Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Book Review: Loving Annalise (Gabriel Contsans)

Loving Annalise
by: Gabriel Contsans

Genres: Romance, Erotica
(contains sexual content)

After years of poverty, heartbreak, loss and betrayal, Tomas enters Annalise's world and shatters the iron casing she's erected around her heart. Tomas is kind, intelligent, romantic and handsome, but he's also her husband's brother! Once Tomas and Annalise meet, they are forever intertwined and repeatedly ripped apart by fate, self-doubt and blackmail. Her husband, Jens, is a brilliant, jealous and manipulative scoundrel who keeps her psychologically under lock and key, until her passion for Tomas sets her free.


Loving Annalise, is a tragic love story, with a happy ending.  I feel as though Annalise never considered following her mother's footsteps, until she looked down and realized that she was standing on top of them.  She truly believed that she was in love with Jens, and despite the way that her family felt about him she was determined to make their relationship work......until she met Tomas.  The connection that she and Tomas felt was instantaneous and from that moment it became obvious to them that they were destined to be together, but sometimes (more times than not) life isn't a fairy tale.  
Annalise came across as a victim of circumstance.  She is one which many women can relate.  She portrayed the ugly truth of why it's sometimes just easier to stay.  I was able to see her evolve as the book progressed, and the moment that she decided to put her happiness ahead of everything else made me admire her even more. 
Jens, on the other hand, easily became a character that I loved to hate.  He was selfish and emotionally abusive.  I'm not really sure why he insisted that Annalise stay with him, considering his extracurricular activities.  His lack of loyalty and love had me hoping that someone....anyone would come along and treat Annalise much better.  I'm not sure how he and Tomas came from the same parents, because they definitely didn't grow up and treat others the same. 

I feel obligated to include that this book was ALL over the place.  It was very hard to follow and didn't really get to the point, where I didn't want to put it down, until I was 60% through the book. It contained so much background information that, at times, it was overwhelming.  I would have loved for the story's climax to have come sooner, so that I could have experienced more of Annalise & Tomas's happily ever after.  

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