Fifteenth romance from the bestselling Adler (All or Nothing, 2000, etc.), this time about a doctor’s wife who runs off to France with her young lover .
Lara Lewis just knows her cold, controlling surgeon husband is having an affair with the blond specialist who’s going with him to China on a humanitarian mission. Everyone respects the distinguished doctor—and seems to have forgotten Lara, who has a feeling Bill won’t be back for the second honeymoon they’d planned to take in France for their 25th anniversary. She retreats to their California hideaway to think things over and nearly falls through the rotted deck—and then into the arms of the hunk hired to repair it. Daniel Holland is 32, handsome, sensitive, a carpenter with vague notions of becoming a sculptor. He’s dazzled by Lara’s mature, sultry beauty and soon they’re making love on the beach at midnight—though Bill’s impatient call from Beijing interrupts them. Dan walks out, miffed; Lara decides to take that French vacation after all; then Dan returns, unmiffed, to announce he’s fallen in love with her. Egged on by the Girlfriends, her childhood chums, Lara invites him along to France without telling him that she intends to retrace the route she and Bill took on their first honeymoon. Thereby hang many a mildly comic mishap, from missed flights to lost luggage, but Dan and Lara make it to Paris. They eat fabulous food, make passionate love, swap life stories, sightsee, then head south in a Renault for more of the same (and for plenty of shameless plugs for various auberges and restaurants). The lovers squabble when Lara begins to doubt Dan’s affection, leading to a showdown of sorts on the Riviera, where dauntless Dan resists the advances of two bare-breasted French sex kittens, all for love of Lara—but maybe not unending love.
Silly romance with an absurdly shallow lover—though Dan seems deep enough for Lara.