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When Olivia Villalobos finds a bloodstained love letter she endeavors to deliver it before Chief Inspector Sedeño finds it in her possession.

A city along the southern coast of Puerto Rico emerges in the aftermath of the Spanish-American War. Olivia, daughter of a drunkard police investigator who never knew the truth behind her mother’s disappearance, finds a bloodstained l
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Kindle Edition, First Edition, 241 pages
Published February 13th 2017 by ForeverPoetic
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Courtney
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of : romance, crime mysteries, and historical fiction.
Recommended to Courtney by: Booktasters
"The only thing worth living for, and dying for, is love."

Felix Alexander poetically blends together a well balanced mix of different genres that include: historical fiction, romance, and crime-mystery that are all tied together by urban legends, myths and faith. If you have a special bookish someone in your life, and are in need of any bookish gift ideas, then I suggest The Last Valentine! It's publish date is on Feb. 13th 2017 (which is my birthday, yaaayy!), so it's perfect for this holiday!
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☙ percy ❧
Jul 23, 2017 marked it as dnf
Shelves: netgalley
dnf @ 36%

i don't think i'm the right target audience for this... whereas i'm not averse to romantic books and relationships in novels, the whole idea of this was... dying for love, living for love, doing everything for love... all the plot surrounded that basic idea, and that is Not My Thing at all. i'm not rating it because i don't think it was objectively bad, it was just not my cup of tea.
Bella James
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Last Valentine, Felix Alexander.

Alexander's beautiful narrative is dark at times, but truly one for the Romantics. He captures the grip and agony of love, carefully threading each twist and turn of an elaborate plot, while creating intensely relatable characters.
An intricate blend of mystery, romance and history, I particularly liked the metaphysical dynamic in relation to love after death.

In addition to the well thought out story line, this novel is seductively set along the south coast of
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siobhan Quinlan
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 cups of tea read. I read this quickly and then forgot to write my review. I was given an ebook of this to give a honest review and what can i say I loved it. This is not my usual read so i am glad i approached the author for this as it was truly beautiful. I will be doing a video review when i can get my hands on a paperback as there is loads i want to mark and talk about that would be easier to do with a physical copy of the book.
The writing style is truly beautiful and when I started getting
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Proudtobebookish
Jan 17, 2017 rated it liked it
First of all I want to tell you that this review was wrote by me who use English as my second language

3 / 5 Stars of The Last Valentine by Felix Alexander

I scrolled through my twitter timeline for my next reading books recommendation a few weeks ago. And I stumbled upon this intriguing mystery novel by an indie author, Felix Alexander. If you follow me, you must know that I am a hopeless romance reader to the core. But for the past 8 months I extended my area of reading including nonfiction,
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Yvonne (It's All About Books)

Finished reading: May 24th 2017


"In their infinite wisdom they fail to realize that love keeps us young after youth has passed and is the only memory worth remembering when the shadows of forgetfulness linger on the horizon of old age."

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Reading Alley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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Eva Chau
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Eva by: Booktasters
What can I say about this story?

The Last Valentine is a story like none I’ve read. It’s different in a way of having more narration than I’m used to, but beautiful neither the less.

It’s a story you will fall in love for, a story you will read with a full heart and crave every word of it.
It has mystery, secrecy and passion. It’s incredible to read the characters’ love stories and see how they all connect. When in a time people were not able to be with the person they pleased and loved, the Labyri
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Wulfwyn
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love the writing in this book! This is a book for the true romantic. The author writes with a poetic hand. I thought it was atmospheric and haunting. Oddly I felt as if I were the ghost though. I was the one haunting the characters. I was transported to 1930's Puerto Rico and it was I drifting through scene after scene bearing witness to love found, love lost, love searched for, love longed for. I haunted the characters for their memories. I followed them in their search for the labyrinth. I h ...more
Katie B
In 1935, the corpse of an unidentified man is found in a darkened alley in Puerto Rico. Olivia, the daughter of a police investigator, finds a bloodstained love letter in her father's coat after he comes home drunk one night. She is convinced it came from the deceased man and teams up with her friend Issac to deliver it to the Labyrinth of Love Letters. The only problem is even though they have heard of this place where lovers leave notes for one another, they have no idea of its location. As th ...more
JG
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Last Valentine A Labyrinth of Love Letters Novel by Felix Alexander is a story of romance and mystery set in 1935 Puerto Rico. The story follows Olivia Villalobos, the daughter of a police investigator. She comes across a bloodstained love letter in her father's coat. The letter peeks Olivia's interest. She wonders why her father would have the letter in his possession and if it's connected to an unsolved murder that recently happened. She shares her discovery with her best friend Issac who ...more
Pragati Chaudhari
*Received via BookTasters in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts are entirely my own and in no way biased.*

