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Official Review: A Long Dark Rainbow by Michael Tappenden

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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "A Long Dark Rainbow" by Michael Tappenden.]
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A Long Dark Rainbow, by Michael Tappenden, is a romance novel that follows the story of two intriguing characters, Alex James and Samantha “Sam” Reagan. It is a romance story that is 40 years in the making and begins when Alex meets Sam, just for a moment, at her and her husband's dinner party. They meet again 40 years later in a charity shop where Sam works, but this time, Samantha is divorced. One date becomes two, then three, and they begin to fill a void in each other's lives. However, physical, emotional, mental, and sexual connections hardly ever come without complications.

Picking up this book, I must admit that I had a lot of questions about how the relationship between Alex and Samantha as older people would work out, especially seeing that this is an erotic novel. However, Michael Tappenden created an exciting story that kept me asking for more until the end. I firmly believe that this book deserves the maximum rating of 4 out of 4.

The author's slow-paced, in-depth, and poetic style of descriptive writing, especially in the erotic scenes, was the first thing I was drawn to in this book. Michael attempts to give the reader enough time to soak in the perfect pictures of emotions, events, and places he paints. He also gives us the occasional peek at the main characters' thoughts. This made relating to the main characters very easy, as I could understand them individually and feel how they felt. It set the stage for the fantastic character development that was maintained throughout the book.

While erotic novels usually focus mostly on explicit sexual interactions, A Long Dark Rainbow goes deep into the personalities of Alex and Samantha. It was engaging seeing them learn more about themselves, including their past lives, ways they have grown over the years, and their secrets. The level of suspense that accompanied revealing secrets was also interesting to experience. Readers will also get to learn a lot from their insightful conversations. One conversation that stood out to me centered around the comparison between the words “f**k” and “love,” which detailed how the former is more exciting and versatile, and the latter brings things to a hazy conclusion.

Furthermore, I delved into the artistic side of Alex, and just like Samantha, I was curious to learn more from Alex's wealth of knowledge on art. It was apparent that a lot of research was put into this part of the book. Readers will encounter Twombly paintings, the “Jimson Weed / White Flower No.1,” and many other beautiful pieces of art. I found Alex's interpretations of these works of art very interesting.

I also found A Long Dark Rainbow to be exceptionally well-edited. While I found one minor error, my reading flow was maintained throughout. The story comes together perfectly with a nice twist at the end. I can also say that there was nothing I disliked about the book. I would recommend this book to lovers of romance novels. The erotic scenes and profane words included in the book means that it won't be suitable for a younger audience.

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Post by Stephanie Elizabeth »

This sounds like an intriguing, romantic book with well-developed characters. I like that the book includes their first meeting and then fate has them coming together forty years later. Thanks!

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I was looking for a good romantic book so this is perfect! Thank you for the amazing review!
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While I’m not a fan of erotic novels, I can definitely imagine that this book has an audience. In particular, its focus on the personalities of the two characters is a nice feature, and the basic premise of their meeting again is quite sweet. Nice job with your review.

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It looks like an interesting romantic book of how two strangers can find love in each other despite their ages or social situation. Great Review!

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Thanks for the insightful review. This is one I'd love to read

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Am a great fun of character driven novel. I believe this romantic story will met my expectations.

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Post by Joseph_ngaruiya »

The book's title caught my attention. Concerning your review, this must be a good read of the romantic genre.
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I like that this book doesn't focus on erotic scenes and attempts to give an in-depth understand into both characters' individuality. I am definitely open to reading this book. The secrets are also something to look forward to.

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Post by Star blessed1 »

The title caught my attention and I think it's a nice story
But it's not usual for fate to bring people back fourth years after but in this case it's rather nice
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It's so interesting that the author adopted poetic writing style in his description of erotic scenes.
Great review!
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Post by Maxwil1 »

It's a very good review.
I'm imagining the romance of older man and woman who are above 70years.
I'm thinking how they would start kissing, doing all things in their age.
I'm curious now to get the entire book so that I understand for myself how they kept the fire burning them.....4/4 you re right

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Post by diana lowery »

I just finished reading a romance that had some beautifully written erotic scenes. Like you, I found it easier to accept them because of the descriptive prose. Normally, I do not like those types of novels. The fact that the lovemaking was secondary to the storyline also was a plus. Unlike your book, however, the one I read was not well-edited.

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prospero360 wrote:
11 Jun 2020, 09:45
[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "A Long Dark Rainbow" by Michael Tappenden.]
The author's slow-paced, in-depth, and poetic style of descriptive writing, especially in the erotic scenes, was the first thing I was drawn to in this book. Michael attempts to give the reader enough time to soak in the perfect pictures of emotions, events, and places he paints. He also gives us the occasional peek at the main characters' thoughts. This made relating to the main characters very easy, as I could understand them individually and feel how they felt. It set the stage for the fantastic character development that was maintained throughout the book.
These elements are my criteria in reading a book. Thanks for this review! I bet this is a good one.

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Post by Kenesha L Fowler »

Hmm, I do like the sound of this one. I'm intrigued by the characters being older than I'm used to reading about. And this was a lovely review. Thank you.
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