The Love of My (Other) Life by Traci L. Slatton
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 a physicist from an alternate universe, Tessa thinks he's a crazy vagabond - albeit one with mysterious and undeniable appeal.
Then he informs her that in his world, they're married.
Tessa's universe is turned upside down as the truth of love and loss, victory and humiliation, and second chances comes back to her. She has to choose love over logic to reach that state of anticipation where miracles unfold.
The secret to her own life was always in her heart.
Reviews of THE LOVE OF MY (OTHER) LIFE
Charmed by the story
This is a fun and romantic take on the power of soulmates. As Slatton creates her characters, she imbues them with warmth and recklessness. There is a boldness and vulnerability attached to Brian that draw you to his character.
Tessa is also a fun character, but a bit more ambitious and not quite so forgiving. As you follow these characters you are drawn to the possibility of their connection. It creates a warmth and yearning as you find yourself encouraging Tessa to choose love over logic.
If you enjoy romance and science fiction you will find this a surprisingly lighthearted dose of both. I was charmed by the story…An easy read, you may find yourself chuckling over the antics as they unfold. The comedy and romance keep you entertained, with just that small bit of satisfaction.
Leslie Wright on the Seattle PI
Just Judy Jumbles
Tessa Barnum is trying to get her life together. …She has some crazy man following her.
Brian Tennyson is from an alternate universe. He has come to see Tessa but she won’t believe he is from somewhere else. She won’t barely even give him the time of day. Brian is such a unique and likable character.
Great story. We see it told through Tessa’s eyes in her universe and through Brian’s eyes as to what had happened in the past in his universe. The author did a great job of stirring the emotions with the ending. And there are some surprising twists and turns as well.
Just Judy Jumbles
Wow! This was such a fun read!…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…
I absolutely enjoyed The Love of My (Other) Life. I felt as though the author was trying to convey the message that we should make our choices and if they end up being mistakes, let them go and keep moving forward….
I liked the banter between Brian and Tessa, as well as their inner dialog, particularly on Tessa's part. Ms. Slatton has written an innovative story that's also very witty…The unique story and appealing characters all combined for a lovely read.
Bookworm Brandee Blogspot
My Secret Romance Book Reviews
Not your mainstream romance
I enjoyed reading this book. I am usually not a fan of science fiction books; even if romance is also a theme of the book, but The Love of My (Other) Life pulled me in and I just had to see how this was going to be played out. If you are a fan of the TV show The Big Bang Theory, then you will love this book. While at times it is hard to understand the scientific terms, because let’s face it, not all of us are scientists in real life, it added to the feel of the book. You never know what will happen, and who will point you to the love of your life, but sometimes the unexpected and unbelievable can lead you to your happiness.
Taryn on My Secret Romance Book Reviews
Bitten by Romance
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…
This novel slowly leads us down a path where we get to discover the things that have led both of these people to this point in their life, you have moments where you have to decide who is really crazy (if anyone) and throw in a bit of self awakening and it all works together to make this an uplifting and enjoyable story with a bit of a twist at the end…
Bottom Line: This is a great story, a bit of craziness at the beginning to drop you into the story and a bit of everything a good romance needs with an ending quite satisfying on many levels.
Bitten by Romance
This is a lovely story of love and loss, surmounting obstacles, believing in what appears to be unbelievable and taking second chances…It is clear Tessa has many things to come to terms with from her past and so does Brian.
There is a quirky, magical feel to this story and although someone arriving from an alternative universe used to be the stuff of science fiction only, Traci Slatton uses some basic modern scientific principles to make the possibility believable. Having said that, it is very light on the science and very focused on the emotional connection between Tessa and Brian.
The book is a quick read, only 235 pages and I really enjoyed it.
Kim at StillReading
Chick lit with a HEA
This book is much cuter and less sexy than the cover would lead you to believe. I liked the premise, especially the whole idea of parallel dimensions. (It didn’t create all the problems that time travel sometimes does.) I also found the idea of someone loving his wife so much that he was willing to dimension hop just to be with her again to be incredibly romantic. Brian for the win! He has a great “can do” attitude. He really loves “his” Tessa (his wife) and he is amazingly supportive and kind to the other Tessa as well.
Greta on Fiction Snoop
Books & Reviews
The Love of my (Other) Life, by Traci L. Slatton is a fun and entertaining read. It is full of drama, love and laugher. Don't judge this book by its cover. It looks like erotic lit but it's actually a romantic novel mixed in with sci-fi.
