Title: Tales From Cushman Row: A Compendium of Love
Author: Suanne Laqueur
Release Date: December 12th, 2017
“Come here, you moron.”
For fans of the Venery series, author Suanne Laqueur offers a compendium of love scenes—unpublished chapters, character sketches and assorted reflections about Javier Landes and Steffen Finch. A treat to skim through, skip around and linger over at leisure. Like caviar.
For people who like this sort of thing, this is the sort of thing they will like. Contains adults in adult situations using adult language and a f**k-ton of gratuitous boning. No socks required. Batteries sold separately.
“Why do I like when you call me a moron,” Jav said.
Stef smiled. “Because the moron in me recognizes the moron in you.”
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Reviewed by Rachel
It’s no secret amongst my book buddies the Venery series is one of my all-time favourites so when I heard Laqueur was releasing a Compendium book of deleted and alternative storylines for A Charm of Finches, I admit I was a little torn. Why you may ask; because for me the stories she wrote couldn’t be any more perfect. I thought these extras would dilute my feelings or at the very least, make me think differently about the characters she made me fall in love with. Nonetheless, held in my hands was more of Jav and Stef and I simply couldn’t pass up that chance once again to immerse myself in their world and maybe fall even deeper in love!
“I’ll hold your trust in my hands like it’s the best gift I’ve ever been given.”
What I really enjoyed about this book is that the author explains before each chapter why scenes were cut which gave you a deeper insight into her incredible writing. As readers, I think we sometimes take for granted the words which appear before us. It’s very obvious from the notes she provided she lived and breathed these characters. In fact, I think she should make an appointment with Stef! Or maybe read some Nietzsche as she recommends in the introduction.
“I love when you’re raw. I love when you’re sweet. I love when you talk dirty and I love when you cry. I love all of it.”
My main concern was I would read scenes where Jav and Stef were experiencing difficulties in their lives. Knowing Jav’s back story gave me reason for concern. However, the scenes I read just confirmed how absolutely perfectly matched they were. Jav’s endearing vulnerability came through more but it was matched equally with Stef’s love, patience and his sensitivity. I have to say some of the extra scenes in this book were beyond hot and intense.
“You know you have more of me than anyone else ever has.”
“I know. I’ll be really careful with it.”
If you’ve read and enjoyed the Venery books and feel you didn’t quite enough of Jav and Stef, and also a few others of these lovable characters, then I highly recommend reading this collection of scenes. I’d like to say a huge thank you to the author for sharing your notes with us. Ms Laqueur, I took your advice and found this quote which I think sums up the series perfectly…. “To live is to suffer; to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering.” A favourite quote by the man himself.
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A former professional dancer and teacher, Suanne Laqueur has gone from choreographing music to choreographing words. Her goal is to create a new kind of emotionally-intelligent romance that appeals to the passions of all readers, crossing gender, age and genre.
Laqueur’s debut novel The Man I Love won a gold medal in the 2015 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards and was named Best Debut in the Feathered Quill Book Awards. Her follow-up novel, Give Me Your Answer True, was also a gold medal winner at the 2016 RFBA.
Laqueur graduated from Alfred University with a double major in dance and theater. She taught at the Carol Bierman School of Ballet Arts in Croton-on-Hudson for ten years. An avid reader, cook and gardener, she started her blog EatsReadsThinks in 2010. Suanne lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband and two children.