Six. Huge. Stars. The Man I Love by Suanne Laqueur. Read it, and fall in love with Erik and Daisy, just like I did.
Erik “Fish” Fiskare loves the theatre, 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. Rejection sets James on a course for destruction and when the smoke clears, Erik’s world is torn apart. He soon discovers that in the face of heartache, grief and betrayal, love is not always enough to make you stay. And sometimes, it’s the only thing that can bring you back.
Spanning fifteen years and following a man’s thrilling emotional journey back to the truth of himself, this award-winning novel has gripped readers and placed Laqueur as one of the most exciting debut authors of 2015. The Man I Love is an epic tale of love and forgiveness that will linger long after the last page is turned.
Sometimes a book comes along, and you just know in your heart, in your soul, that this book is going to be a game-changer. A book which has you so consumed with what’s in between the pages, that you simply forget about life outside of them. The Man I Love, was exactly that book for me. In fact, not just the one book, but the entire series. I devoured all three of the full length novels in this captivating, heart-breaking, stunning series about Erik Fiskare and Daisy Bianco.
When I picked up The Man I Love, I don’t really know what I was expecting, but I know that I wasn’t expecting what I got. The beginning of the story is the main introduction to the characters. Not an awful lot happens in the beginning, its very much setting the stage for what will become an epic story of friendship, tragedy, and a love so intense you can feel it in your very core.
It around the 30% mark that I knew there was no turning back. Even if I wanted to, I don’t think I could have put this book down. Something happens which completely rocks the lives of every single character in the book. Something so profound that it creates this domino effect, obliterating everything in its path. And through it all, you, as the reader, feels it all. This author writes with such a way that you feel as though you are part of this circle of friends, that they’re your family, and what hurts them, hurts you.
Now, this book spans 15 years, and though yes, throughout that time, the heartbreak is not resolved, that doesn’t mean there aren’t happier times for these characters. We are introduced to more characters throughout the years, and though the main storyline is ongoing, we also explore other storylines featuring Erik and these new characters. Oh yeah, I should probably mention this book follows Erik for the duration of the 15 years, from college life to adulthood, and all the trails and tribulations which come with it.
There are three more books in this series, the second book follows Daisy over the 15 years (this is not your typical POV book), book three (the final full length novel) is both Daisy and Erik after those 15 years, and the fourth book, is a collection of short stories based on the series, including original drafts from how these characters came to be who they are today. Without a doubt, I would 100% recommend these books. The Fish Tales series has quickly become a firm favourite of 2016.
*ARC received in exchange for an honest review*