The Love of My (Other) Life

The Love of My (Other) Life

by Traci L. Slatton

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ISBN-13: 9781942523086
Publisher: Parvati Press
Publication date: 01/14/2013
Pages: 238
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

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The Love of My (Other) Life 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
JackieBCentralTexasJB More than 1 year ago
Read from December 17 to 18, 2013 Paperback, 236 pages Published January 31st 2013 by Parvati Press (first published January 29th 2013) original titleThe Love of My (Other) Life ISBN 0984672621 (ISBN13: 9780984672622) edition languageEnglish other editions (3) Read from December 17 to 18, 2013 Paperback copy provided by author Book Synopsis  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 Thoughts  The cover does not fit the book but once you read the story the covers meaning is revealed so to speak and makes more sense. Zany, humorous, sad, uplifting, this particular romance will appeal to those of us who sometimes prefer stories that are a little offbeat and a lot cerebral rather than sexy. Tessa has some major life lessons in store and some surprises along the way that will give the reader a smile while learning right along with her. This book was both different and out of the box enough to make it unique but at the same time held a message of hope for those of us whose lives are in a rut of our own making that we can change the future if only in small ways that will make it better. [Paperback copy provided by author in exchange for honest review]
rockygirl1 More than 1 year ago
Yeah, this one was, well, different.  I’m used to books jumping back and forth in time, but this one jumped back and forth in dimensions.  I think it had potential, but there was something it lacked in the actual execution.  I also think it aimed at being funny, but it just, well, wasn’t. Also, I really don’t get the cover. There are references in the book to a heart shaped birthmark on her rear, so I get that, but, does it really need to be on the cover? There was just so much with this book that puzzled me. I wanted to like it, but, in the end I just, didn’t.  I will say the second half was better and probably pulled the book up out of a 2 to a 3/3.5.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
I liked the premise of this story; it seemed like a unique plotline that would be a quick and easy read. It was quick, it was easy, I liked most of the plot ideas and the characters, but pieces of the story left a little to be desired. I definitely liked the alternate universe Tessa better than the present universe version. That probably had more to do with their respective life choices than anything else, though. I also think I would have rather read the (other) love story, including more of Bryan’s ways of wooing. (Maybe there should be a companion book??) There was just something about this Tessa’s dialogue and thought processes that I didn’t get, although I can’t quite put my finger on what it was. Bryan was funny and engaging and a much more likeable character overall, in my opinion. There were quite a few good scenes between them and I think they made a great pair. I wish Bryan had been a little more forthcoming on who he was and why he was there from the beginning. This would have allowed them to get the unbelievable-ness and explanations out-of-the-way quicker and the story could have moved on more expediently. I’m glad that even though the alternate universe Bryan had to return to his dimension, that he engineered a way for the present universe Tessa and Bryan to unite and become acquainted. I do wish that their story had continued a little longer or maybe had an epilogue. Rating: 3 HEAT Rating: Mild Reviewed By: Daysie W. Review Courtesy of: My Book Addictions and More
Drea0469 More than 1 year ago
I liked this book. The writing was smart and funny. I like the characters, they were not over the top but believable as real people that I could know. Other readers stated that the book was hard to understand with the different terms from art or physics, I did not feel that it was too overwhelming but gave the book an authentic feel. Overall this was an enjoyable read.
Cherryreads More than 1 year ago
I do not think that I was smart enough to enjoy this book. I am a sci-fi geek and a paranormal romance girl-so when I read the description of this book I was excited. After I started reading it, the story lost some of its appeal. I do not have a physics, philosophy or an art degree so there was a lot that was over my head. I loved the idea of a love that was so profound that it crossed over a universe. I love the fact that the main character was intelligent, passionate about her beliefs and shows compassion to others. I didn't like that there was little romance in this story. As you can see, the cover shows a nearly naked woman. One would assume that there would be some type of sex. Don't get me wrong, the other does broach the subject, she just doesn't give us the details. What is the point of a good old romance novel if I don't get to read about heaving bosoms and fiery loins? The author is more descriptive about the atrocities in the art community and the laws of physics. I also have never encounter an underworld thug that speaks so eloquently that I don't know what he is saying. "The ugliness that repels us in nature exists, but it becomes acceptable and even pleasurable in the art that expresses and shows beautifully the ugliness of ugliness," What kind of thug talks like this and what is he saying? Like I said I was not smart enough to enjoy this book. In my opinion, it is difficult to get drawn into the drama of the story, but like with all fairy tales there was a happy ending.