Sunday, 6 October 2013

The Love of My (Other) Life - Traci L. Slatton

The Book
Release Date: 31 January 2013

What worlds would you move to be with your soulmate? 

Painter Tessa Barnum is struggling. Her husband left, she's broke, about to be evicted and has made some serious missteps in her career. 
When scruffy Brian Tennyson explodes into her life, claiming to be from an alternate universe, Tessa thinks he's a crazy vagabond - albeit one with mysterious and undeniable appeal. 

Then he informs her that in his world, they're married. 

Tessa's universe is turned upside down as the truth of love and loss, victory and humiliation, and second chances comes back to her. She has to choose love over logic to reach that state of anticipation where miracles unfold. The secret to her own life was always in her heart.

My Opinion  4 STARS
**Provided by Netgalley and Parvati Press for an honest review**

Ok, so this book was not quite what I was expecting. Especially as the cover gives it an erotic edge that comes nowhere near this book. Its all very PG rated.

In any case the story still swept me away. All the science talk and Art talk left me shaking my head in confusion as I don't come from that kind of world however the background story had me hooked.

Brian, a math and physics genius in his universe has created a device that jumps parallel worlds. He is devastated after the loss of his wife, and we get visions as to his life as it was before she left. His kooky behaviour and speech had me giggling at times, even if I didn't get all the science talk.

Tessa is an artist with heartbreak and defeat. She is woefully behind in her rent and about to be convicted. The works with a church for a pittance and loves helping out. She is also a talented artist who helped some-one when they were down years ago, forging their own art and helping their career to the detriment of her own.

Brian uses his device to find Tessa in this parallel and pretty much hounds her as he has only a limited time before he has to go back to his own world. He both frustrates, irritates and also soothes her. She actually finds herself warming to his kookiness and, when he's not there almost missing him even when she's trying to avoid him.

Brian helps her think about the situation she's in even if at times he's appalled at the way she's done some things. When they have the moment when Brian talks to his Tessa through the current Tessa, I actually had tears in my eyes. It was so damn sweet. When Brian talks with his other self whilst being in disguise was also a good moment.

We get sweet romance in a PG way, baddies foiled and Tessa getting her happy ending and Brian more at ease with his loss.

A very good book, but the cover was very misleading to the story held within.

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