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The Romantic is a love story about friendship, passion, and the echo of unrequited love.

Hadriel Alighieri has harbored a secret love in his heart for his entire life. It began in his youth, when he fell in love with his best friend, Sophia Paula. After Sophia leaves for America and is later betrothed to Joshua Abrams, Hadriel is devastated, but he is a hopeless
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Paperback, First, 300 pages
Published August 29th 2014 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing (first published August 11th 2014)
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Felix Alexander
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
“The Romantic” is an intelligent, poignant novel about romantic love, missed chances, and a life lived in search of the happiness that comes from finding one’s other half.

Hadriel Alighieri is struck by Sophia Paula’s beauty the moment he sees her—though he’s only twelve years old, it’s love at first sight. When Sophia’s father asks Hadriel to teach Sophia to play the piano, Hadriel jumps at the chance, and over the next six years the two become best friends. Hadriel harbors his deeper feelings
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Sebnem Sanders
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If you like Gabriel Garcia Marquez or Isabel Allende, you must read this beautiful story about the unrequited love Hadriel has for Sophia Paula ever since the age of twelve. They become friends, best friends; Hadriel falls for her, yet she goes away the moment he pronounces love and he loves her for a lifetime.

From the delightful setting of Santa Lucia, in South America, to El Norte, Chicago, in the States, Hadriel carries his broken heart, yet fulfils other dreams.

Felix
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Marsha Jones
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The writer's style is elegant. His voice is confident. The hook makes a promise, and the story delivers.

I can't help but wonder if the style is unique among Latin American authors, because the comparisons to Isabel Allende, Gabo, and Coelho are consistent among other reviews.

The Romantic is wonderfully written with descriptive passages, and insightful views on love. The theme of unrequited love, unbridled passion, and "what if we were meant to be?" is captured perfectly i
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Ebook Planet
Aug 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The Romantic is a story that is more original than the title would suggest. The protagonist, Hadriel, is on his deathbed when he travels back to the time his unrequited love for Sophia began. He met the object of his affection at the age of twelve, and has never been able to forget her. Now he has the chance to restart a journey that takes him from Santa Lucia to Chicago. On his way he learns important lessons about himself and the world, but the one question that matters is: Will he get the gir
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Annie
Sep 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
My first ever e-book!! Im not a fan of e-books however I had the privilege of being selected to read this book to give an honest review.. So to be honest.. The best way to describe this story is.. elegant.. well written about a young friendship that develops into an adult love, not a typical cheesy love story, it's a romance story with deep meaning.. A great read.. Thankyou Booktips and Author Felix Alexander!!!
Kirstie Bryant
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
There are a handful errors/typos that Mr. Alexander’s editor should have caught. They don’t really distract from the story but were irksome. I was told that this book was along the lines of A Winter’s Tale, but as I couldn’t finish reading that over dramatic book I wasn’t sure what to expect; I didn’t even read the summary. I knew from the title it would be a romance, but I expected it to be the same run of the mill love story that I am used to, and I do like romances.

I could talk ab
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George
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where does one begin to describe this hidden gem?

First, the writing. Short, tight, concise sentences. The author displays a mastery of the written word with his ability to elicit emotions without frills. Although his style is not often seen in contemporary romance, the rhythms and cadence of his writing allows for the words to flow off the page quite naturally.

I keep seeing comparisons to Garcia Marquez, and although this writer has a ways to go before he should be worthy
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George
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Where does one begin to describe this hidden gem?

First, the writing. Short, tight, concise sentences. The author displays a mastery of the written word with his ability to elicit emotions without frills. Although his style is not often seen in contemporary romance, the rhythms and cadence of his writing allows for the words to flow off the page quite naturally.

I keep seeing comparisons to Garcia Marquez, and although this writer has a ways to go before he should be worthy
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Hannah
Oct 30, 2015 rated it liked it
I was given this for free in exchange for a review, it's not something I would normally pick. However I was pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed it. It was written really well and the language was beautiful.

