A CHARM OF FINCHES (Venery Book 2)
“I swear. Give me one more chance and I will make the most of it.”
Ex-escort Javier Landes is asking for his third chance at love. And the third time is the charm. He meets an art therapist named Steffen Finch and what starts as casual deepens into a passionate relationship—everything Jav has ever wanted, and everything he fears losing.
Stef’s business card reads Curator & Sailor. His creativity and insightful nature have made him into a talented therapist, the one to call for tough cases. His professional success can’t conceal a deep need to connect with someone, but Javier Landes is the last person Stef expected.
Geronimo “Geno” Caan is Stef’s most challenging case. To cope with his ordeal, he’s allowed an alter-ego called Mos to make decisions, and now lives a double life within a web of lies. Under Stef’s navigation, Geno uses art to express what Mos forbids to be spoken aloud. But as Geno’s attachment to Stef gradually extends to Jav, the boundaries between professional and personal begin to blur.
Over the course of a year, Jav, Stef and Geno form an unexpected and unconventional triangle, revealing how men make love in times of war and how love is a great wisdom made up of small understandings. The long-awaited second book of the Venery series, A Charm of Finches is an epic tale of survival and secrets guaranteed to make you think and feel and remember.
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My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A CHARM OF FINCHES is book two in the Venery series and my first read from author Suanne Laqueur. Although some of the characters from book one made an appearance, I had no problems jumping right into book two (though I have the need to go back and read book one!).
Javier Landes is an ex-escort and an author. He’s really looking for a change, a chance at love, a life partner. But he wasn’t prepared for Steffen Finch. Stef is an art therapist who wasn’t actually looking for anyone. When they meet, it seems like kismet, fate…a chance for both of them to love and be loved. Geronimo “Geno” Caan is a young survivor and a patient of Stef’s. Jav, Stef and Geno make an odd sort of triad (no, this is NOT a love triangle!).
So, I’ll be brutally honest. It took me awhile to finish this book and not because it was terrible or the writing sucked. NO…QUITE THE CONTRARY! The author wrote words that were SO compelling, SO intense, SO exquisite that my heart broke with every savage, stark revelation. I had to put it down and step away from it several times and let me tell you, I’ve very rarely come across a book that has that kind of emotional affect on me and I’ve read A LOT of books! Seriously, if you open the book to any single page, you’ll find passages that are eloquently and beautifully written. Ms. Laqueur simply had the ability to draw me completely into a world of darkness, pain and suffering and then drag me right through all of that until I found the light, peace and serene happiness. (I know that sounds cheesy but so what? Totally true!!)
Besides the wonderful writing (that I’ve already harped about) the characters are just AWESOME, unique and interesting. Even the secondary characters add an exciting extra layer to the book! SIGH…I had a huge book hangover from this one. Ginormous “THANK YOU” to Suanne Laqueur for gifting me a copy of this book…squeee! (Which I won in a contest and in no way influenced this review!) Told from multiple POVs with a sweet and happy ending.
A former professional dancer and teacher, Suanne Laqueur went from choreographing music to choreographing words. Her work has been described as “Therapy Fiction,” “Emotionally Intelligent Romance” and “Contemporary Train Wreck.”
Laqueur’s novel An Exaltation of Larks was the Grand Prize winner in the 2017 Writer’s Digest Awards. Her debut novel The Man I Love won a gold medal in the 2015 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards and was named Best Debut in the Feathered Quill Book Awards. Her follow-up novel, Give Me Your Answer True, was also a gold medal winner at the 2016 RFBA.
Laqueur graduated from Alfred University with a double major in dance and theater. She taught at the Carol Bierman School of Ballet Arts in Croton-on-Hudson for ten years. An avid reader, cook and gardener, she started her blog EatsReadsThinks in 2010.
Suanne lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband and two children.
Visit her at suannelaqueurwrites.com
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Follow her on Twitter @suannelqr
All feels welcome. And she always has coffee.