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The List: 3 Paperback – 22 April 2015
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Praise for The List"With exquisite skill, Calhoun melds erotic heat and intense emotions in the second Irresistible contemporary romance (after Afternoon Delight)...Calhoun's intelligently handled characters, perfect pacing, and smooth plotting elevate familiar themes to the heights of enjoyable entertainment."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Calhoun's work never fails to impress and engage, but this story is something special. From a heartbreaking, emotionally contentious opening, she crafts a love story that is irresistibly compelling, sensual, and wholly, beautifully redemptive."--RT Book Reviews
Praise for the novels of Anne Calhoun "Uncommonly good storytelling."--Beth Kery, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author "Scintillating sexual chemistry."--Lauren Dane, New York Times bestselling author "Calhoun's romances define the erotic."--Alison Kent, national bestselling author
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- Publisher : Berkley; 1st edition (22 April 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0425276899
- ISBN-13 : 978-0425276891
- Dimensions : 13.84 x 2.08 x 20.8 cm
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Told from third person point of view, alternating between the present and the recent past, THE LIST focuses on the unexpected and unlikely relationship between Tilda and Daniel, and Tilda’s need to hold on to the past.
Tilda is a bit of a matchmaker whose successful unions have left a pleasant but envious mark upon our heroine’s soul. Tilda is an enigma to others and to herself. Her relationship with Daniel is quick to develop; she is a sexually passionate woman yet comes across uncaring, withdrawn, self absorbed and without emotion; and she is vulnerable to her past. Her bond with Daniel is tentative and fragile; her need to succeed and be noticed is all encompassing. Saying that, her likability as a heroine is provisional upon the outcome of the story-I found it difficult to understand Daniel’s attraction and connection to Matilda Davies.
The relationship between our leading couple is highly sexual, provocative and intense but herein lies the issue-Daniel and Tilda have nothing in common but a deep desire to be needed and belong. Their love story is often painful, intimate and moving but is built upon a shaky foundation-a happily ever after is not always a guarantee.
Throughout the novel I found myself at odds with my enjoyment due to the heroine’s underwhelming and less than welcoming persona; the narrative was, at time, unusually dry and subdued, and I, once again, blame the heroine’s lack of empathy and emotional range throughout much of the story. Tilda hides behind a façade; a mask of her own making but in doing so hides away from herself. Daniel, on the other hand, is an amazing man who supports and nurtures Tilda through her numerous levels of self absorption and emotional withdrawal-it is almost a codependent relationship. Tilda outwardly appears strong and self assured but inside something is missing and the little girl, she once was, is still waiting for recognition and love.
THE LIST is an interesting and well written storyline but I think it fell short in its’ ability to draw me in. Perhaps it was the author’s writing style or the method used to convey the overall mood. If there was ever a metaphor for their relationship-Daniel was first introduced to Tilda as they sat upon a ledge, twenty one stories above the ground; on the precipice of life and death; the past, the present, and the future; on the edge of an abyss going nowhere-fast.
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Her heroins are strong and adult, strong and fragile and they completely own their sexuality as they own their choices. In a sea of books with childlike heroins this is really refreshing! Her books are usually more expensive but they are worth it. And there are no abs in the cover (thanks god for that).
This story, like all of her stories is about how we human beings at the same time need and fight true connection between ourselves. It is about having someone fighting to help us overcame our fears.
It's a real story and it shows brilliantly the impact our parents have on our self image and self esteem and how we project this impact into the world.
It really moved me and I found myself highlighting passages and mode passages.
THE LIST is a slow burn as two lives collide and unfold. Tilda is an incredibly complex woman who is both highly successful, yet internally flawed. Her ability to match others is ironic since she avoids relationships. Her love of incredible stationery and the permanence of a hand-written note contrasts with her attitudes towards relationships, which are temporary at best.
Daniel is a fabulous leading man -- an FBI agent who has spent his life solving puzzles and figuring people out. He has met his match in Tilda. Coming from a home where love was a given and his siblings were taught how to create long lasting relationships, Daniel has much to offer Tilda.
"He was running eight miles in a sharp February wind because he like the hard things, the harder the better, the more complicated and puzzling, the better. Challenges fed him." Tilda will be his ultimate challenge, but she is more than just a project for him. This is a man who has met his soul mate and is willing to do what it takes for her to see that. What is more romantic than that?
For anyone who has known the difficulty of a mother-daughter relationship or the love of a grandmother, there is something here to drawn you in as well. Nan is an incredible secondary character.
Anne weaves the most beautiful metaphors into her story. Tilda meets an artist who creates pamplisests; turning her decades old journals into original works of art. The historical idea of taking a wax tablet or manuscript and scraping it down to create something new becomes a fabulous analogy for how we can do that with out own lives.
"Everything we've done and been is scraped over, melted down, but remains a part of what we become." Tilda sees only her original life's manuscript. Daniel offers her the chance to use her past to create something new.
I have just finished reading this novel for the third time in the course of a year. I was extremely surprised that I hadn't left a review the first time I read it and even more stunned to see that there were only twelve reviews at the time of this writing.
Don't be put off by the price. This is a novel to savor and reread. As opposed to the many books that you finish and forget, THE LIST is story to be cherished.
If you enjoyed Calhoun's BREATH ON EMBERS, you will love THE LIST. If you thought this novel was beautiful, but haven't read Breath on Embers, make that your next purchase.