First of, I love the premise of this story! A love letter in possession of the murder victim and just about the only clue the police has to catch the killer. And to top it, it's set in earlier times. I'm sort of a history buff and I didn't know much about Old Sienna or Peurto Rico in 1935, so I like that too! It's murder and mystery and romance and awesome!

I love the writing style.
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Iris Sweetwater
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This has to be the most unique love and mystery book I have ever had the pleasure of reading. This story weaves several love stories together within it using a single love letter that is part of a murder investigation. I love how the passing of the letter brings forth a new tragic love story for each character and how there is also a mystery linked to it. The author is also great with putting historical elements together. the story is set in the mid 1930s, and the roles of both men and women at ...more
Elizabeth Mathis
When Olivia Villalobos finds a bloodstained love letter she endeavors to deliver it before Chief Inspector Sedeño finds it in her possession.

A city along the southern coast of Puerto Rico emerges in the aftermath of the Spanish-American War. Olivia, daughter of a drunkard police investigator who never knew the truth behind her mother’s disappearance, finds a bloodstained love letter in the hidden compartment of her father’s coat. Convinced it belonged to the man recently found dead she sets out
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ana darcy
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5/5 stars

really good story with love, mystery and letters. How romantic is to write love letters even when they are not going to be read! It sounds so beautiful. However, unrequited love may not be so "nice".
There a lot of characters in this story but the central characters are Olivia and Isaac. Olivia's dad stoles a letter, a love letter, from the police department and Olivia founds it, from here everything develops: death, love, unrequited love, pain, darkness, mystery and the Labyrinth of L
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Jewel Hart
Dec 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Last Valentine by Felix Alexander is a sweeping epic saga of multiple love stories within one story.

It is filled with poetic beauty that captures the soul. The scenery and descriptions are penned so beautifully that the vivid scenes come alive in the reader’s mind. Skillfully written in lyrical poetic beauty, The Last Valentine is a treat to be savored. The words flow beautifully straight off the page.

The storyline is unique and very different in that it involves many generations of love sto
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Virginia Marks
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As any romance story goes, you know that there must be a trial to test the strength of the love. Even in Puerto Rico has the same woes as the rest of the world.

Lorenzo Valentino was the equivalent of Romeo and Juliet. He fell in love with a woman who was poor and forbidden. It didn't matter to him, he was in love and he was going to prove it. He attained information of a secret tunnel below the city that had many ways to enter. He knew that if they were going to keep their relationship a secret,
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Caroline
Dec 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks
I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Last Valentine is set in Puerto Rico near the start of the Twentieth Century. An unidentified man is murdered, a letter he was carrying the only clue to his identity. The letter goes missing from the police station and Olivia, daughter of an alcoholic policeman, discovers it in her father's coat. She realises it is a letter declaring undying but forbidden love and resolves to find the semi-mythical Labyrinth of Love Le
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R.J. Groves
Dec 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Set in Puerto Rico in the year 1935, "The Last Valentine" tells a story of forbidden love and the search for the mythical (or so it was considered) Labyrinth of Love Letters. After the death of a mystery man, a bloodstained letter - the only clue to the man's identity - finds its way into Olivia Villalobos' possession. Instead of giving the letter back to the police, Olivia begins her search for the Labyrinth of Love Letters with her best friend, Isaac, to ensure that the intended recipient of t ...more
Lindsey
Jan 03, 2017 rated it liked it
I got a copy of this from Booktasters for an honest review.