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Guest Reviewer/Lisa & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog “If you are looking for a sweet love story that’s a little bit “Sliders” and a little bit “The Lake House” then I don’t think you will be disappointed. ” ~Under the Covers Don’t let the cover fool you… this is far from erotica. “The Love of My (Other) Life” by Traci L. Slatton reads more like a science fiction book than a romance. Don’t get me wrong, it is indeed a love story but the only sex going on is the before and after, never the during. Imagine that there are an infinite number of parallel universes (each one different, all based on the decisions we make or paths we don’t travel down), and in each universe, you are destined to be with the same person. In one ‘verse, Tessa is a struggling painter and in the other, an accomplished cellist. In both ‘verse’s, Brian ends up being a scientist. This story throws us back and forth from one to the other, giving us a glimpse of “what could have been”. It is very apparent in the beginning that (other) Brian has somehow lost his Tessa and would go through anything to see her again, if only for a short while. When we first meet (other) Brian, Tessa describes him as a homeless person, and yet where she should be scared that he begins stalking her, she isn’t in the least bit freaked out, and that alone freaks her out. Told in alternating perspectives from alternate universes (hers from ours and his from the other) we begin to see what might have been and what still could be. Please don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that I didn’t enjoy this story. It was funny at the appropriate times and touching when it needed to be. I am just saying that with it being classified as a romance, I had higher expectations. If you had given this to me and told me it was a science fiction story, I would have been totally in love with it and would have given it more stars. If you are looking for a sweet love story that’s a little bit “Sliders” and a little bit “The Lake House” then I don’t think you will be disappointed. If you are looking for something smexy, then I suggest you move along. *Review copy provided by Netgalley
Hazel_G More than 1 year ago
The Love of My (Other) Life is a Contemporary Romance written by Traci L. Slatton. I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review by Parvati Press through NetGalley. The Review:  I really did not enjoy this book at all. The writing was choppy and hollow, abruptly switching from one scene to another. Paragraphs or chapters would end on antidotes that were neither cleaver nor funny. Though I liked the idea of this book, even if not terribly original, I couldn’t get into the story and I felt like it was buried under a slew of awkward actions, frivolous words and artistic ideals. The characters were vacant and animated. I never got a real sense of who they were. Where I think the author was trying to portray quirky and ingenious characters, they only came off as pretentious and annoying. Tessa was in her mid thirties and had the maturity of a teenager. Her grasp on reality was skewed which she lays off as her artist eye. The one bright note in this book was Brian. I did like him even though he had a mad professor feel to him. He was eccentric and fun and his reason for traversing between universes for a lost love was sweet and sincere.  One last note - The cover is very deceptive. Looking at it, you get the sense this is an erotic book or even a heavy romance which it is not. Its sweet and energetic but could easily pass in the New Adult genre. The Wrap Up:  Though I wasn’t a fan of this book, it had enough kooky and fun that Im sure it would appeal to other readers, I just wasn’t one of them.
Jutzie More than 1 year ago
The Love of My Other Life by Traci L. Slatton Tessa Barnum is trying to get her life together. She is just starting to paint again after three years and her husband had left her back then as well. She owes money and the program she helps run at the church may close if they don't get the money to keep it running. On top of all that….she has some crazy man following her. Brian Tennyson is from an alternate universe. He has come to see Tessa but she won’t believe he is from somewhere else. She won’t barely even give him the time of day. Brian is such a unique and likable character. Great story. We see it told through Tessa’s eyes in her universe and through Brian’s eyes as to what had happened in the past in his universe. The author did a great job of stirring the emotions with the ending. And there are some surprising twists and turns as well. **Sensual situations and language **Received through NetGalley for Review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a juicy, quick read. Suddenly one day painter Tessa Barnum is beset by goofy, good-looking Brian Tennyson, who claims to be a physicist from an alternate reality. More than that, he tells her they're married in his world. Tessa's world falls apart around her as she goes on a roller coaster ride of passion, laughter, and self-examination. The ending lends soulfulness to the whole story. This novel is not explicit, but the cover is earned in sly and implied ways.