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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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  • Toni H
  • 11-04-17

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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  • Leticia S. Sanches
  • 07-06-18

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
  • 30-01-18

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
  • 20-11-17

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.