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Reviewed by Sarah Stuart for Readers' Favorite
Liv Kalay Hernandez’ Raging Love is hidden by one of the most gorgeous book covers I’ve ever seen. It puts across the very essence of the twenty-six poems; love and romance. None of them is long; the shortest comprises only seven brief lines, but if you are looking for a definition of love you will find it in a different form on every page. Liv Kalay Hernandez has once again to a great extent excluded the free verse she used in Addicted To You. She has developed a style of her very own that intrigues and draws the reader into her writing very effectively. Her subject, love, is unchanged, but her poetry is always different. Welcome to her world.
Have patience; enjoy the journey! Liv Kalay Hernandez keeps her readers waiting for the title verse. Raging Love is the sixteenth poem in the collection. When you reach it, how can anyone resist lines like these? “A storm rages in my heart. Fierce, powerful and overwhelming.” I confess I had fallen in love with other offerings long before I reached Raging Love. The first, titled simply “Love,” seeks to explain the “mysterious emotion” that we call love, and Liv Kalay Hernandez goes on to show its many facets. The love of a mother for her child, in this case a boy named Christopher, is extremely clever, and the only one to desert love between a woman and a man. Romance is this writer’s forte, and in this age of frequent divorce she has a touching faith in marriage and everlasting love. I studied “Perfection” for a long time; it’s written to her “superstar” and she concludes: “Our love belongs in a story.” I think it probably does, but relish the beauty she offers in Raging Love.