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He has always lived in mystery; will she be the one to discover his secret?

Robert Valmer moves from Rome to Beverly Hills in 2015, where against his better judgment, he falls for Alexis Roth, PhD, psychologist to the stars. But Alexis wants to know everything. Start from the beginning, she says. The beginning? Can he really tell her about how he fled France during the Fren
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Kindle Edition, 195 pages
Published September 15th 2020 by Pairings, Ltd.
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Nursebookie
Nov 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Gary Dickson delivers an intriguingly romantic read about an impossible relationship that transcends time and reason.

This story is about a man named Robert Valmer who is either gifted or cursed with his eternal life. He meets a brilliant psychologist, Alexis Roth in Los Angeles and falls in love. The problem is, how can he keep his secret when the woman he loves is so interested in everything about him, including his past.

The story is set in amazing locations and destinations - that will make
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Volpot
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
2 stars. Book was fairly interesting and headed for 3.5 to 4 star rating, until the atrociously non-sensical and abrupt ending. It made reading the entire book pointless. What a shame.
Donna172
Nov 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I think this might be my favorite Gary Dickson book yet! I am not usually one that likes fantasy but this book was written in such a way that the fantasy actually seems like it could be reality. I enjoy Gary Dickson’s no frills way of getting his point across! He tells a good story and gets right to the point.

Robert Valmer is blessed (or cursed) with the gift of eternal life. Seems like it should be a great thing, right? The problem is that Robert can’t have a lasting relationship with anyone b
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Beverly Fuqua
Dec 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
The fun and/or interesting part of a story about a person who has lived for centuries is reading about things that happened in the past and how they affect their life in the present. This was just all about the love relationship between the two characters, it could just as well have been some other big secret, like the guy was married or actually a woman. "Oh dear, she can't find out, I'll be doomed!" I'll pass. ...more
Kim Bakos
Oct 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
My favorite of Gary's books so far! I love the time travel aspect/eternal life of this book and how the consequences, both positive and negative, of this "gift", and impact a person's life. The benefit of being wealthy is tempered with the inability to have relationships of any depth or that last more than a few years. It is somewhat of a mystery as well as a love story, and questions what a person can give up, or put up with, to be with the person that he/she loves. ...more
Gabriela Zago
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was a huge fan of the TV show “Forever”, in which a 200 year old guy works as a detective in New York City. I really liked the premise of someone living for a really long time, having to hide this particular secret from other people in order to, well, continue to survive. Unrelated to that, I also like the TV show “Amazing Race”, where people compete following clues and traveling around the world. While this book is completely different from those shows, the story reminded me a little bit of e ...more
Anita Salonger
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was provided an ARC of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

WOW- another great book by Gary Dickson. I loved it. The book is a romance, my favorite, and a mystery, which makes for a great read. I usually hate to read history but the descriptions in this novel made it so enjoyable to read. I hated for it to end. Robert and Alexis meet and fall in love, but a deep dark secret keeps the mystery going.
Shayla McMurray
Dec 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I just love the way Dickson writes. It is very casual, like a blog post or listening to a friend chat on a Saturday morning coffee walk (remember those?) so you feel like you are right there having cocktails with Robert and Alexis at the Polo Club which I looooove! Also, something I didn't expect about the book is that it is a bit glamorous. Dickson will describe the chic outfits Alexis is wearing or the fancy cars that the old guys in the coffee shop drive in and it all feels very luxe and fun. ...more
Luana Filgueiras
Dec 05, 2020 rated it did not like it
I wasn’t going to review 𝐚𝐧 𝐨𝐝𝐝𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐞𝐪𝐮𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 since it was a DNF, but I already had a picture for it and I posted on my stories last night that I had DNF’ed a book and I got a ton of questions as to which book I DNF’ed 🤣 so here you go.

This could be categorized as a mashup of historical fiction with romance plus a dash of mystery, but unfortunately, the writing and pace didn’t work for me! The story basically revolves around a French man, Robert, who has eternal life (basically like a v
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Susan Burlew
Jan 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Good story about Robert who for unknown reasons has been alive for more than 200 years. He still looks like he's in his forties. No, he's not a vampire! He meets Alexis and falls in love but can't tell her his real age. She knows he's hiding something and tries to figure it out. The ending was a bit confusing but still a very interesting read. Would recommend! ...more
Shell Sullivan
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was ok
No. Wasn't great to start with, and now I need answers about what the ending meant. Ugh! ...more
Lynn K
Nov 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Robert moves from Rome to Beverly Hills. He begins seeing Alexis. As their relationship becomes more serious, she is naturally curious about his past, but Robert is evasive because he has a secret. As he realizes he is in love with her, he also realizes that any long-term relationship will reveal his secret, so eventually flees to Switzerland, France, and Italy. This novel tells their story of love, commitment, and trust. If you love romance novels with a bit of mystery, you will enjoy reading t ...more
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Gary Dickson is an inveterate traveler and a Francophile sans merci. Educated in the United States and the University of Lausanne in Switzerland in history, literature, and the classics, Gary lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Susie.

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