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The Man I Love (The Fish Tales #1)

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“Like it or not, she made you the man you are. And you never got over her. You just left.”

The man is Erik “Fish” Fiskare, a student of technical theatre at a Philadelphia university. At twenty-two, he is the lover and soul mate of Daisy Bianco, a beautiful and talented ballerina. His best friend is William Kaeger, Daisy’s charismatic, free-spirited partner.

While deeply in
Paperback, First, 483 pages
Published June 16th 2014 by Cathedral Rock Press
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Suanne Laqueur TMIL can be a standalone, or you can continue to books 2 and 3. You could even read GMYAT as a standalone, then go back to TMIL.. HTS probably…moreTMIL can be a standalone, or you can continue to books 2 and 3. You could even read GMYAT as a standalone, then go back to TMIL.. HTS probably wouldn't make much sense without having read at least one of the other two. Personally, I hope you'll read them all (less)
Suanne Laqueur Short answer: Right!

Long answer: Erik is born October 23, 1970. When he meets Daisy in November of 1989, he has just turned 19. Daisy is born December…more
Short answer: Right!

Long answer: Erik is born October 23, 1970. When he meets Daisy in November of 1989, he has just turned 19. Daisy is born December 15, 1971 and is about to turn 18 when she meets Erik.

James arrives the fall of 1991. Erik and Daisy celebrate their two-year anniversary and Daisy's 20th birthday in the chapter "Cathedral."

The shooting is 4 months later—April 19, 1992. Erik is 21 and Daisy is 20.

The book ends in December 2005—Erik is 35 and it's the day before Daisy's 34th birthday. (less)
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After reading 'An Exhaltation of Larks', I knew that I wanted to read every book written by Ms. Suanne Laqueur. Her writing is exquisite. The stories and characters that she brings to life are raw and emotional, heartbreaking and inspiring. I've definitely gone a little "fangirl" where she is concerned!

'The Man I Love' tells the story of a close-knit group of friends at Lancaster University. In many ways it is a coming of age story, set against the backdrop of a terrible tragedy. They were young
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::: FULL REVIEW NOW POSTED ::: 4.5 stars!!!

“She had my heart. I gave her my soul."

I was blown away by this book! It was a refreshingly unique story and the writing was exquisite. Vivid, powerful, and enthralling. The story was very slow-building, and meticulously detailed, but every single detail mattered. Everything was connected and had depth, but it didn’t follow any rules. Normally that would honestly be scary for me, but with the way that everything was portrayed, I felt
Danielle ❤️ Pretty Mess Reading ❤️
*****4.75 STARS*****

My poor soul...


Just Wow!

I need to find my words. I’ve officially lost my words…

This book is told from the 3rd person but it is all from Erik, our hero.

Erik is a guarded person who just like everyone else wants to be loved and adored although it was never too show how to accomplish that. After his father leaving without a word when he was 8 years old, Erik built an invisible wall around his heart. He was open to letting those walls down one day when he came across the righ

Title: The Man I Love
Series: The Fish Tales #1
Author: Suanne Laqueur
Release date: June 16, 2014
Cliffhanger: Yes
HEA(view spoiler)

Of all the books I have ever read, this may be the absolute hardest for me to sit down and review. There are books that you finish and you're speechless because you can't seem to find anything to talk about. And then there are books like these that make you speechless for a whole other reason. The feelings of inadequacy and the inability to share th
~5 Flawless Stars~


"Dancers live in light as fish live in water."- Jean Rosenthal

Every once in a while you come across a book that speaks to your soul and it irrevocably changes you. The Man I Love is one of those reads. From the first word on the first page, I was swept into another world. A world not much different from our own. A world where a boy and girl fall in love. A world where violence sweeps in and infects all of the goodness that exists between two souls. A world where they have to fi
Ⓐlleskelle - teamSøren♗ ⊲I like big b00ks⊳
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Some seek the limelight and some hold the light in place.

Suanne Laqueur being the latest. This book will stay for a long time with me. And it definitely deserves the first place on my shelves.
I have set you in my presence forever. I uphold you. You’re in my skin. And I’m not leaving.

It’s for experiences like these that I’m grateful for the romance book community. One day I stumbled upon a friend’s review of The Man I Love by Suanne Laqueur and I knew this book could p


I am a little speechless after experiencing this story. And I say 'experience' instead of 'read' purposely. Because this isn’t a story you sit down and just read. No, no. This is a book that consumes you, that works its way into your mind and makes you feel every single thing the characters feel.

This is not just a story. This is a tale. A saga. A lifelong journey. This is fucking incredible.

This is not fiction. It can't be. The story and characters felt SO damn real, so complex, that I felt
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
"Some seek the limelight, and some hold the light in place." Well. My. Gracious. Sakes!!! This is just the first sentence of the first chapter, and from word one I was "fishy, fishy" hooked and completely wrapped up in this captivating, gorgeously written masterpiece. Desiring to be totally engaged and immersed in every conversation, every raw emotion, and in every scene these hauntingly esquisite characters were involved, I found myself morphing into the proverbial "fly on the wall". So, please ...more
Suanne Laqueur
Jul 09, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I just want to take a few minutes to say something about the Audible version of The Man I Love, which I finished listening to yesterday. I'm not a huge audible book fan, I find my attention wanders. And the thought of listening to someone else reading my words kind of freaked me out. Especially when they'd get to the sexy parts. I'd shriek and run away, too weird, TOO WEIRD!!!

