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So many novels deal with romance from a female perspective, but here's a first in this reviewers experience. What's it like for a guy to learn how to woo a gal successfully? It's more than just learning how to have good sex; it's about how to form a meaningful relationship that grows and grows with deeper, satisfied love throughout the years! Now that's the UNIQUE quality of this fascinating story!
Keegan begins to think about girls at a very young age, and his first attempts at communication are both awkward and funny. After he learns about complimenting a girl, he runs out of conversation. So he adds to the complement, "Got to go." Hardly a recipe for long-lasting romance! So he begins to take the advice of his Aunt Silvia, including wisdom about complements, how to make conversation beyond surface comments, how to let some talk just be (funny example - following a girls comment about the beautiful scenery in a movie with "Because it's the end." Oops - insert foot in mouth! End of special moment!), and how to learn what is special to a woman and how to share what's special to him so she understands. On and on it goes - interspersed with some accounts of other guys who very clearly are interested in one thing and don't have a clue beyond the Self.
Then he meets Lynn and everything changes, including his need to ask for others' wisdom or even to tell too much to others about this very special relationship!
Overall beyond the splinters left behind with mistakes, this is a wonderful, beautiful book that teenage, middle age, and even older men should read - and women too. One can recover from splinters and even learn to cherish the thorns that lead to fulfilling intimacy!
Nice job, R. Fisher!
Reviewed by Viviane Crystal on March 20, 2007