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The Love of My (Other) Life

3.37  ·  Rating Details ·  116 Ratings  ·  81 Reviews
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.

Kindle Edition, 236 pages
Published January 31st 2013 by Parvati Press (first published January 29th 2013)
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Jan 20, 2013 Holly rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own, arc
Truth be told, I passed this book up when I was browsing Netgalley simply because I thought it was erotica and I was looking for something a little different-duh, look at the cover! This is the perfect example of NEVER judge a book by its cover!! So when I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review I actually took a look at the synopsis. It sounded really interesting and WOW was I glad I gave it a shot!

Most of the science/physics talk went right over this girls head but
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THE LOVE OF MY (OTHER) LIFE is a classic example of why you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover!

A fair comparison would be picking up a glass and chugging what you think is water only to find that it’s vodka! The cover makes me think “erotic, ” but what you really get is a sweet romance with an interesting storyline – although the lack of steam was surprising, it was enjoyable all the same. I was also please to find there is actually a reason behind such an erotic cover for a book that is more
Marcy Peskin-Larkin
Jan 16, 2013 Marcy Peskin-Larkin rated it it was amazing
"Five days, fours hours and 22 minutes" is the babbling of a stranger who suddenly appears everywhere in the messy life of Tessa. Twenty four hours is how long it took me to read this book. It is really that engrossing.

Tessa is creative, bohemian, empathetic and in trouble. Brian is floundering, unkempt, confusing and persistent.

You need not believe in parellel universes. You need not understand physics. You need not appreciate fine art. You need not ever been part of the audience at a classic
Jan 16, 2013 Jessica rated it it was amazing
I got this book as an ARC because it sounded really interesting. I read it and at first I was kind of skeptical about the book. But as the story continued, I was pulled into it and read the whole thing in one day.

Tessa gets divorced by her husband, she's broke and most likely going to be homeless. Until one day she steps out her house and a stranger named Brian runs into her. He throws himself into her life and all she wants is for him to leave. Come to find out, he's from a parallel universe wh
Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
Disclaimer: Received a free copy via netgalley.

Don't be fooled, the cover is nothing like the book.

I do think the premise is interesting and holds potential. The book itself falls flat to me. It felt cheesy and over the top. It was not for me.
A. Bookzilla.
Jan 23, 2013 A. Bookzilla. rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, clean-read
I liked the premise of this book so much, but the execution? Not so good. So it only gets 1.5 from me.

I'll start off by saying what I liked about it.

The other Brian - he was a great character. I liked that he could actually distinguish between two Tessas, but he was still such a man about it (and desperate, I think.) I loved him with the other Tessa, he was quirky and eccentric in a great way and I can definitely see why she loved him.

It wasn't very long, or at least it reads really fast, and th
Jan 21, 2013 meltem rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I have a confession to make. I've read fan-fiction. Not as much as it used to be but I still am. Most of them was erotica, and I liked them. But reading erotic fan-fictions made me loose my ability to read erotic novels. I don't know why but I can't stand reading steamy scenes in novels. So imagine my disappointment when I saw this cover and imagine my joy when I realized this book isn't an erotica. I shouldn’t have judge the book by its cover!

Tessa Barnum is a starving artist. Her husband left
Jan 18, 2013 Leslye rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This book is nerdy and artsy and quirky and funny and endearing. It's kind of like a mashup of The Big Bang Theory and a Miranda July movie. Or something. It probably won't be for everyone, but it was definitely for me.

Tessa is a big-hearted artist with some personal demons and a single digit checking account. Brian is a genius physicist from a parallel universe - of course she thinks he's a crazy homeless man, albeit one with a certain appeal. Their series of interactions is madcap and harebra
Traci Slatton
Jan 12, 2013 Traci Slatton rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Just in time for Valentine’s Day comes The Love Of My (Other) Life [Parvati Press], this year’s most charming – and bittersweet – romantic comedy novella.

The latest offering from critically acclaimed author and Yale and Columbia graduate Traci L. Slatton, The Love Of My (Other) Life follows the beguiling and uncompromising Tessa Barnum, a 30-something would-be painter struggling to find her rightful place in the city that never sleeps: the ever-bustling, always-magical backdrop of New York City.
Lauren at Live Read and Breathe Reviews
3.5 to 4 stars

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So it took me a bit to get into this book because it was a bit quirky but I ended up loving it. I laughed. I cried. It was like the mixture of the movie Sliding Doors meets the Big Bang theory.

It is also about the idea of possibility. I loved the concept of multiverse instead of universe. It left me with so many what if's.

