Millennial Carlos Almarón struggles to live past the devastating and unexpected loss of his long-time lover, who dumps him just as he was to propose to her.
When he is unable to come back to battery, his jet-set-lifestyle, Manhattan friends abandon him, except for three women, who aim to help his recovery, each for their own very different reasons.
One is rebounding from the recent death of her husband after a long illness; another, a deja-vu devotee, senses the possibility of a predestined, romantic liaison; and Carmela Ariana, a childhood, tomboy friend of Almarón’s, walks among the wounded-in-love after coming-of-age abuses have nearly shattered all of her hopes of ever finding real love and romance.
Ariana alone knows why Almarón’s lover rejected him, and what happened to her after, but she fears the truth will devastate her longtime friend and push him away forever.
Almarón’s journey brings him and these friends through a series of haphazard events, leading to the brink of their finding brand-new lovers, but only after he traverses a tightrope of daydreams and nightmares that take him as far back as the 11th century and through his attempts at sexual escapades with himself and would-be lovers in his pubescent and collegiate years.
The process brings him to understand what he cherishes most about men and women, and especially his closest friend Ariana.
If finding everlasting love means each of us having to face intimate truths about ourselves no matter how hard or strange, then Almarón’s and Ariana’s story can teach us how to trust each other in the name of peace and love.
In truth, we all seek the kind of romance these two hapless people crave. And everyone faces the same omnipresent choice in the war of the sexes: to rise above the fray and win love against all odds, or fail in the attempt.
The winding road that takes Almarón and Ariana by surprise time after time also makes “Ruined by Murder Addicted to Love” a surprisingly wonderful, emotional roller-coaster, five-star read.