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on June 13th 2013
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“No one, she thought, had ever understood the nature of love…how love went beyond flutters in the heart, pining and yearning, or even beyond hatred and loathing.
Love runs blood deep; permanent, inescapable.”
Tabitha never believed that the hardcore rock artist who had dominated her fantasies and haunted her dreams would actually feel the same, powerful connection to her. Driven to him by an irreconcilable force that she couldn’t conquer, Tabitha finds herself in the embrace of a man who is both her soul mate and her spiritual opposite. Together, they bind each other’s hearts, recklessly ignoring the fatal imperfections of their relationship in a desperate attempt to fulfill their soul’s desire. When their frustrations towards sex, commitment, and monogamy mount to a tempestuous climax and threaten to destroy their union, both must make a decision about the extent to which they are willing to sacrifice in devotion to the other. Requiem for the Fallen is an experiment in the boundaries of love. It is a tale of choices, redemption, and the childlike hope that believes in a power that can change even the most damaged of hearts.
*Recommended for Adults and Mature Teens, as it contains some language and scenes of sensuality.
This is my second experience with Tabitha (as far as I know, anyway… you never can tell when it comes to a pen name). It’s really a fascinating experience to read an author’s works in reverse. This was published several years ago, and in that brief time between novels, Tabitha has grown immensely.
Here everything and nothing would pass between them. Here it was all a lie.
I imagine that Tabitha’s writing won’t be for everyone. It’s darkly realistic, fitting into contemporary romance but with a spiritual and philosophical undertone. Admittedly, there were parts that were completely beyond my understanding. The style teeters somewhere between poetry and prose and I found myself highlighting quotes left and right!
She felt weighed down and senseless, her insides lit up in flames, craving violence, craving bruises, as long as they were his bruises.
It’s written in a 3rd person omniscient POV, which usually bothers me, but in this case I found that Tabitha had pulled it off. There was a perfect balance between characters. The story follows Tabitha (Tabs) into an unlikely romance with a rock star. Though she stands in stark contrast with him, being religious and pure, they are compulsively drawn to each other. I was worried that this would read like love-at-first-sight, and the first chapter felt exactly like that. The main difference would be that this couple doesn’t ride off into the sunset, happily ever after. I spent half the book hoping they would work things out, and half wishing she would leave his selfish ass behind! Talk about conflict! Tabitha Vohn pinpoints perfectly the toxicity and imperfection of love.
The distance between them was a phantom chasm, an endless precipice of wanting.
There were whole parts of the story that I felt were missing. The story leaps ahead months at a time, and I felt like there was so much that I would have enjoyed reading about. The story itself is fairly short, and it could easily be extended into a full length novel. I guess it boils down to… I want more! I will definitely be keeping an eye on this author!
“The victory is not important. It’s what’s lost in the battle that matters.”