I love that fact Tessa and Brian's love comes across in every realm and possibility.
Brandee Price
Jan 18, 2013 Brandee Price rated it really liked it
Wow! This was such a fun read! I have to say that I can't remember laughing so hard while simultaneously feeling kinda dumb. :) I mean, what's not to love about a story containing a time-traveling physicist who's constantly offering silly physics jokes?!? It was very entertaining despite my uneducated-ness in physics...and art...Hey, I was an English major, what can I say??

When we meet Tessa Barnum, she's a bit down on her luck. She's about to be evicted, she's been divorced for three years and
Artist, Tessa Barnum is broke and has the co-op board of her apartment building after her for outstanding payments of maintenance bills which she has let lapse since her husband left her years before. That’s the bad news! The good news is she has started painting again for the first time since the scandal and she really feels with her newly found enthusiasm for her work that she will be able to get herself back on her feet again, pay off her debts and recover from the disgrace she suffered in he ...more
Alisha-Dear Constant Reader
Feb 12, 2013 Alisha-Dear Constant Reader rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc, romance, scifi, meh, netgalley

This could have been a good book, but sadly, Tessa's character was so distracting, it was practically unreadable for me.

In The Love of My (Other) Life Tessa is a artist in her early 30s and graduate of Columbia University. She is being followed by Brian, a professor of physics who claims that she is his wife in a parallel world.

This was a fun premise, and Brian was done really well. His character reminded me of a character in The Big Bang Theory. When focusing on Brian's backstory, I was absolu
Douglas Meeks
Feb 06, 2013 Douglas Meeks rated it it was amazing
The Love of My (Other) LifeThe Love of My (Other) Life by Traci L. Slatton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Don't Be Fooled By The Cover - PG-13 Light Enjoyable Story with a Bit of Self Awakening

Brian was married to Tessa he says but in another alternate universe …. And so our story begins. This is a multi-layered story of romance and I guess self discovery plus throw in some old Science Fiction slightly reminiscent of The Time Machine and you have the making of a great romance.

The romance IS the main thrust of this short novel, ma
Jan 30, 2013 Erica rated it liked it
Recommends it for: science fiction fans, time travel fans
Recommended to Erica by: Net Galley
This is a new author for me, and based on what a friend of mine said about this book before she shelved it as DNF, I did not expect to like it at all. The first 60 pages or so are pretty hokey. But after you figure out what's happening and that this is real...and find out the reason why Brian bridged the ocean of another universe and alternate reality to get to Tessa, it's very touching and sweet and...sad. Tessa's life was irrevocably changed due to her experience of meeting the love of her oth ...more
Hazel G. (I ♥ Mancandy) *Craves the Angst Reviews* .
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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 orig
Jan 20, 2013 Cherryreads rated it it was ok
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 sho ...more
Shonna Froebel
I wasn't sure what to expect from this novel, but I got a lot. It was sexy, funny, quirky and totally enjoyable.
Tessa is behind in her maintenance payments on her coop in a big way, having trouble ever since the split from her husband. She works for very little money for a local church assisting seniors with all kinds of problems they have. But the church is also having money issues. On a positive note, after two years of not being able to produce any art, Tessa is back painting again, and the i
Kathie (katmom)
Jan 30, 2013 Kathie (katmom) rated it really liked it
This was fun. And rambly and cute.

It was a fast read, mainly because I had to know what happened! How could this end happily? I had to have that HEA, that's why I read books...and Ms. Slatton made it work.

Brian has come from an alternate least that's what he is saying. Tessa is skeptical. He says they are married in his universe, and she feels drawn to him, when she knows she shouldn't be.

There's a mystery about art and about whether Brian REALLY is from somewhere ELSE. There's p
Sharonda _Isadora
Jan 27, 2013 Sharonda _Isadora rated it really liked it
Review posted @ Salacious Reads.

Looking at the cover of this book, you would maybe think erotica...right? Maybe? I admit I did and yes I did read the blurb. There wasn't one erotic word in this story and I have to say that I was happy it wasn't.

What you get instead is a sweet romantic (and very often comedic) story of two people overcoming life's little hiccups and loss.

Tessa and Brian were a joy to read...two totally different people drawn together even in alternate universes. It was so funn
Jan 18, 2013 Nakeesha rated it it was ok
Shelves: didn-t-finish, arcs
I really enjoyed the premise of this book and the quirkiness of the characters, especially the duel 1st POV of the heroine and the 3rd POV of the hero. The premise is that Brian comes from a parallel universe to spend time with the love of his life, Tessa. Tessa's parts are written in first person as the reader needs to be skeptically right there with her as Brian, in his distant 3rd voice, tries to convince her of his far out tale of decoherence. The perspective shift was a very clever and apro ...more
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This book is a very good example of why you should not judge a book by its cover. This book cover makes you think that the book must be erotic, but really, it's a sweet romance with an interesting storyline.

