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“We’re so alike, you and I. It’s no wonder we kept finding each other.”

September 11, 1973: Eleven-year-old Alejandro Penda watches from his apartment window as Santiago, Chile falls to a military coup, destroying his family and his childhood. Arriving alone in America, he’s taken in by the Larks: a prominent family in the town of Guelisten. Though burdened by unresolved grief for his disappeared parents, he becomes fiercely loyal to the Larks, eventually marrying one of their daughters, Valerie.

September 11, 2001: Javier Landes watches from his apartment window as New York City falls to terrorism. As one of Manhattan’s top-paid male escorts, this professional lover has never lacked for company and is loyal only to himself. But in the wake of 9/11, Jav is named guardian for an orphaned nephew in Guelisten and must open his carefully-guarded heart to pain he’s long suppressed.

Alex, Valerie and Jav meet first in their twenties, with a sudden attraction each finds strange and compelling. When they meet again in their forties, they discover not only is their bond still strong, but their life experiences are strangely similar. All have been shaped by separate 9/11’s, and their unfinished business from the past will change everything they know about love, loyalty and friendship.

“Life has rules. You cannot come in the middle of the night and take what we agreed isn’t yours.”

Across three decades and two continents, Suanne Laqueur’s fifth novel explores the unpredictability of sexual attraction, how family ties are forged, torn and mended, and how love’s downfall can turn to exaltation.

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An Exaltation of Larks

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Synopsis

The paths of a married couple and a male escort cross in Suanne Laqueur’s fifth novel about the price of love.

“We’re so alike, you and I. It’s no wonder we kept finding each other.”

September 11, 1973: Eleven-year-old Alejandro Penda watches from his apartment window as Santiago, Chile falls to a military coup, destroying his family and his childhood. Arriving alone in America, he’s taken in by the Larks: a prominent family in the town of Guelisten. Though burdened by unresolved grief for his disappeared parents, he becomes fiercely loyal to the Larks, eventually marrying one of their daughters, Valerie.

September 11, 2001: Javier Landes watches from his apartment window as New York City falls to terrorism. As one of Manhattan’s top-paid male escorts, this professional lover has never lacked for company and is loyal only to himself. But in the wake of 9/11, Jav is named guardian for an orphaned nephew in Guelisten and must open his carefully-guarded heart to pain he’s long suppressed.

Alex, Valerie and Jav meet first in their twenties, with a sudden attraction each finds strange and compelling. When they meet again in their forties, they discover not only is their bond still strong, but their life experiences are strangely similar. All have been shaped by separate 9/11’s, and their unfinished business from the past will change everything they know about love, loyalty and friendship.

“Life has rules. You cannot come in the middle of the night and take what we agreed isn’t yours.”

Across three decades and two continents, An Exaltation of Larks explores the unpredictability of sexual attraction, how family ties are forged, torn and mended, and how love’s downfall can turn to exaltation.

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Suanne Laqueur’s debut novel The Man I Love and its follow-up, Give Me Your Answer True, won gold medals in the 2015 and 2016 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. Both were finalists in the 2015 and 2016 Kindle Book Awards, and Laqueur was named a gold medal Debut Author with Feathered Quill Book Reviews.

Laqueur graduated from Alfred University with a double major in dance and theater, and taught at the Carol Bierman School of Ballet Arts in Croton-on-Hudson for ten years. An avid reader, cook and gardener, she started her blog EatsReadsThinks in 2010. She lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband and two children.

With her Fish Tales series, Laqueur has gone from choreographing dancers to choreographing words. Her goal is to create a new kind of emotionally-intelligent romance that appeals to all readers, crossing gender, age and genre. Visit her at http://suannelaqueurwrites.com. All feels welcome. And she always has coffee.

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An Exaltation of Larks by Suanne Laqueur – Release Day & Giveaway

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An Exaltation of Larks

Suanne Laqueur

Release Date: November 22, 2016

Synopsis

The paths of a married couple and a male escort cross in Suanne Laqueur’s fifth novel about the price of love.

“We’re so alike, you and I. It’s no wonder we kept finding each other.”

September 11, 1973: Eleven-year-old Alejandro Penda watches from his apartment window as Santiago, Chile falls to a military coup, destroying his family and his childhood. Arriving alone in America, he’s taken in by the Larks: a prominent family in the town of Guelisten. Though burdened by unresolved grief for his disappeared parents, he becomes fiercely loyal to the Larks, eventually marrying one of their daughters, Valerie.