But curiosity got the better of me, so I listened. And kept listening. Soon, I couldn't stop listening. I had it going in
Jan 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Love, life, and theatre, has its ups and downs. Erik and Daisy's love relationship ....and their supporting friends, with all their tragedies, keep this story elevating.
This is not my typical read. I'm certainly not the target demographic but, I gave it a whirl.

*KAS*.....Thanks for the recommendation!!!!!

Jul 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Man I Love is not my usual kind of read, but my GR friend Bianca's enthusiasm for Suanne Laqueur's books made me curious so I decided to give this one a try when it became available on Netgalley. I'm glad I did; It made for a lovely lighter but emotionally engaging read. The narrative arc is a fairly traditional love story, but what made it original and engaging is that it was told from male protagonist Erik's perspective and that the characters -- including the men -- defied male/female ste ...more
Dec 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

Well, that was some journey. Jeepers. I did enjoy it. Why not 5 stars, I hear you ask? In the end there was just too much thrown at me and the ending felt very rushed. I would have loved an epilogue some months or years later. Yeah, yeah, Mo, you and your fucking epilogues.

I know my review might be a bit vague but I think you are better off going in blind on this one.

Perfect Peace

At some point you just gotta start living the truth of who you are and what you feel.

Roast nuts chesti

Fishy, fishy in the brook, what's Irene's new favorite book?

I won't bother leaving a 'proper' review for several reasons:

1. NOTHING I say will EVER do this author/book justice;

2. This author needs to be read by EVERYONE who craves originality;

3. This author's storytelling can only be described as 'life changing'.

I might add to this review when I can form a coherent sentence. In the meantime ... read this book! Read this author. If you are like me and A. value your reading time and B. want to EXP
♥ Jx PinkLady Reviews ♥


Suanne Laqueur creates the most spectacular friendships and beautiful relationships..... She has the ability to blow worlds apart and rebuild whilst maintaining my rapt attention and investment. This story hurt so good. The angst is simply sublime. I cried and sobbed, felt despair and happiness. THE MAN I LOVED took me on a trajectory I did not expect and boy did I love. FULL REVIEW THOUGHTS TO COME

Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: epic-love-story
I was warned, dammit.

I was so not ready for this journey that took me up, brought me down, then crushed my feeble heart only to glue it back inside out.

Erik-Fish, I love you. Will, I love you. Daisy, I love you. I love you all. So, damn much. You have a special place in my heart, you you loveable trio you.

Erik, I forgive you for being so damn obtuse. Daisy, I forgive you, for breaking my and Fish’s heart. Will, well Will, I was so hopeful that you would kiss my boy Fish and I forgive you for n
Emma Scott
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Once, when I was in college, I had a date with a young gent and we tossed back a few too many cocktails before deciding to see Saving Private Ryan in the movie theatre. We got there late and had to sit about three rows back from the front. And then the invasion began.

If you recall this movie, the first ten minutes or so is the storming of the beach at Normandy. I had to watch it with one eye closed, sort of unable to process it all. Maybe that was the booze, but I think it was more the reality o
Sophie "Beware Of The Reader"
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Intense reading emotional triggers
More than 5 “huge triggers but outstanding writing” stars!

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A copy of this book has been kindly provided by the author via, in exchange for an honest review.

If you’re looking for a very emotional and intense story written from third point of view, I want to shout: “just give this book a chance!”.

I had never read anything by this author and never expected her to trigger such extreme and primal emotions in me.

It began all smooth charming and sweet with Erik’s childhood and later on hi
Robin Hill
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6 stars.

“Fishy, Fishy in the brook…I’m going to stab you and gut you and rip you apart with my dull, rusty, jagged little hook.”

Yeah I know. It’s brilliant. I made that one up myself. Suanne, feel free to use it.

I had to take a break before penning my thoughts because for one, I was busy sweeping my shattered heart up off the floor, and two…I’m not right.

I just re-read the blurb and it gives nothing away. Which surprises me because I knew the basic plot going in. I guess that was all the buzz
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I can't believe 1) I read this book, 2) enjoyed it and 3) am reviewing it. I don't read much fiction and usually only historical fiction. I definitely don't read chick books about dance and theater and hurty feely stuff. But my girlfriend was reading it and she was having some outpatient surgery. so I was in the waiting room, hungover with nothing to read. I had her bag, the book was in the bag and I started reading it out of boredom. I figured at best it would put me to sleep.

So I'm your typica
Dee Montoya
FIVE Heartbreaking Stars*****

This book simply blew my mind. I picked it up because I saw the high ratings on my feed and the great reviews by some of my friends, but I never expected it to be so intense, I couldn't put it down.The Man I Love shattered my heart and fed my soul, all in one read. I will never forget these characters and their beautiful story.