I found the premise of Hadriel talking to the angel of death really interesting and just think it was a shame this wasn't visited more throughout the book. You only hear from them a few times, it is mainly at the beginning and end.

Considering the main character of the book is meant to be
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Marsha Jones
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The writer's style is elegant. His voice is confident. The hook makes a promise, and the story delivers.

I can't help but wonder if the style is unique among Latin American authors, because the comparisons to Isabel Allende, Gabo, and Coelho are consistent among other reviews.

The Romantic is wonderfully written with descriptive passages, and insightful views on love. The theme of unrequited love, unbridled passion, and "what if we were meant to be?" is captured perfectly i
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Niknak71
Oct 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
What a wonderful book! Considering I don't like romances as a rule but I loved this! I loved how the story was written over a lifetime which meant the characters could and were developed so deeply with a real complexity. Which meant you could get to know the characters on a much deeper, more personal level than writer's can always achieve. I found myself really rooting for poor Hadriel and I kept thinking yes! This is it................. only for him to be let down and hurt again. The story and ...more
Deanna
Sep 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Romance novels are one of my least favorite genres; only because, I've tried to read them in the past, and became bored with them. I would lay them aside, not even halfway in, regretting only that I could not finish what I'd started.
I took a chance on this book, as it was being offered for free. I was very, very skeptical. It had a bit of a slow start, but, that pace sped up quickly. I read large chunks at a time. The best thing for me, is that I became an onlooker, as it were, away from r
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Deanna
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Romance novels are one of my least favorite genres; only because, I've tried to read them in the past, and became bored with them. I would lay them aside, not even halfway in, regretting only that I could not finish what I'd started.
I took a chance on this book, as it was being offered for free. I was very, very skeptical. I had a bit of a slow start, but, that pace sped up quickly. I read large chunks at a time. The best thing for me, is that I became an onlooker, as it were, away from re
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Sleepy  Bookworm
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Romantic is a story that is more original than the title would suggest. The protagonist, Hadriel, is on his deathbed when he travels back to the time his unrequited love for Sophia began. He met the object of his affection at the age of twelve, and has never been able to forget her. Now he has the chance to restart a journey that takes him from Santa Lucia to Chicago. On his way he learns important lessons about himself and the world, but the one question that matters is: Will he get the gir ...more
Ariana Fae
Apr 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Romantic by Felix Alexander is a departure from the usual genre I love to read in. I was pleasantly surprised by this memorizing story about love. You can tell the author is true poet at heart by his prose, use of imagery and how he writes about love and the human heart.

Hadriel, the protagonist, is a man cursed to love women who can’t reciprocate his amour is an interesting character. Through his eyes, and the women he loves, we see love in all its facets, the sacrifices, stupidities and sh
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Must-have
Oct 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"The Romantic" was nothing like I would thought it would be, but I still totally loved it! Besides being romantic it had a dark side to it that made it so hard for me to put down. Future readers will definitely not be disappointed. From the very beginning, I was in suspense and wanted to know what happen to Hadriel and Sophia and why they weren't together. As a poet, I also really appreciate the poetic flow of the book too. It was just as beautiful and unique as the story. I read a lot of Romanc ...more
Kimberly Westrope
The first few pages and the last few pages of this book pretty much tell the whole story. What is in between is a rambling story that jumps all over the place. The writing is often hard to follow as the author uses periods in place of commas, many incomplete sentences, and the odd, random “dictionary” words which detract from rather than add to the story. This book needs some editing, for sure. Then, perhaps, it would be worth taking the time to read. I couldn’t make it through the whole thing a ...more
Jewel Hart
Dec 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent romantic story. Very poetic and lyrical. I loved it and highly recommend it!
N.N. Light
Love, in its purest form, is what binds us to this world.

The Romantic opens with the Angel of Death coming for Hadriel and his one thought is finding the love of his life, Sophia. He yearns to be with her and the mood instantly changes to one of heartbreak and pain, pain that only comes when you are apart from your soul mate.