September 11, 2001: Javier Landes watches from his apartment window as New York City falls to terrorism. As one of Manhattan’s top-paid male escorts, this professional lover has never lacked for company and is loyal only to himself. But in the wake of 9/11, Jav is named guardian for an orphaned nephew in Guelisten and must open his carefully-guarded heart to pain he’s long suppressed.

Alex, Valerie and Jav meet first in their twenties, with a sudden attraction each finds strange and compelling. When they meet again in their forties, they discover not only is their bond still strong, but their life experiences are strangely similar. All have been shaped by separate 9/11’s, and their unfinished business from the past will change everything they know about love, loyalty and friendship.

“Life has rules. You cannot come in the middle of the night and take what we agreed isn’t yours.”

Across three decades and two continents, An Exaltation of Larks explores the unpredictability of sexual attraction, how family ties are forged, torn and mended, and how love’s downfall can turn to exaltation.

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Suanne Laqueur’s debut novel The Man I Love and its follow-up, Give Me Your Answer True, won gold medals in the 2015 and 2016 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. Both were finalists in the 2015 and 2016 Kindle Book Awards, and Laqueur was named a gold medal Debut Author with Feathered Quill Book Reviews.

Laqueur graduated from Alfred University with a double major in dance and theater, and taught at the Carol Bierman School of Ballet Arts in Croton-on-Hudson for ten years. An avid reader, cook and gardener, she started her blog EatsReadsThinks in 2010. She lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband and two children.

With her Fish Tales series, Laqueur has gone from choreographing dancers to choreographing words. Her goal is to create a new kind of emotionally-intelligent romance that appeals to all readers, crossing gender, age and genre. Visit her at http://suannelaqueurwrites.com. All feels welcome. And she always has coffee.

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An Exaltation of Larks by Suanne Laqueur

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5 out of 5 Stars

*I was provided a copy of An Exaltation of Larks by the author in exchange for an honest review. I am not compensated for my honest opinion.*

Alex Penda’s life is forever changed at the age of eleven, and though these changes will haunt him for years to come, he makes the best of it. A new country, new friends, ultimately a new family, and eventually a wife.

Valerie Lark comes from a prominent family in a quiet town, but Alex shakes up her world when she’s only twelve years old. They live their lives separately but connected until the time is right for them to be together.

Javier Landes is one of New York City’s top male escorts. Disowned from his family at the age of seventeen, Jav is unapologetic about the life he leads in order to make ends meet. He’s good at what he does, but love is no friend of Jav’s.

Lives cross paths and bonds are formed and strengthened. Everyone has something that shapes their life, and it dictates who we are and how we respond. An Exaltation of Larks follows the journeys of three seemingly different but strangely bonded people through life, love, hardships, and loyalty.

This novel takes you through three decades and across two continents, an intricately woven look at the lives of Alex, Valerie, and Jav. It’s an amazingly different type of story, showing us the events that formed the characters into who they become. Their lives intersect and diverge, but it’s in the divergence where the intersections make the most sense.

Ms. Laqueur’s fifth novel is a masterpiece of life. It’s brutally honest; life isn’t always pretty, and this author doesn’t withhold the ugly parts. Sometimes we make wrong decisions, but our mistakes are ours to own. The characters in this book are perfectly flawed—real human beings who have been molded by their circumstances and relationships. How they interact and the story they create made for one of the most fascinating books I’ve ever read.

Each main character is interesting in their own right, and there is no rooting for any one person to come out ahead. Life is not always filled with simple choices, and loving each character equally made it all the more heart-wrenching to witness their ups and downs. I was fully engaged in the world the author created, feeling like a fly on the wall in every scene. I laughed and cried right along with Alex, Val, and Jav.

And if the story of the three main characters isn’t enough, Ms. Laqueur has a way of incorporating secondary characters into the plot that makes you love them too and want to know more. If she were to write a book about any of the secondary characters in this book, I have no doubt I’d be hanging on every word of it just the same as I did with this book.

Suanne Laqueur is a must-read author, and this latest book is no exception. It deserves more than 5 stars.

An Exaltation of Larks will be released on November 22, 2016 but can be pre-ordered from your favorite retailer now. All of my reviews of Ms. Laqueur’s works can be found by selecting her name from the Author Spotlight tab.

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An Exaltation of Larks by Suanne Laqueur – Cover Reveal and Pre-Order

An Exaltation of Larks by Suanne Laqueur – Cover Reveal and Pre-Order

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“We’re so alike, you and I. It’s no wonder we kept finding each other.”