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This book wasn't just about one great thing, it was the perfect combination of many; love, tragedy, friendship, loss, self discovery, and ma
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, cr, published-2014
This isn't a new release so I don't feel the need to recap the plot line. I refer you to the hundreds of reviews below.

I want to focus on the skill and talent it took to weave this beautiful story. You will not find a lose string anywhere within these 485 pages.

You read that right. There are almost 500 pages of flawless writing. Pay attention to every little detail you read, because as innocuous as it may seem at the time, it will come back around to tie into a beautiful lovers' knot.

I don't thi
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
You ever start a book and think to yourself, this is going to be the book to change everything? Because of this book, my literary life will never be the same.

“How could he have imagined love was anything but a force which made you your most authentic being.”

The Man I Love takes place over a span of fifteen years. Erik Fiskare and Daisy Bianco meet while they both students are attending Lancaster University. Erik is in the theatre as a tech/stage hand, while Daisy is a beautiful and skilled danc
Melody Kimmons-Allen
Fishy Fish, in a brook...

Well, didn't I love this book? I think I did!!!

The Man I Love is a captivating journey into the world of performing arts. A beautiful depiction of passion and competition—set on stage. It follows closely the lives of Daisy Bianco, Erik (fish) Fiskare and their multitude of friends.

This was a journey unlike any other I've taken. Unapologetically, detailed, TMIL brings a story of love, dance, friendship, lust, drugs, sexuality and discovery of... Fish befriends this group
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
4 stars

What an emotional and heart-wrenching story.

The Man I Love by Suanne Laqueur was my first book by this author and I immediately had the feeling that this book would be very different.

Straightaway I noticed that Suanne Laqueur had an unique and amazing voice. Her writing ensnared me from the very first page. It was almost lyrical and poetic at times. The author was a master at writing down-to-earth characters that were complex and layered in the most riveting ways. I was swept up by the st
*The Angry Reader*
Jul 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Read the whole series! This book was lovely on its own, and it was just a beginning. Having finished all 3 and then gone back over my review - I can say that this love I had here was just a tiny wave on a huge ocean. I had no idea what I had ahead. ❤

Ok. First of all - the writing. Let's just take a moment to appreciate how well this was written. Beautiful. Moving. Thoughtful. The pacing was gorgeous. The beginning was detailed but that was important to the book. It set the stage fo
5 dancing stars

Finally, a book that has very high ratings and didn't disappoint. I probably won't be able to articulate very well how good this book was, because I haven't fully de-constructed what made it so fantastic.

The main characters of the book, Erik Fiskare and Daisy Bianco are very likable and incredibly well written.

The writing style is quite unique, in that it had a staccato rhythm to it, moving through Erik's childhood and teenage years and then expanding through the college years.


Stunning. Shocking. Heartbreaking. Harrowing. Profound. Powerful. Exquisite. Passionate.

April 17, 2015, I received a review request for THE MAN I LOVE. My schedule was full but I was intrigued by the blurb. I emailed the author letting her know I was not able to read it at the time but wanted to. Now, almost 1 and a half years later, I finally had the chance. And I am so glad I did.

There have been a few books over my life (including this year) which had a profound effect one me, this was one
Malene_D *BadAndDirtyBooks*
I'm staring at my iPad trying to find the exact right words to sum up how I feel after finishing The Man I Love. Well, first I had to splash some cold water on my face cause my eyes were swollen from crying, then I had to take a few breaths to gather my thoughts. I'm still having difficulty finding words. 

The Man I Love is unlike anything I've ever read before. I feel like I've gained four new friends in the form of Erik, Daisy, Will and Lucky. I've experienced writing like I've never experience
Lise *friends don't flag*
This was very good.
This was very well written.
This was beautifully descriptive.
This was very long.
.... and I wanted so much more, at the ending, but so glad I read it.

May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
Ah... another month, another successful buddy read. Our book club has *the best set* of challenges going this year, so far! Even if I am cutting it kind of close right now, being so late into the end of May here.

Seriously, bev's challenge idea for 12 of the more vocal members of Maryse's Book Blog to each pick a theme, one for every month for the whole of 2017, and then everyone can use those theme ideas... sometimes rather loosely, to try and knock a book or two, from their own personal TBR pil
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A former professional dancer and teacher, Suanne Laqueur has gone from choreographing music to choreographing words. Her goal is to create a new kind of emotionally-intelligent romance that appeals to the passions of all readers, crossing gender, age and genre.

Laqueur's debut novel The Man I Love won a gold medal in the 2015 Readers' Favorite Book Awards and was named Best Debut in the Feathered Q
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“She smiled back at him. Neither of them had said so much as hello yet she was looking at him with those eyes. Deep in the cathedral of his young being, Erik felt a bell toll, a peal of recognition. And for the rest of his life, he would swear, he would swear to anyone who asked, although nothing was said aloud, he heard Daisy Bianco speak to him. She said it with her eyes, he heard it clearly in his head, and it wasn’t hello.
It was, 'Well, here you are...'
Here I am, he thought.”
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