It's quirky and the characters are awesome. Tessa Barnum is down on her luck, her love life is in shambles (she just got divorced) and she is about to be evicted from her home and she hasn't painted in over three years. So, when Brian Tennyson approaches her (as a homeless man) and tells her they are married in an alternative universe, she shrugs him off as just another crazy person. Brian is tenacious and won't give up, until he captures her attention. After all he has defied the laws of nature and traveled quite a distance to met up with her.
Tessa finally, allows herself to be drawn into him and his world and their story unfolds....
Books & Reviews
Sam, Elena, and Rhonda’s Awesomeness
Never judge a book by its cover
I actually took a look at the synopsis. It sounded really interesting and WOW was I glad I gave it a shot!... it was all about that one true love, your soul mate that exists in any universe, over and over in all of our lives. In each universe the players are the same they just may have different roles and if we are lucky we find each other!
… Tessa thinks that Brian is basically a crazy stalker, since he seems to be everywhere that she is even though she continually tells him to get lost and runs away from him…For all intents and purposes about the ultimate true love and the lengths we would go to find and keep it.
Elena on S, E & R’s Awesomeness
Book to Book Reviews
This book was definitely a fun read.
And it really does make you ask the question: What would you do for the love of your life?
Or rather as the description says: What worlds would you move to be with your soulmate?
I was also totally convinced that I knew how the book was going to end. I was wrong. So, the book isn't a predictable one either! A fun, quirky read that I'd recommend.
Claire on Book to Book Reviews
The Little Black Book Blog
This was a love story with an interesting plot. It was very reminiscent of The Time Traveler's wife…. I loved the concept behind the story. Every decision you make can lead you on very different paths in your life. I also enjoyed the way it was written. Bouncing back and forth between the two different Brian and Tessa relationships showed how one small thing can make the biggest difference in your life.
Jess on The Little Black Book Blog
Talk Supe Book Blog
THE LOVE OF MY (OTHER) LIFE was a smart, hilarious and fast read. The plot might sound complicated but TSlatton simplified pulled it off nicely. The characters are a little ridiculous but they carry nuggets of wisdom with them. Shout out to Mrs. L, I love you and you'll be missed! So grab a copy and I'm sure you'll get a great kick from reading THE LOVE OF MY (OTHER) LIFE.
Talk Supe Book Blog
Felt the spark
This book is a riot and I really enjoyed it. I loved the conversations and the heart-felt-moments between the two main characters and I thought Traci did an amazing job at creating such likeable characters. Overall, this book is a winner and a fun ride!
Sara on ChickLit+
The Love of My (Other) Life, by Traci L. Slatton, is a cute sci-fi romance. Brian chases Tessa all around Manhattan, telling her she’s his wife in an alternate universe, and making really terrible physics jokes.
Chick Lit Central
Quick, light read
I really enjoyed reading The Love of My (Other) Life… Of course, my favourite part was how Traci L. Slatton decided to end the book, it was a bit of a twist and made me happy to read. I look forward to seeing more from Traci in the future!
Melissa on Chick Lit Central
Live, Read and Breathe
Many aspects I got lost into
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. It's just about time, fate and chance. Each Brian bring out the best in Tessa with her love, compassion, talent, loyalty and passion.
Lauren on Live, Read and Breathe
Paranormal Romance Guild
Secrets, romance, art and forgery
This was a very interesting story that went back and forth from one universe to another. We learn Brian's story, then we go back to this universe and Tessa's story. There are secrets, romance, art, forgery, and interesting characters.
Linda on the Paranormal Romance Guild
Genre Go Round Reviews
This is an entertaining romantic science fiction frolic with a powerful philosophical theme of swing the bat even though you may strike out. Brian is a fun genius whose physics humor and Star Trek trivia add depth to his travelogue. Tessa is a bit more complicated as she struggles to get back into playing the game after making bad decisions in her life. Readers will enjoy their changing relationship as love proves to be the most powerful force in the Slatton multi-universe.
TicToc Book Reviews
Fun and Romantic
This is a fun and romantic take on the power of soul mates. As Slatton creates her characters, she imbues them with warmth and recklessness. There is a boldness and vulnerability attached to Brian that draw you to his character. Tessa is also a fun character, but a bit more ambitious and not quite so forgiving. As you follow these characters you are drawn to the possibility of their connection. It creates a warmth and yearning as you find yourself encouraging Tessa to choose love over logic.
Leslie Wright on
Power of Soulmates
If you enjoy romance and science fiction you will find this a surprisingly lighthearted dose of both. I was charmed by the story although the surprise ending rattled me in a strange way.