September 11, 1973: Eleven-year-old Alejandro Penda watches from his apartment window as Santiago, Chile falls to a military coup, destroying his family and his childhood. Arriving alone in America, he’s taken in by the Larks: a prominent family in the town of Guelisten. Though burdened by unresolved grief for his disappeared parents, he becomes fiercely loyal to the Larks, eventually marrying one of their daughters, Valerie.

September 11, 2001: Javier Landes watches from his apartment window as New York City falls to terrorism. As one of Manhattan’s top-paid male escorts, this professional lover has never lacked for company and is loyal only to himself. But in the wake of 9/11, Jav is named guardian for an orphaned nephew in Guelisten and must open his carefully-guarded heart to pain he’s long suppressed.

Alex, Valerie and Jav meet first in their twenties, with a sudden attraction each finds strange and compelling. When they meet again in their forties, they discover not only is their bond still strong, but their life experiences are strangely similar. All have been shaped by separate 9/11’s, and their unfinished business from the past will change everything they know about love, loyalty and friendship.

“Life has rules. You cannot come in the middle of the night and take what we agreed isn’t yours.”

Across three decades and two continents, Suanne Laqueur’s fifth novel explores the unpredictability of sexual attraction, how family ties are forged, torn and mended, and how love’s downfall can turn to exaltation.

An Exaltation of Larks will be available on January 5, 2017, but you can pre-order at your favorite retailers now!

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Suanne LaqueurAbout the Author:

Suanne Laqueur graduated from Alfred University with a double major in dance and theater. She taught at the Carol Bierman School of Ballet Arts in Croton-on-Hudson for ten years. An avid reader, cook and gardener, she started her blog EatsReadsThinks in 2010. Her debut novel, The Man I Love, won a gold medal in the 2015 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards and a gold medal for Best Debut Author from Feathered Quill Book Awards.

With her Fish Tales series, Laqueur has gone from choreographing dancers to choreographing words. Her goal is to create a new kind of emotionally-intelligent romance that appeals to the experience of all readers, crossing gender, age and genre.

Suanne lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband and two children.

Visit her at suannelaqueurwrites.com
Her Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/1TVNBrp
Follow her on Twitter @suannelqr
All feels welcome. And she always has coffee.

The Ones That Got Away (A Collection of Lost Fish Tales) by Suanne Laqueur

The Ones That Got Away (A Collection of Lost Fish Tales) by Suanne Laqueur

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5 out of 5 Stars

*I was provided a copy of The Ones That Got Away by the author in exchange for an honest review. I am not compensated for my honest opinion.*

Ever wonder what the process of writing is like for an author? How a book flows from the beginning stage to the final product? What goes through an author’s mind as they write? The Ones That Got Away gives you a perfect look into the changes a book, individual characters, and even entire plots go through before reaching its readers’ hands.

This book is not a straightforward novel in itself. In fact, this is the only book in The Fish Tales series that can’t be read on its own. In this fourth installment, Ms. Laqueur takes us on a journey from the beginning stages of the first book, through the evolution of the characters and plot, and even provides scenes from other characters’ points of view. It’s an eye-opening and amazing bonus for readers like myself who can’t get enough of these characters or the words Ms. Laqueur writes.

Even though this book breaks all traditions with its style of providing varying plots and different points of view, there wasn’t a single moment while reading it where I didn’t want it to just go on forever. We meet Erik when he was a football player and Daisy before she became Daisy, and this is interspersed with Ms. Laqueur’s personal comments about how the characters turned into who they were in the final version. We go from two shooters in the theater with no real purpose to James with his gun and his anger, yet we delve even deeper into James’ psyche with scenes between Will and James that were only alluded to in the first two books. We even find out more about Will’s guilt over the whole situation and the role he played in setting off the chain of events that ruined so many lives.

Speaking of Will … In all my reading, I’ve never met a secondary character I wanted so much more of until Will, and Ms. Laqueur delivers Will (and Lucky) in spades here. It takes great talent for an author to make her readers fall so in love with a character, provide that character’s entire story in a secondary plot line, yet still have readers clambering for more.

As usual, this book also brings great emotion. Even in alternate scenes—the “could have beens”—I was still left close to tears or in tears on many occasions, and not always in a sad way. Ms. Laqueur’s words just garner that kind of reaction, even when they aren’t part of a linear plot.

Bottom line, if you’re a fan of The Fish Tales, you won’t want to miss this book. And if you’re not? What are you waiting for? Start with The Man I Love. You won’t be sorry.

