RUINED BY MURDER ADDICTED TO LOVE
Ronald Joseph Kule
Carlos Almarón is about to pop the question. Instead, he is dumped, pushing him into a confused and nearly fatal tailspin. Devastated, smoldering in the ruins of his loss, he yearns to know why he has once again lost at love.
Only with the help of a sympathetic friend and her late husband’s marriage journal and romance novels does he begin to understand how to recover, and what are the keys true love and real romance.
Almarón’s adventurous research takes him back to the era of knighthood and courtly love, dredging up old memories. His daydreams and nightmares forcibly recount his pubescent trials with sexual awakening and sophomoric escapades with the opposite sex, while awakening deeply embedded thoughts about ethics, relationships, and a jumbled mix of emotions he cannot easily escape.
Carmela Ariana, Almarón’s lifelong, platonic friend weathers a far different gauntlet of sexual and romantic hardships arguably more difficult than his.
A victim of fatherly abuse, she rebounds through several partners, including a connection she has kept secret from Almarón: her intimate relationship with her beautiful, college roommate Emily Logano, a Mafioso’s daughter… also Almarón’s would-be fiancée!
Emily’s murder – known only to Carmela at first – is the catalyst that brings the two friends together under difficult circumstances.
In the wake of these events, Almarón and Ariana seek answers about life and love, but for different reasons. Working together, they uncover not only what happened the night his plan for marriage spun to a jarring halt and how and why Emily lost her life, but also a portal that brings Cupid to each of them… when and where they least expect love.
Almarón’s and Ariana’s journey to love is a microcosm of anyone’s uncharted pathway from childhood through puberty to sexually active adulthood and the sanctity of real romance, true love and marriage.
Ruined by Murder Addicted to Love is a rollicking, thought-provoking and emotional roller-coaster ride, and a five-star read for both women and men!
© 2015 by Ronald Joseph Kule and KuleBooks LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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