Title: A Charm of Finches
Author: Suanne Laqueur
Genre: General Fiction/MM Romance
Type: Standalone Book 2 of Venery series
POV: Third Person
Expected Publication: November 1, 2017
“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 Veneryseries, A Charm of Finches is an epic tale of survival and secrets guaranteed to make you think and feel and remember.
ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.
Javier (Jav) Landes had an existential crisis. After being an escort for years, he was ready to move on and do something for himself. Lucky for him, opportunity came just at the right time.
Steffen (Stef) Finch directed lives on a daily basis. As a therapist, he helped his patients find connections and closure. But he never realized what his own life needed until he got a glimpse of how it could be.
Geronimo (Geno) Caan never thought a simple act would turn his life completly around. The nightmare of his past took him hostage and refused to let go. His road to recovery brought him head on with two men and their lives would forever be entangled.
“Remember you asked me once if I ever made love with a guy, and I said no?” Jav nodded. “Can’t say that anymore.”
I absolutely love Jav in book 1 and been looking forward to this book since then. While I enjoyed the book as a whole think his story was underplayed. I crave more connection and intensity between him and Stef.
When it became clear Geno wasn’t going to die anytime soon, it became clearer never living again was the only way to survive.
The star of this book was Geno. It was his journey coming full circle on a long, winding path. I felt everything for him, from wanting to hug him and cry with him, to strangle him with my bare hands.
“How did you endure it?”
“You tell me.”
“You made it happen to someone else,”
The book also brought up an import but less talked about real life issues. I could put myself in that situation and feel the pain and the frustrations. I also love the part where one character talked about humanity and the will to survive.
A Charm Of Finches follows the journey of three men toward self-actualization. It would appeal to readers who enjoy being immersed in poignant stories of real life struggles.
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A former professional dancer and teacher, Suanne Laqueur has gone from choreographing music to choreographing words. Her goal is to create a new kind of emotionally-intelligent romance that appeals to the passions of all readers, crossing gender, age and genre.
Laqueur’s 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.