All of my reviews of Ms. Laqueur’s books can be found by selecting her name from the Author Spotlight tab at the top of the page.

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The Ones That Got Away (A Collection of Lost Fish Tales) by Suanne Laqueur – Release Day

The Ones That Got Away (A Collection of Lost Fish Tales) by Suanne Laqueur

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Plenty of fish in the sea. But none like the ones that got away.

Author Suanne Laqueur gives her readers an intimate, guided tour of the award-winning novel, The Man I Love. From the embryonic chapters written over twenty years ago to scenes cut from the final draft, you’ll witness the crafting of an emotional journey and the evolution of the beloved characters within The Fish Tales.

Includes never-before-seen material and an excerpt from Laqueur’s next novel, An Exaltation of Larks.

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Suanne Laqueur

Suanne Laqueur graduated from Alfred University with a double major in dance and theater. She taught at the Carol Bierman School of Ballet Arts in Croton-on-Hudson for ten years. An avid reader, cook and gardener, she started her blog EatsReadsThinks in 2010. Her debut novel, The Man I Love, won a gold medal in the 2015 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards and a gold medal for Best Debut Author from Feathered Quill Book Awards.

With her Fish Tales series, Laqueur has gone from choreographing dancers to choreographing words. Her goal is to create a new kind of emotionally-intelligent romance that appeals to the emotions of all readers, crossing gender, age and genre.

Suanne lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband and two children.
Visit her at suannelaqueurwrites.com
Her Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/1TVNBrp
Follow her on Twitter @suannelqr

The Fish Tales by Suanne Laqueur – Series Sale

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The Fish Tales by Suanne Laqueur

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Grab these now at this amazing price! If you haven’t read my reviews, these are 3 of my absolute favorite books. My reviews can be found by selecting Suanne Laqueur under the Author Spotlight tab. I can’t recommend these enough, and $0.99 each is a steal!

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Suanne Laqueur – Author Interview, Excerpt, and Giveaway

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Here to Stay is now available on Amazon!

In honor of the release of Here to Stay, the third book in The Fish Tales series, Rach Lawrence Books is proud to present our first author interview. With us today is the author of The Fish Tales, Suanne Laqueur.

RLB: Welcome, Suanne! Thanks for joining us. Can you tell us a little about yourself and what inspires you to write?

SLQR: I’m the daughter of a dancer and a translator which I guess is the perfect combination to make me a writer. I was a dance major in college and then I taught for ten years. I’ve since gone from choreographing bodies to choreographing words. I love to write stories from life. I love to take life’s little moments or big feelings and flesh them out into something people can connect with.

RLB: Who is your favorite author and what’s your favorite book?

SLQR: I can’t pick one favorite but I do have my gurus and certain books of theirs that are my bibles. I love Rumer Godden, in particular her novel In This House of Brede. That and Laurie Colwin’s book Family Happiness helped me discover what kind of writer I wanted to be. Stephen King’s Eyes of the Dragon taught me about storytelling. Catherynne M. Valente’s Fairyland series showed me how to make everything in a story come alive. I also love Philip Pullman, Neil Gaiman, Ann Patchett and Joanne Harris.

RLB: What are the best and worst things about being an author?

SLQR: I can’t think of a worst thing except the pressure of having to come up with new material and the obsession with checking your sales graphs. The absolute best thing is getting fan mail. When a reader reaches out to you to tell them what your words meant to them. When they say your book changed them. Or your book made them think differently. There is nothing like that high. Connecting with readers, bloggers and other writers is the best. But I also must say that when I used my royalties to buy a new garage door, it was pretty cool as well.

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RLB: How did The Man I Love come about?

SLQR: It was a story about 23 years in the making. I created the characters in college but I just played with them like paper dolls. They had a lot of college-centric, sitcom scenes but no story arc. I came back to them in my late 20s and all that post-adolescent drama was boring to me, so I took the couple at the center of it all and began to write about them as adults. Except they weren’t together anymore. This was Erik and Daisy.

So I had material about them meeting. And then material about them being apart and reconciling. What happened in the middle? I didn’t get an idea for that until 2013, when I was in my mid-40s. All at once I felt it was time and I made a very sudden decision to give this couple an arc and finish this book. I started writing in earnest in November 2013, published in June of 2014 and have never once regretted it.

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RLB: What made you write the second book, Give Me Your Answer True? How did you make the same time period from another character’s perspective different and interesting?

