Friday, March 22, 2024

✱✱Audio Book Review✱✱ Requiem for Love Duet by Claudia Burgoa


Reminders of Her
A Decker Family Novel
(Requiem for Love, Book 1)
By: Claudia Burgoa
Narrated by: Erin Mallon, Aaron Shedlock, Lee Samuels & Samantha Brentmoor

From USA Today bestselling author Claudia Burgoa comes an achingly poignant tale—an exquisite Why Choose? An MMF polyamorous romance told partially in epistolary-style that promises a rollercoaster of emotions, bringing together love, loss, and the unabating pull of the past. 

This wasn’t the typical boy meets girl story.

In our case, it was extraordinary: a boy met a girl and another boy. 

And he fell madly in love with both.

Greyson was a gifted musician whose songs soothed even the most shattered souls. 

Aerin was a ballerina, exuding an elegance that could steal your breath away.

They weren’t just my loves. 

They were my reason to breathe—my world.

Until a tragedy broke us into a thousand pieces.

Now, years later, I'm left haunted by Greyson's melodies and the fragmented echoes of our shared past.

Just as I’m learning to breathe again, our history is flung into the public eye.

An agonizingly intimate memoir has surfaced, putting our past on full display.

I find myself drawn to Greyson, desperate to shield him from reminders of her.

As we navigate the stinging wounds of our history, we’re on a mission to find the person who ripped the bandages of our past.

Is there a chance this could lead us to something more—a way to fill the void left by her absence?

Because finding her is impossible… isn’t it?

Reminders of Her is the enthralling first book in the Requiem for Love duet. Prepare yourself for a breathtaking, slow-burn romance that culminates in a heart-stopping cliffhanger. 

This novel will leave you gasping, aching, and craving for more.

Momma Says: 5 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I've read stories told in epistolary style before, but I don't recall any having such an impact as Reminders of Her. The story moves back and forth as we get the book and the memories, and my heart broke so many times for these characters - and for more reasons than I can explain here without giving too much away. The story has a tone that is absolutely beautiful and full of so many emotions. The blurb promises a heart-stopping cliffhanger, and Claudia Burgoa certainly delivers. I never doubt her ability to pull me in with lovable characters and a terrific story, but this one exceeded even what I expected. And that's with the cliffy! It's a whopper, and it hasn't left my mind for long since I read it. As a matter of fact, I expect this duet to be one that stays with me for years to come, and I expect to come back and visit over the years as well. We also get the added bonus of visits with some past favorites, something I always look forward to from this author.
I could say more, but I'd rather just leave it with a solid recommendation. I'd say dive in without checking out any spoilers and just soak it all in. I'd be willing to bet you'll love these characters as much as I do.
Reading Reminders of Her was an emotional rollercoaster, and I didn't think I could be affected any more by the audio than I was when I actually read the words. I. Was. Wrong. Erin Mallon, Aaron Shedlock, Lee Samuels, and Samantha Brentmoor absolutely gave me chills with their performances. One word that struck me several times while reading was haunting. So much of the story has that feel to it, and these narrators did a terrific job with that tone. Whether you read it or listen to it, you can't go wrong with this duet.

The Symphony of Us
A Decker Family Novel
(Requiem for Love, Book 2)
By: Claudia Burgoa
Narrated by: Erin Mallon, Aaron Shedlock & Lee Samuels

From the ashes of heartbreak rises the Symphony of Us.

USA Today bestselling author Claudia Burgoa brings us The Symphony of us, the compelling conclusion to the Requiem for Love duet. A poignant exploration of a second chance at love, Why Choose? Relationships are as exhilarating and everlasting as a melody of the past.

Love is like a drug: dangerously intoxicating and addictively powerful.

As a recovering addict, I know this too well.

But how can I do it when Sanford and Aerin, my first loves—my unforgettable heartbreak—are back?

Not only are they back, but Sanford insists Aerin needs us.

He wants us to help her as we melt the shattered fragments of our hearts and become one—three hearts, one love.

I should resist them.

I understand the dangerous allure they—and love—have over me.

I can’t risk falling back into old habits, having them become my everything once again.

My love for them was my downfall, and the aftermath nearly destroyed me.

But she needs us.

And the symphony of us has begun to play its second movement.

Will it be a requiem of our past or a triumphant anthem of love rediscovered and bonds reaffirmed?

The Symphony of Us is an unforgettable journey of emotional self-discovery, healing, and the resounding power of love. This is the conclusion to the Requiem for Love duet, a finale that promises an ending that resonates with the melody of true love.

Momma Says: 5 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

When I finished the first book in this duet, I said I expected this to be a story that stays with me for years to come. Now that I've turned the last page and read the last words of this journey (and it is definitely a journey), I'm even more convinced that I'll be visiting with these characters again and again. The blurb for this second book promises a compelling conclusion, and that's about as apt a description as I can think of - The whole Requiem for Love duet is a thoroughly compelling romance from the very first sentence to the last. The characters get under your skin in a way that doesn't happen often, and they take you on that journey with them. If you don't read another romance this year, read this duet. It's a beautiful story of healing, forgiveness, and finding your person (or persons).
The narration for The Symphony of Us is everything I hoped and then some. Reading the duet was thoroughly emotional, and I felt like I made every step of the aforementioned journey with the characters. Then I made the same journey again as I listened, and Erin Mallon, Aaron Shedlock, and Lee Samuels had me hanging on every word even though I already knew what was going to happen. If that doesn't say something about how good these narrators are, I don't know what will. So, if you haven't had the pleasure of reading and/or listening to this duet, I'd highly recommend it.

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