Praise for THE LOVE OF MY (OTHER) LIFE
by Traci L. Slatton
Brian was married to Tessa he says but in another alternate universe …. And so our story begins. 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.
The romance IS the main thrust of this short novel, make no mistake, the Sci-Fi, the craziness, a poetry quoting bad guy and other things revolve around the connection between Brian and Tessa BUT things are never as they seem to be in these novels are they
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 Paranormal Romance
Tessa Barnum is trying to get her life together. She is just starting to paint again after three years and her husband had left her back then as well. She owes money and the program she helps run at the church may close if they don't get the money to keep it running. On top of all that….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
"Five days, fours hours and 22 minutes" is the babbling of a stranger who suddenly appears everywhere in the messy life of Tessa. Twenty four hours is how long it took me to read this book. It is really that engrossing. …
You need not believe in parallel universes. You need not understand physics. You need not appreciate fine art. You need not ever been part of the audience at a classical music recital. If you relate to any of these, you may find yourself connecting to a specific moment, a mention, a scene. Perhaps a passing mention of Blue Oyster Cult is where your connecting moment comes. Whenever it happens, is up to individual experience. From the very beginning, this novel is filled with the promise of interesting entanglements, delightful moments and new favorite literary bits.
There are wonderful moments where words open up Tessa to believing. When she is spending time with Mrs. Leibowitz, the elderly woman says "Doing what you want is the prerogative of the dying. Should be the prerogative of the living, too, but it doesn't always work out that way." Then Brian "You always think you have forever, then you find it over before you realize."
This is the story that answers "what if?" Every day we make choices. This is the magic mirror look at what would have happened if certain choices were made.
This is a scrumptious look at love, art, science and the many pieces that link into a helix that sweeps the reader into its orbit.
5 Star Review on Goodreads
Praise for THE LOVE OF MY (OTHER) LIFE
by Traci L. Slatton
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!
Chick Lit +
This is a very quick read. I read the entire book in one sitting. It’s a very sweet love story and a pleasant way to spend a few hours. If artsy and nerdy is your thing, you’d probably enjoy this, I certainly did.
I enjoyed reading this book. It is not your mainstream romance by any means, but it worked. 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.
My Secret Romance Book Reviews
Looking at the cover of this book, you would maybe think erotica...right? Maybe? I admit I did and yes I did read the blurb. There wasn't one erotic word in this story and I have to say that I was happy it wasn't.
What you get instead is a sweet romantic (and very often comedic) story of two people overcoming life's little hiccups and loss.
Tessa and Brian were a joy to read...two totally different people drawn together even in alternate universes. It was so funny to read Brian chasing Tessa all around NY trying to convince her that he's not crazy and that they're married in another universe. All throughout this story I kept trying figure out why Brian wanted to find this Tessa...why not any other Tessa. I figured out at the end of the story which was so perfect that it had me crying. I simply loved it.
This is a lovely story of love and loss, surmounting obstacles, believing in what appears to be unbelievable and taking second chances. Tessa is drawn to Brian and even though, under normal circumstances, she would run a mile from a strange man who appears to be stalking her, she is not one bit afraid of Brian. She trusts him even though she doesn’t know him. As their relationship unfolds 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. Actually, it put me in mind of the film Kate and Leopold with Meg Ryan and Hugh Jackman, so I suppose anyone who enjoyed that film would really like this book.
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.
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.
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 character's 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
This is the perfect example of NEVER judge a book by its cover!! So when I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review 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. I know that this all seems silly and there really is a silly Big Bang Theory element to this book but it is, for all intents and purposes about the ultimate true love and the lengths we would go to find and keep it.
Sam, Helena & Rhonda’s AWESOMENESS
This book cover makes you think that the book must be erotic, but really, it's a sweet romance with an interesting storyline.
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.
Book To Book Reviews
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.
The Little Black 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.
Wow! This was such a fun read! I have to say that 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 despite my uneducated-ness in physics...and art...Hey, I was an English major, what can I say??...
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 was also drawn to the characters, with their delightful personalities. 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. Despite the science and art references that flew right over my head, the unique story and appealing characters all combined for a lovely read.
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.
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!
The Love of My (Other) Life has it all and makes it work because it is as quirky as its characters…. It is also those quirks that make the characters multi-dimensional. The book is also romance in that it explores how far a person would go to say "I Love You" one more time and have a chance to say goodbye. There are hints of the paranormal and science fiction too. What I really enjoyed about the book is that Ms. Slatton, like the artist that her character is, blends all of these elements like an artist's paints to create in words a painting that explodes across the senses.