SLQR: I was all set to write a sequel. Or rather, a prequel. Perhaps a bit of both. But something kept happening whenever I sat down to write about Erik’s past or future: Daisy kept tapping me on the shoulder with something to say.

I realized I’d finished The Man I Love loving Erik, but not 100% sure Daisy deserved forgiveness. Not entirely clear on what had driven her to do what she did. I realized I didn’t know her as well as I knew Erik. And it soon became clear I wouldn’t and couldn’t write anything new about her and Erik and their “new normal” until I’d dug deeper into Daisy as a character in her own right. I needed to find her voice.

The challenge with this alternate-POV was to avoid a play-by-play rehash of what readers already knew. The story wouldn’t become fresh until Daisy and Erik parted ways and the reader followed her path. I avoided the rehash by writing the rehash. Sounds weird, right? But I figured it was better to have too much material and cut, rather than not have enough and write in panic mode. So I wrote EVERYTHING from Daisy’s side, and then I ruthlessly chopped what served no purpose. If I kept a scene that had already been told, I made sure it was only because the reader learned something new by seeing it from Daisy’s eyes.

I also played around with time in Give Me Your Answer True. I’m not a huge fan of flashbacks or books that jump around in time, so I wrote The Man I Love in a strict linear fashion. Start at the beginning, tell the story. With Daisy’s story, the readers already knew the ending, so I could jump back and forth between past and present. I also used Daisy’s therapy sessions, her letters and her newspaper articles as a vehicle to jump large stretches of time while maintaining a narrative.

RLB: Is Here to Stay the last we’ll read from these characters?

SLQR: For the time being. I do have an idea for a fourth book which is a prequel telling Erik’s family story. But now it’s time to peel my fingers off The Fish Tales and see what other people are living in my head. It’s time to do something that scares me.

RLB: Are you working on anything at the moment?

SLQR: Yes. I’m not sure exactly what but so far it involves a town called Guelisten and a family called Lark. A drugstore soda fountain, dollhouses and treehouses. A dressmaker, a journalist and a massage therapist. A used bookstore, a tattoo parlor, slutty brownies and coffee. I really don’t know where I’m going with this. It’s the first book I’ll ever think up from nothing and not take 20 years to finish. So come back in a few months. Did I mention it’s time to do something that scares me?

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RLB: Anything else you’d like to share with us?

SLQR: It’s never too late to follow a dream or reinvent yourself. You have everything to gain and nothing to lose by trying. Try something new.

As Elizabeth Gilbert says, “Done is better than perfect.”

And as my friend Ami says, “Not everything has to be a thing.”

RLB: Thanks for taking time for the readers at Rach Lawrence Books!

Suanne Laqueur

Suanne Laqueur’s debut novel The Man I Love won a gold medal in the 2015 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. Its other accolades include the 2015 Beverly Hills Book Award, a gold medal at the 2015 eLit Awards, and is a current finalist in the 2015 Kindle Book Awards.

Laqueur graduated from Alfred University with a double major in dance and theater. She taught at the Carol Bierman School of Ballet Arts in Croton-on-Hudson for ten years. An avid reader, cook and gardener, she started her blog EatsReadsThinks in 2010. She lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband and two children.

With The Man I Love and its companion novel, Give Me Your Answer True, Laqueur has gone from choreographing dancers to choreographing words. Her goal is to create a new kind of emotionally-intelligent romance that appeals to the emotions of all readers, crossing gender, age and genre.

You can find Suanne Laqueur at:

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Rach Lawrence Books Reviews of The Fish Tales

The Man I Love

Give Me Your Answer True

Here To Stay

Excerpt from Here to Stay:

It’s a strange thing to find a lost lover in your hands again. Like finding your childhood baseball glove in an attic box of memories. You’re sure it won’t fit. But the heat of your palm, a flex and a bend. A cautious knead of the leather and a tentative reach into the furthest recesses… It knows you. It remembers you.

It fits you.

“Do I feel the same?” Daisy asked, her voice a silken caress.

After twelve years, Erik thought, of course not. He had loved a girl. It was a woman’s body up against him now, with the heft of wisdom and the weight of experience. He ran his fingers up her backbone and felt all the bits of new fused steel, overlaid with the strong assurance in her muscles and the soft aplomb of her skin. She was a hundred times more beautiful. A thousand times more thrilling.

And as her blue-green eyes stared into his, he was keenly aware of her vulnerability.

