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.
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grabs you by the feels and doesn't let go
You really get into his head about everything
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.
- Toni H