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The Truth About Love: A Novel About Finding Your (More Than) One by [Scheff, Liam]
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"Is anybody really monogamous?" That's the question on the mind of Will, a 32-year-old graphic artist working at the bottom rung of a Boston ad agency using his artistic skill to promote juice drinks, while he secretly dreams of painting large canvases like his heroes Alphonse Mucha and Gustav Klimt.

He's on the run from a broken heart, still feeling the sting of the break-up with his California girlfriend, who he loved, even though she also loved other women, (which made him run all the way across the country). Now he's back in his old hometown palling around with good time friends, but longing for some truer romance. When he meets the perfect girl at work, she invites him into an exotic arrangement, but he's not sure can keep up.

He's cheered on by his drinking buddy Declan, a local bar manager, a source of endless trouble, and it's only his new best friend Helen who keeps his feet on the ground.

In this novel about love, sex and romance, the truth is revealed to look nothing like the storybook version, as Will is left to wonder: Is anybody really monogamous? And deep down, is he?

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In this novel by "Official Stories" author Liam Scheff, you're invited into a world that you'll immediately recognize. In this fictionalized but semi-autobiographical account, we discover that true romance does not require exotic vacations, expensive hotel rooms, or movie-star looks or lines. It occurs without warning, at work, in cars and subways, in elevators and on bridges, at bars and parties, in apartments and on walks and talks with friends and lovers.

The book playfully takes on the controversial subjects of non-monogamy, threesomes, bisexuality and more, in a loose, convivial atmosphere, allowing the reader to experience the thoughts and feelings of the characters, their doubts and insecurities, and the love that keeps them going, and coming back for more.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Tauremini (4 March 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00TYWKMNU
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #217,172 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Love the writers style, witty, descriptive and very endearing.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One man navigates the treacherous waters of love, sex and friendship - simultaneously. 5 March 2015
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RIP, Liam. You are sorely missed and were loved by too many to number. (Edited 4/6/2017)

I devoured this book. It was compelling and the descriptions were just right....detailed enough to maintain flow and interest...not so detailed that I, as a reader, skipped over anything. I enjoyed the vignettes...for example, when Will and Helen were cooking. I even learned a few things as I'm not a great cook myself. The easy banter and teamwork between the two made me feel I might just walk into the scene at sit at the table with them.

I felt drawn into Will's world as I read. I could see it, experience it. I was surprised and gratified at Will's depth, his consideration for the feelings of others. His inner turmoil to do the right thing....or take advantage of a situation in a selfishly sexual way. The sexual descriptions were intriguing, hot - yet tasteful. I wouldn't want my 12 year old reading it, but obviously that's not the target audience. (and if I did catch her reading it, I wouldn't feel like she was scarred forever...)

I loved reading it for pleasure and the tempo really pulled me along. I haven't read many books in this genre in a looonng time. I'm a non-fiction kind of gal. But I _really_ enjoyed it. At first, the format of the conversations distracted me....lacking the he said/she replied language in the text. However, I think the author did a damn good job of making the speaker clear through the dialogue. I found myself a couple of times rereading a conversation in order to make clear who said what. I felt the dialogue flowed much better without all the extraneous text one typically finds in novels.

The author definitely left me wanting more. I didn't feel like the plug had been pulled on me...I think he left the story at a good closure point. But as I noticed the page numbers increasing towards the end of the book, I felt a sadness based on my connection to Will...I wanted to know him more. I certainly hope that there will be more chapters written about Will, more books, more for the author to share.

I really felt Will's struggle with monogamy, with loyalty, with Helen's feelings. How to keep something as precious as the stability and nurturing that a relationship with her provided while simultaneously connecting with other women on a sexual level. I had the impression that none of them could provide what Helen did, yet the fear of officially bringing "proper sex" into the relationship might destroy what gave Will the most pleasure.

