Having been surrounded her entire life by men who could easily pass off as Greek gods, 24-year-old post-graduate student Diana Leventis has long thought herself immune to male beauty… until, that is, a gorgeous, devastatingly sexy blond in tweeds saves her from being run over by a wagon full of daisies.
When she meets him again, she thinks it’s fate… especially when he turns out to be her professor, and she catches him pleasuring himself in his office.
She’s always thought of herself as shy, timid, and boring, but when confronted by the evidence of his desire and the sensual blaze of Professor Matthijs de Graaf’s leonine eyes…
Diana just had to ask: That’s for me. It’s it?
Genre: NA Romance Fiction
Title: Truly, Madly, Deeply
Author: Marian Tee
The last time I read a book by Marian Tee was August of 2017. She’s always messed with my head and heart and a break was thoroughly needed. I’m pretty sure I should still stay away, but when I heard that this book was something different, I decided to start up again with this novel.
It was definitely different. The story still centered around their love for each other, but there were a lot more serious issues that forced themselves in the center, making them choose between the heart and what was ‘right’. Without spoiling too much, I’ll say that they hit it off right away, and rather than watching them figure out if they loved/wanted to be with each other, we had two people fighting to stay together for reasons I won’t spoil.
Now time for the spoilers
I am not a patient reader when it comes to drama. Some drama I can deal with, but I’m at a point in my life where there’s only so much nonsense I can take before I get impatient and my eyes start skimming for a change of pace or the outcome I’m constantly being promised. Tee writes very dramatically, but in a slow way that demands you savor it. I managed to read it all with a mild headache, but what really made this thing precious to me was the message she tried to carry out in her own writing style.
Suicide. Pain. Illness. There’s a lot I actually don’t want to spoil, but what Diana has to write about in school really touched me. Her building thesis on giving suicidal people someone to care about enough to live was interesting. Her professors and members of the Church, of course, helped her through the process of figuring out what was insensitive and appropriate. The conclusion she comes to in the end was just as sweet (sorry won’t say what it is) and I thought it ended things right.
The whole thing was an interesting read, in general. Nothing carnal really provoked me, but because of the sensitive topics, I really got into it mentally. Diana’s thesis is something I’ve often thought about on a personal level, and it added to the slight fear I had when reading this, hoping nothing bad would happen.
If you’re a fan of Marian Tee, I think this is something you should read. It’s mildly different, tackling on topics important to the author, but the writing’s still that slow dramatic style that forces you to go easy on the accelerator and really take in all the little things that a human being has to offer. I’m going to go bother the author now and write to her about my thoughts but otherwise, I encourage you to check this out and see how you feel about it. If you’re still hesitating, at least read it for the mind-blowing end that had me crying.