His Thousand Romances
- Author: Jasmine Lawi
- Genre: Romance
- Publication Date: September 30, 2022
- Publisher: Independently Published
Thank you to Jasmine Lawi for sending me a copy of this book. I am providing my honest opinion voluntarily.
CONTENT WARNING: violence, blood, murder, gore
Yonder across, two baby angels shout, “Ease thy nature!” and he listened.
Massimo doesn’t always obey will and grace.
He is enraptured by sex and murder, and his passion matches romantic euphoria.
His romances are replete with vice and erupt before World War II. They are later intensified by the passing of time.
Imagine yourself on a magic carpet ride traveling time in and out of escapades.
These are His Thousand Romances.
The description definitely piqued my interest, with elements of historical fiction, magical realism, and romance bordering on erotica. Plus, with the smoking hot cover, how could I say no to the chance to read this book?
The story is broken up into ten very different chapters, featuring the same man, Massimo, in a variety of different situations, places, and times. They’re short chapters, and it feels more like a collection of short stories linked by the main character. As such, we don’t get a lot of insight into who he really is or what motivates him, other than his base desires for sex and violence. We also don’t get any understanding of how he winds up in all of these different settings.
It’s a fast read, and it’s fast-paced. This is the kind of book that can be read in a single sitting, and I got swept up into the story. It doesn’t wait to build up to any of the action, but begins everything early, pulling the reader directly into Massimo’s storyline. Over the course of the first couple of chapters, we learn about who Massimo is, and the vague outline of what he does, along with the setting he is in for each chapter.
As the book goes on, we get to see the women that he encounters, as well as some of the situations that he is in. Initially, he’s in WWII-era Europe, and has some travels throughout different areas of the continent, but his location shifts, not just spatially, but also in time.
I enjoyed reading this, and getting swept up in the passion and action of these stories. Lawi has a great talent for writing, and a way with her words to create these vivid pictures in such a compact little book. However, I would have loved to learn more about who Massimo is, what makes him tick, and even more about his backstory. By the end of the book, I found myself sad to say goodbye, and wishing that there was more to this story. Overall, this was a fascinating story, and I’ll be looking forward to reading more of Lawi’s work in the future.
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