Thank you to the author for creating a book that was for me a guilty pleasure. Knowing that it is, at least in part, autobiographical, I am awed that the author, Liam Scheff, could open up so much....I think it shows tremendous courage. I have already recommended this book to my friends and - through this review, I highly recommend it to YOU.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Honest and Lively Novel 5 March 2015
By Julie - Published on Amazon.com
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“The Truth About Love (2015),” by Author Liam Scheff, speaks to the desire for self-discovery, love and friendship in many persons going through the 'journeys' of life. This novel is discussed through the point of view of a semi-fictional character named Will. He is an Artist and advertising employee, in his thirties living in Boston. He is trying to figure out his love-life and waither he, or anyone, is monogamous. He is also trying to navigate friendships and work relationships while exploring new options and ideals in his life.

Through Will's wit and introspection Readers' are taken along on his colorfully descriptive, and often fun, journey. This happens via the meeting of many other interesting characters and the explanations of life-events and travels. Scheff introduces some character details a bit later in the readings...after the initial character introductions...I like that. There are 'scenes' in the novel that are moving and humorous-never boring. There are rich and unique descriptions, like this one, on page 63: “I had a strange feeling in my stomach like I’d just been given an expensive, finely knit sweater in beautiful colors and rare material, but I was afraid it might be a little tight, and I wasn’t sure if I could stretch it enough to fit me.” Lines like these really help Readers' gain a sense of Will's personality and a feeling for how the text is 'moving' along.

It reads in a very welcoming and conversational manner. There are some lovely, easy recipes discussed within the food preparation scenes of the novel. These recipe scenes often take place in the home of Will and Helen-which is depicted as warm and inviting. The relationship between the characters of Helen and Will felt like the central one with moving and refreshing conversations. The conversations with Will's pal Declan were very genuine as well.

The sexual 'scenes' were humorous and the mixture of the profane and the sexual, that they contained, made for a realistic portrayal of romance. The novel is 'framed' in such a well-formed descriptive format that Will's 'world' quickly can become beautiful and 'alive' in the mind's eye of the Reader. This novel is well worth the read.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Romance Novel I ever read. Real and True. 5 March 2015
By J Webster - Published on Amazon.com
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Liam gives us an intimate glimpse of one man’s journey into discovering that, maybe he isn’t monogamous after all. The book is full of raw honesty that makes you feel all the feels –and get a little hot at times. You’ll instantly love and relate to the characters. Liam’s writing is funny and smart and it all flows naturally. The Truth About Love is a page turner that you won’t be able to put down. More, give us more! I hope this isn't the last we read of Will.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A revealing, captivating book that carries a message to release inner inhibitions about sharing some personal human experiences 7 December 2015
By Sandra - Published on Amazon.com
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Read this book if you want to be inspired to expand your human horizons on true honesty and human love (with its many shades) and the important link that these two elements of human life have with each other. Liam Scheff expresses this link as purely as humanly possible in his respectfully somewhat fictionalized personal story. Though he appears to have the inherent courage to write at such a personal level, if he had to overcome any inhibitions, his knack to charm us with his exceptional writing skills masks any reservations that he may have had.

In noticing his seemingly effortless courage, I was reminded that we all don’t necessarily have to have the same experiences—and, thus, the courage to have them--to reach the same destination in our personal journeys. We just have to continue to bravely act on our inherent desires and abilities to share our personal experiences with others—to be inspired to be more authentic human beings—to contribute to the overall growth of our species.

Such sharing inspires internal contemplation in readers or listeners as well as open discussions amongst them for potential benefit to many as he clearly reminds us. If you feel that you might need his talents to generate some more courage to also be a sharer, while being thoroughly entertained in the process, then I encourage you to read this book. His entertainment comes from not just providing details of his experiences but also his detailed reaction to them, which can’t be clearly understood without providing the details of his experiences. Thus, his reactions and opinions about his experiences are the reason why we want to finish this book as much as, if not more than, the details of his experiences themselves.

Without the desire, willingness and courage to evaluate or analyze our experiences in an open, accepting environment or atmosphere, we can’t easily grow as human beings. This book, thus, serves, in its own right, as a groundbreaking platform for sharing and discussing the somewhat still hidden or reserved nature of human relationships offered by a talented, male writer and leader in multiple, diverse fields and disciplines of life. But, it can only fulfill this particular purpose, (amongst a few) for its existence, if you read it. I am confident that you won’t be disappointed.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Truth About Casual Sex…at last 8 March 2015
By Linnae - Published on Amazon.com
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What could seem at first as a ‘let me show you my etchings’ tale of free love and a single artist in 1990s Boston gradually expands into something more significant. Those of us who lived as single urbanites in our twenties and thirties may relate especially to protagonist Will Miller's desire to have and not own, to try all things or at least consider them, and to be in an almost perpetual state of sifting for the meaning in any of it.