So, the Last Valentine is more of a story about love and romantics than it is a love story. There's a lot of philosophizing, inner monologues, and backstories. There is not a lot of dialogue or character development. Sometimes the story is hard to follow because it starts and stops for flashbacks. The story could be organized a little differently to flow more smoothly and be more evenly paced. I think, actually, it might make a cool shor
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Navika
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I got this books by @booktasters from twitter to write a review, but as it isn't published by now I won't go further into detail with the content of the book as I want to avoid any spoilers. If you want to know what happens in the book you can pre-order it on amazon. The only thing I can say is that it's worth it.
So, the writing style of Felix Alexander has something special that kept me reading the book.
The novel is set during the aftermath of the Spanish-American War in Puerto Rico. As it's a
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Danica
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
*Disclaimer: I recieved a free copy of this book via Booktasters and the author*

I really enjoyed reading this. Felix Alexander writes beautifully. I'm not the biggest fan of romance--but this book had such beautiful prose that it was easy to keep reading. However, at times, it does seem a bit too descriptive.

It's easy to feel like you've been transported to 1930s Puerto Rico with the way Alexander writes. The storyline--which features more than just romance--is intriguing and helps the reader st
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Littlewolf
Dec 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-to-review
Does Cupid exist … We’ll if you don’t believe it; you may have a change of heart after reading this story. I was given an ARC of this book to read for my honest review, and I have to say that I am impressed. This is the first book that I have read from Felix Alexander, but it will not be my last. This is not your typical sappy love story, but more about the endless possibilities of love. I also enjoyed the suspense in the story that kept me up till 3am. I found it to be romantically intriguing a ...more
Christina Helms
Dec 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was given the privilege of reading this book before it is published and I am so happy I did. I really enjoyed this story and it is very well written. The author knows how to tell a story and suck you in. I liked the different time periods written in this book and the mystery. It was also interesting to read a story set in Puerto Rico which I have never read before. I look forward to reading more from this author.
Kevina
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*received from Booktasters for an honest review*

The first chapter already entranced me. A beautiful, endearing yet heartbreaking novel about a man's unrequited love and his journey to show her. So many secrets the characters learn is eye opening yet necessary. The line about unrequited love being strong is so touching. Five stars!
Carmen
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book starts off slow at first, though it does pick up speed. I got a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Deanna
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I became Mr. Alexander’s newest fan with this book. This is an enchanting story of many loves, betrayal, mystery, murder, scandal, and, lessons in life, history, and, the arts.
The story is set in Puerto Rico, with the main characters being in the 1930’s. The author describes many historical facts, as well as a detailed description of the beautiful settings and decor. Felix Alexander also displays a charming sense of humor throughout the book.
The story centers around two children, their lives and
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Angelica McDonald
Even though I truly loved this story, I did find myself confused at certain parts of the novel. For example, you may be reading from person’s point-of-view and then it will switch without warning to another’s. That part did irritate me at some moments so that is why I didn’t give this book a 5/5. That also seemed to happen with some settings in the novel too, but if it wasn’t for the author’s brilliant storytelling I would have given up on the novel because of that. Also, some of the grammar in ...more
Caitlin Farley
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Labyrinth of Love Letters is just one of many secrets in the Puerto Rican city of Old Sienna. When Olivia finds a bloodstained love letter in her father’s coat, she becomes entranced by the poetic longing scribed on the page. She resolves to place the letter in the legendary Labyrinth of Love Letters. Even the discovery that the letter is a stolen piece of evidence in the unsolved murder of an unidentified man does not deter her from her goal. Olivia convinces her close friend, Isaac, to hel ...more
Jessica Traver cashen
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-s
Great read, well written with a great plot and characters. I did enjoy this book but it is a bit hard to follow, because of all the characters. Olivia is the daughter of a private investigator and she finds a love letter with a blood stain in her dad's pocket. She thinks it belongs to a deceased man that was trying to get it to the Labyrinth of Love Letters. She asks her friend Isaac to help her to get the love letter to the Labyrinth of Love Letters. Which everyone has heard of but, the problem ...more
Sharon
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Love stories, mysteries, politics and history all mixed together into a very interesting tale.
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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 Last Valentine (A Labyrinth of Love Le
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“What could you possibly hope to find in a cemetary?" The women said. "The dead tell no secrets and the living seldom come to visit them.” 3 likes
“Don’t fret. We all experience it. We must. For despite our humanity love is the only way we can be like gods. It is in love that we glimpse heaven during our lifetime and have proof that there’s something worth looking forward to in the end.” 2 likes
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