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I found the world created by the author fascinating. It was the last part of the book that really turned me off. I am a bit of romantic and the ending was not the HEA that I wanted.
I really cannot say more because I don't want to spoil anything. On top of that I felt that the story was incomplete. It was like the author was planning a sequel that never happened. At least I don't know of a sequel. I am giving it 4 stars because the writing is good and like I said I enjoyed most of it. Also thought it a bit pricey for such a short story. One person found this helpful. Total awesomeness this one. It's so cool the way Astrid can make a romantic story about so much more and still have it be sooo romantic! The fantastic elements are well defined, some really cool ideas there.
I hope there will be a sequel some day. Joel and Charlie have only been seeing each other for less than a year, but Joel has a niggling suspicion that Charlie's "the one. Charlie's the romantic, sci-fi movie buff, and openly gay. He runs his own business and is a carefree sort of guy. Joel's a history professor at a local college, abhors public displays of affection, and digs dry history-type movies. When they come together in the bedroom, though, nothing else matters.
On Joel's birthday, Charlie arranges a romantic evening on a friend's sailboat. Too bad neither guy knows anything about sailing. A storm rolls in. This transfer usually takes place by way of heat exchangers. Should these heat exchangers suffer leakages then the condensate would affect the product quality and vice versa. In the event of a leak condensate can be polluted by organic contaminants, which form under pressure carbonic acid or acidic products.
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Don't start this book unless you have the time to read it straight through because you will not want to stop. I hope Ms Amara gives us another book about the Valde someday. I found the world created by the author fascinating. It was the last part of the book that really turned me off. I am a bit of romantic and the ending was not the HEA that I wanted. I really cannot say more because I don't want to spoil anything.
On top of that I felt that the story was incomplete. It was like the author was planning a sequel that never happened. At least I don't know of a sequel. I am giving it 4 stars because the wr Rating: I am giving it 4 stars because the writing is good and like I said I enjoyed most of it. Also thought it a bit pricey for such a short story.
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Charlie and Joel were not exactly a perfect couple, truth be told they are at the opposite; they always fought, they didn't like the same things, they had different expectation in life, but for some strange alchemy, they were perfect together. Probably the stronger glue was sex, that was always terrific between them; when they couldn't agree on something, they always found a common path in the bedroom.
Joel was a college professor, a bookish type, Charlie was an engineering and a jock, and they Charlie and Joel were not exactly a perfect couple, truth be told they are at the opposite; they always fought, they didn't like the same things, they had different expectation in life, but for some strange alchemy, they were perfect together.
Joel was a college professor, a bookish type, Charlie was an engineering and a jock, and they difference in body and life were respected in the bedroom, where Joel was happy to leave the lead to Charlie and to enjoy his dominant behavior. Also since he knew a different Charlie, a man who loved romantic comedy and that believed in love at first sight. And so they were perfect, but on Joel's 29th birthday, only 10 months after they met, Charlie died at sea, drowned while he was trying to safe Joel, and Joel, after a year, is still mourning his lost lover.
To the reader it seems almost impossible that a man is so devastated after the loss of who you can hardly define the love of your life, a man who was only 10 months in the life of Joel, and if not for the paranormal turn, probably I would have considered Joel a bit too weak and silently told him to get a grip on his life and move one. And instead while Joel is trying to drown in the alcohol his pain, he sees a man who is exactly like Charlie, worst he is Charlie, since he has all the physical sign that were only of his lover. But this man has something completely different than Charlie, a ruthlessness in his eyes that Charlie never had, and Joel sees him killing with bare hand a woman.
Now Joel is on the run from the man that he believed to love, and who said to love him back. This is only a novella, but despite being short, I didn't find it rushed. I read it like the opening book in a longer series, and so it should give to readers all the details to build the setting and be prepared for the rest. An hard task in less than pages, and probably in more unskilled hand, the love story would have lost space to the setting. And instead the relationship between Charlie and Joel is complete, it has not only a present, but also enough details to build a past, to give the reader the feeling of intimacy between Charlie and Joel, of their past common memories.
A love story, a so small thing in comparison to the safety of the world, is able to distract the reader from what it's happening outside and almost forces him to concentrate in those little details, on the likes or dislikes of the man who was Charlie, on the regret of Joel to abandon his ordinary life, made of college lessons and family trouble. But in the end these are the real thing, and the paranormal plot that is happening outside, it's so distant, that it becomes ordinary and simple.
It will be interesting to see if in the following book, the paranormal subplot will take center stage in the story, and if it will be again a story between Charlie and Joel, since I don't believe that it's ended between them. Nov 01, Nana rated it it was ok Shelves: First half I would give 3.
The summary was interesting, Joel was likeable, I felt sorry for him and his loss. The Author's writing is good. The only person he had ever brought here, in fact, had been Charlie. I kept wondering if it wouldn't be better if the Author developed more the First half I would give 3. I kept wondering if it wouldn't be better if the Author developed more the Valdes instead of working in sex scenes, they felt exagerated. Something like this I wonder Jun 04, Yumenouveau rated it really liked it.
Firstly I'm a huge fan of Astrid Amara's work, and this one does not disappoint. Beautiful, tragic, original story about a man who's lover drowns at sea as he watches.
But when the survivor finds the man he thought dead again a year later, only to realize there's something strange and different about him, a beautiful original plot starts to unfold. Love the supernatural elements and lovely romance between these two, as well as some incredibly well written sex scenes. Only reason I give this a 4 Firstly I'm a huge fan of Astrid Amara's work, and this one does not disappoint. Only reason I give this a 4 instead of 5 is that it ends so abruptly!
Just when you think the plot is really getting interesting it ends. Hoping for a sequel one day! Mar 08, Ms. Nikki rated it liked it. I found myself wanting to skim which is never a good sign, but I forced myself to finish it.
The Valde has ratings and 20 reviews. Sarah said: First off, this is not merman pron. You grubs! I have been hanging out for this book. The last behe. Water [The Valde] - Kindle edition by Astrid Amara. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note.
This is a love it or leave it book. I could do neither as and avid reader so I voted "like it" because the concept was original.
I think I would have like it more if; the characters were more fleshed out,their personalities didn't do a by the end of the book, and if the book was longer with more background of the relationship. Feb 23, Avivs rated it liked it. I like this book, but it's too short and predictable to get more than 3 stars. Oct 08, Shay rated it liked it. I liked this book but I just wished that there was more with the interaction between Jag and Dev.
I also wanted to learn more of Charlie and Joel.
I felt like it ended kind of abruptly and found myself searching for a part 2 of the book. All in all its ok but could have been better if it was longer. I loved this book. My full review here: May 26, Rachel rated it liked it Shelves: Love Charlie, love Joel, sad when Charlie died at the start of the book and I love the concept, the authors imagination and the writing style.
The only let down for me is that it ended too soon. I would love to know what happens next. Feb 21, Jen rated it really liked it Shelves: This was actually quite good. I give it a little extra stars for being unique. This is the second time I've read it. Is there to be no sequel?