This book was definitely a fun read.

And it really does make you as
Jan 28, 2013 Joshua rated it really liked it
Shelves: adv-readers-copy
This light-hearted romp through the lives of two damaged personalities - one who knows she's damaged, one who hasn't yet realized it - plays hard and fast with the idea of multiple dimensions. The story revolves around a scientist who is looking for his lost love and an artist who seems to have hit rock bottom. The plot plays well with the idea that people are not always what they seem, and our first impressions may in fact be colored by what we expect to find. At times sweet, infuriating, and l ...more
Alexis Nicole
Jan 18, 2013 Alexis Nicole rated it really liked it
This book definitely wasn't what I expected when I first began to read it a week ago. I honestly thought from the cover that this would be another erotic romance novel, but was pleasantly surprised that it was not. I honestly didn't understand the character of Brian at first. but the further along I read, his character and his purpose really grew on me.

I thought this book was going to be a slow read for me, but when i finally got the opportunity to get time to read, I flew thru the rest of the
Keisha McCollum
Jan 17, 2013 Keisha McCollum rated it really liked it
I love romances novels especially the ones that aren't the girl meets guy and they fall in love. The Love of My (Other) Life has a twist to a romantic story. The main character Tessa is an artist that is struggling with the way her current life is. One day she meets a man named Brian that says he knows her and is her husband. She has never met him yet feels a connection to him. The more he tells her things that he knows the more she thinks he is crazy.It makes the reader wonder how is the story ...more
Jan 17, 2013 Beckey rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
When I saw the book and read the summary it seemed like it would be a good read. I should say this book may not be for everyone.
With the mix of artiness, geeky nerd, quirky characters and part sci-fi in the book. It was one that was, in my opinion, a great book to read.
It reminded me of Big Bang Nerdiness (yes, I know made up word) meets Quantum Leap (or Voyager-for those of us who were raised in the 1980’s) …
I should note that cover can be deceiving, this FAR from being an erotica. The book is
Feb 12, 2013 Cinzia rated it it was ok

Reading this book left me a little puzzled, especially after seeing some much higher rating from various sites. Let's say, maybe I'm not really good to appreciate it fully....
Tessa Barnum is a young woman in a very difficult time of her life: she's recovering from the failure of her marriage, a painter who has just passed years where she had abandoned his art and has big economic problems. This doesn't change the fact of being a woman with a big heart, devoted to help others and perhaps this is
Full review here at Once Upon a Story

The Love of my Other Life is a “time” story. For those of you who’ve read my past reviews, you’d know that time-related stories are catnip to me—I adore them. This one is no different. Teresa is a 34-year old woman who has reached the lowest point of her life and has now decided to redeem herself, starting with her Charity Work at church. She wants to help Fr. And her elderly friends to get more funds. I immediately liked Teresa because she was relatable. I s
Aug 24, 2013 Marlene rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

Somewhere in the multi-verse, Schrödinger’s Cat is alive. And so is Dr. Brian Tennyson’s wife.

Tessa Barnum simply went down what Terry Pratchett calls the “other leg of the trousers of time” and didn’t become his wife. She also didn’t die of cancer. Brian spends much too much of his time, his money, and his genius inventing a machine that can solve all the quantum theory paradoxes involved in traveling from one parallel universe to another. Just a visit. So
Mar 31, 2013 K.M. rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
ARC was provided by Parvati Press via NetGalley in return for an honest review. This was a quick enjoyable read for me. But being honest, I thought it fell short of it's full potential. As other reviewers have noted, this book had a great premise.

What Liked:
1. Sci-fi. I will say that I adored the sci-fi element of "The Love of My (Other) Life" sheerly because I haven't read many sci-fi/fantasy romances that don't include aliens, vampires, and werewolves. A nice departure from the typical sci-f
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Traci L. Slatton, author of FALLEN and COLD LIGHT, is a graduate of Yale and Columbia. She lives in Manhattan, and her love for Renaissance Italy inspired her historical novel IMMORTAL and her contemporary vampire art history mystery THE BOTTICELLI AFFAIR. FALLEN is the first in a romantic trilogy set during the end times; COLD LIGHT and FAR SHORE further the dystopian tale. DANCING IN THE TABERNA ...more
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“See ya,” I said and turned to hightail it. “Wait!” he grabbed my arm. “Don’t you have a faint sense, a vague feeling, that we’ve met before?” “Nope,” I lied, warily. “You must,” he said. “Because reality is non-local, and once two particles have interacted, they’re forever intimately connected in some way.” 2 likes
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