emotions while reading – happiness, sadness, anger and major frustration - then back to happiness again. But in this case with The Man I Love, I have been 100% WOWED! It has been quite a while that a novel completely remained in my thoughts even when I had to step away for a bit. The characters are real people with real problems and real challenges and I found myself relating to them immediately.

Ms. Laqueur definitely has the magical touch when it comes to writing and her words come to life within the pages of this amazing book. This well written novel is a must read that I would recommend to just about anyone who wants to immerse themselves in a truly beautiful story of two people who fate has destined to be together only to face the challenges life throws at them. Well done Ms. Laqueur…..well done!

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  • leaf86
  • 2018-10-29

I loved this book!

Oh my this is really a good book. Narrator Vanessa DeSilvio does a really fantastic job. The story is touching and you will experience all kinds of emotions. You will laugh, you will want to cry, you will get angry and wonder what was he/she thinking. #Tagsgiving, #Sweepstakes, #gotmeinmyfeelings, #funny, #sad, #lovedthisbook

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  • Tina S.
  • 2018-08-02

Love this Series

Really enjoyed the this story, was very well written and very different from any other love story I have ever heard

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  • Leticia S. Sanches
  • 2018-06-07

LOVED the book!!!

I really really enjoyed the book! Couldn’t stop listening!! He performance was great too, but I think, having a guy as the main character, it should have been narrated by a man... Vanessa DeSilvio did a great job, but I just think it should have been a man.

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  • Kindling Micky
  • 2018-01-30

Complex story and characters

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I’m keeping this short-ish because I don’t know how to put into words my conflicted feelings and do justice to an author whose writing I adore and a book that took time to grab me. I struggled to make peace with the pacing of the book until 70% but the final 30% was superb. I feel like it took me till 70% to finally feel the emotion that I felt I should be feeling, but didn’t. The answer to ‘the why’ I struggled to connect, I think is down to the pacing issues and deep description, not characterisation, because I liked Erik, Daisy and Will immensely. I definitely felt periods of frustration with both Erik and Daisy but I accepted it and their story. The side characters were utterly superb, Miles, Will, Mel, David.

Suanne Laqueur tackled a specific challenging issue and a plethora of arising sensitive subjects in this book and handled them with care. The character development was deep and the prose was eloquent. The journey this couple made was vast and wide but it was a journey I hung in to see the destination. This book is definitely memorable.

“The blood blinked first.”

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  • Kristina
  • 2017-11-20

Just buy this book

This book? This book is a good book. So well written, and so unbelievably human. You'll recognize the days you've spent with your friends here, that perfect banter. You'll recognize the frustration and pain.

Just exquisite.