So the journey begins and as Hadriel moves through his life memories, we get an intimate view of Hadriel’s romantic soul and his search for love. He
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Patricia Romero
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I don't read Romance novels. Ever. I think watching my mom and her friends exchange bags of Harlequin Romance books every month turned me off. And as I got older, reading them was just to kitchy. When I saw the cover of this book, I was hesitant. After the first couple of pages, I was not. This book is labeled a romance, but it is so much more than that. The characters become the best of friends as children and as that friendship grows into love for Hadriel Alighgieri, he is reluctant to profes ...more
Joan
Jan 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Does unrequited love never receive solace?

The Romantic,A Love Story
By Felix Alexander

4 stars
Does unrequited love never receive solace?

This plot is a love story about friendship, passion, and the echo of unrequited love. Hadriel Alighieri has harbored a secret love in his heart for his entire life when he at age 12 fell in love with his best friend Sophia. But as a young adult, Sophia leaves for America and falls in love with Joshua Abrams. They are
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Waynearick2
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was a story that gripped my heart each page I read. The unending love that Hadriel has for his childhood sweetheart is something that all people have experienced. The puppy love is wonderful to experience and this book allowed me to re-experience that again through Hadriel. The story takes us from South America to the USA and keeps us engaged every word on the way. Mr. Alexander has proven that the end of our life is still an opportunity for us to revisit and explore the world still. T ...more
Samantha Dean
Sep 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Readers of literary romance.
Strictly Magical. When I initially started this book I thought I was not going to like it simply because I'm more of a Mystery, magical world, sci-fi reader but when this book was recommended to me and I started the first chapter, I fell in love with it! I didn't want to put it down. It was one of those books that made you get up in the middle of the night wondering what was going to happen next! And you had to lose sleep over it to find out. If you're looking for a book that's going to lift you ...more
Gina's Library
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I love reading romance novels. I did even before I was married and happily in love. They would give me the hopes and dreams of finding love for myself someday.

Hadriel has an undying love for Sophia that we all dream of. He has loved her for as long as he can remember. While on his deathbed he revisits his life and the love he has for Sophia.

This is a great book to curl up with on a cold winter’s day. You can get lost in the story and feel comfort.

I received this book for
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Maday Dearmas
Dec 31, 2015 rated it liked it
The writing and pace of this book was excellent but with that being said I have to say I didn't like this book much. When I started reading this book I thought it was set in the late 1800's or early 1900's that is until Hadriel said that Sophia's favorite movie was "Coming to America ". Hadriel was supposed to be this well read, poetic young man but he just seemed so pathetic. He whined from the beginning to end,literally. He fell in love with Celeste his best friends girlfriend and allowed him ...more
Gina's Library
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love reading romance novels. I did even before I was married and happily in love. They would give me the hopes and dreams of finding love for myself someday.

Hadriel has an undying love for Sophia that we all dream of. He has loved her for as long as he can remember. While on his deathbed he revisits his life and the love he has for Sophia.

This is a great book to curl up with on a cold winter’s day. You can get lost in the story and feel comfort.

I received this book for
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Linda Doyle
Aug 19, 2016 rated it liked it
I wasn't surprised to discover that Felix Alexander is not only a novelist but a poet as well. His poetic writing style is the best thing about this novel. I also liked reading about the topic of love from a male perspective. However, the will-they-or-won't-they plot ran too long for me.
Joan
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Felix Alexander (1976-Present) is a Mexican-born, American-raised novelist, and poet of Mexican and Puerto Rican descent.

Acclaimed by readers for his poetic prose, his indie releases include:

* Dear Love: Diary of a Man's Desire, a collection of love letters and poems
* The Romantic: A Love Story
* Shadows of Time: The Amulet of Alamin
* The Secret of Heaven
*The S
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“The heart will be tested during the journey of life, and if it is true, it will find the one person it is meant to love.” 0 likes
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