“You feel more,” he said, his hands moving along her body, trying to remember how she felt when he last touched her. Thin. Beyond ballerina thin—she was drugged thin at the end of their days in college. Yet beautiful to him. Never anything but stunningly easy on his eyes and liquid in his embrace and sweet in his mouth.

“You feel right,” she said, her own hands gliding along his limbs, in and out of him. “Maybe a little thinner.”

“I probably am. I lost and gained weight over and over. Depending on how I was feeling at the time. When the dark times came around, I’d stop eating.”

“I know, but…” Her delicate, arched eyebrows flickered in her brow. “I think over the years, in my head, I made you bigger than you were. Or maybe I beat myself down into something smaller. But now I remember your body. I remember mine with it.”

She was kissing him, pulling him to roll on top of her again. The digital clock on her bedside table read 2:06 in the morning. They had been going at it like possessed demons for hours now and no matter how tight he held or how hard he clung, Erik could not get both arms around making love to her. Too much feeling grabbed at him, clamoring for attention and precedence. Euphoria, lust, guilt and sadness were four wild stallions chained to each limb, intent on tearing him apart. Yet at the center of the jerking, pulling emotion, his heart was calm and accepting. Quietly riding out the storm, safe in the knowledge he was living his truth, living the life he was born to live.

“Don’t leave me,” she whispered under him.

“I can’t,” he said. “I’d never breathe again.”

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Here to Stay (The Fish Tales Book 3) by Suanne Laqueur

Here to Stay (The Fish Tales Book 3) by Suanne Laqueur

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5 out of 5 Stars

*I was provided an ARC of Here to Stay by the author in exchange for an honest review. I am not compensated for my honest opinion.*

After a twelve-year estrangement, Erik Fiskare and Daisy Bianco are reunited and working on their relationship. But what looks like a happily ever after isn’t always so happy and perfect. The reason for their estrangement still needs to be dealt with, and both Erik and Daisy have unresolved heartache that rears its head when least expected. Erik also has to repair his relationship with his best friend who he hasn’t spoken to in years.

At the same time, Erik begins a journey of self-discovery when family he didn’t know existed suddenly presents itself to him. After being abandoned by his father as a child, Erik doesn’t know if he has it in his heart to forgive the man he so resembles, but learning more about him through family members sets him on a path of understanding. As Erik learns who he really is, he’ll also discover what will truly make him happy in his relationship with Daisy. But they’ll face some struggles before they can grasp that brass ring.

Here to Stay is book three in The Fish Tales series, and I loved every word of it as much as I loved the first two books. Although you will understand the gist of the story without reading The Man I Love or Give Me Your Answer True, it is best to have read one of these companion novels first. You won’t be sorry if you do. Here to Stay picks up right where the first two novels leave off, with Erik and Daisy reconciling after twelve years of being apart.

And they lived happily ever after, right? Well, life doesn’t always work that way, and Ms. Laqueur has a way of weaving a realistic tale that grips your heart and squeezes it tight before releasing it and allowing you to breathe again. The story of Erik’s journey provides a lifelike look at friendships being repaired and how love can hurt because real people have real problems.

All of the characters from the first two books make a reappearance in this story, and characterizations are true to form. Everything I loved about Erik and Daisy, and Will and Lucky, is brought out in vivid detail. The friendship between Erik and Will, although needing some mending, is one of the truest friendships I’ve ever read. What’s love if you can’t share the joy with someone who gets you, and the heartache too? Both men recognize the uniqueness of their relationship and embrace it, allowing the other to take on some of their burden when the load becomes too heavy to carry. Although Will and Lucky are technically secondary characters, they are well-developed and in the forefront of the story, adding depth to each interaction.

The entire book is packed with emotion. Even while cheering on Erik and Daisy’s relationship, their arguments are a necessary evil. Twelve years of estrangement doesn’t just vanish from your heart, and old, buried issues surface when least expected. But the way the characters handle these issues is what counts, and Erik and Daisy are now older and wiser, having lived through countless struggles and made it out the other side. They’re more mature and better equipped to handle whatever pops up, and watching them from a reader’s perspective is gripping.

I tend to get bored with series and reading about the same characters, but there is not a boring moment to be found in any of the three books of The Fish Tales. There are not enough stars to show my appreciation for the words Ms. Laqueur writes. I love these characters, and I have a feeling I’d love anything else written by this author.

Here to Stay will be available on January 14, 2016. My reviews of The Man I Love and Give Me Your Answer True can be found by selecting Suanne Laqueur from the Author Spotlight tab. Each book is on sale for $0.99 through December 20, 2015.

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Happy reading!

Rach