Pew Research points out that Gen X was the first generation where the majority (64%) eschewed the expectations of marriage, mortgage, and children for the single life until the age 32. Many chose that path for good reasons, their own parents’ failed or failing marriage not least among them. (Main characters Will and Helen bond over this commonality.) With so many conventions of adulthood thrown onto the scrap heap, where does love fit in, especially in a group of very single, very sexual adults where every tepid desire is easily, although not particularly meaningfully, fulfilled? The title and author's introduction suggest we're about to find out.

For all of his ruminating over an intense, passion-fueled relationship that ended and spurred his move to Boston, Will fails to land on what was so consequential to its demise: He had started fooling around with other women and then confessed as much to his then-girlfriend Jessica. Soon after his disclosures—when Jessica came to know the real Will—she emotionally detached herself, found a new special someone, and extended the thoroughly unhypocritical offer of sharing her physical affections. (Turns out, she thought the sex part was worth keeping around, too.) It’s a deal he can’t stand and won’t make, although why remains unclear. Maybe Will's version of free love isn't allowed for the women he's seeing.

Only one character, Marie, ever hints at a loving, secure relationship being the goal, and she’s portrayed as needy and emotionally unstable as she copes with the news of her ailing father. Her romantic partner, Declan, a flagrant philanderer and man-about-bar, is the most unlikely person to shoulder her crisis and yet he does, proving himself to be not entirely unreliable, even though you can almost hear him wincing through it. It is equal parts he-didn't-sign-up-for-this-but-can't-ditch-now as well as maybe-he-needs-her-love-too. The question lingers.

When one sexually charged and seemingly self-assured young woman, Caroline the Perfect, makes herself available to Will (yes, she let him show her his etchings), her beauty becomes teetotaler Will’s greatest intoxicant. It lasts for a short while before we learn that she is a troubled soul, first sexual at a very young age and quick to learn the sad truth that there is currency in her beauty, enough to eventually become a stockbroker’s plaything and live in his fabulous Back Bay bachelor’s pad. Caroline, mired in a bad situation, makes a break for a more normal and happy life, and here Will is at his most telling. He doesn’t try to help her, he only suggests that she stay in town to, presumably, keep their affair going. She moves away and he concludes lukewarmly, “I think I’m going to miss her.”

Will’s surest anchor is his friend-mother-wife roommate, Helen, a noble librarian by day who sits at home with her nose in a book by night. What she doesn’t do for him physically (Will never contemplates her features, only her practical sleeping apparel), she makes up for with kindness, patience, and the willingness to listen. They share meals and sordid tales of their lives. They watch movies together and give each other friendly massages. He seems tied to her proverbial apron strings, and she seems to suffer the indignity of being physically invisible to him with a resolute grace.

“Given just a little bit of intimacy, people do love each other,” declares Will and he believes it, but this love he speaks of might be better defined as "appreciation." It is not bullet-taking stuff—none of his affairs come close to that level—and the one person for whom he would surely take a bullet, Helen, fails to appear within his lustful gaze. (That said, even though Will admits that he doesn't want to have sex with Helen, they do, just as friends who cuddle and have poorly drawn boundaries will eventually.) Do we ever get to the truth about love? Well, not being attracted to the person you love most and who happens to be your best friend…that kinda stinks. That's a solid truth.

Scheff is a very gifted writer. In Will’s quest for meaning in life, Scheff imbues it with as much poetry as explicit reality. The increasingly exquisite, nuanced scenes and observations soon feel more like fact than fiction, and they’re oftentimes enthralling. Read it to remember the last days before cell phones, when time spent alone and in thought was the norm. Men may find much that rings true in the novel and women will enjoy a glimpse inside the mind of a man whose nature is to really (really!) appreciate the one he's with.