This book is hideous. Truly a joke. Spoilers follow as there's plenty of places to find the synopsis for the book.
The heroine left her violent, physically and mentally abusive husband 10 years ago. She never told anybody about the abuse, not even her close family, and the husband the 'hero' (which is a damned joke) ends up working in the family business and becomes very much a son of the heroine's father. The father effectively cuts her off because he thinks the hero is such a great guy and when the father dies he makes it condition of the will that the heroine and 'hero' must live together for one year (they've been divorced for 10 years at this point) or the hero won't get his stake in the business and the heroine and her brother (who the father also disowned) will get nothing. It's guilt-tripping, it's disgusting and shame on Mary Jo Putney for using such stupid Harlequin/Mills and Boon plot lines (the will stipulation) for something as serious as domestic abuse.
There are so many things wrong with the heroine. Aside from her character being weak-willed (possibly from the abuse but I don't think Putney is that deep; the heroine was a happy-go lucky rainbow and bunnies type before that) the heroine is also SO pious and unrealistic that it is sickening. For example, during their separation, the hero starts sleeping with the heroine's long-time best friend. When the heroine finds out? She of course hugs the best-friend and reassures HER. No. I am sorry but real people have FEELINGS. We are selfish, we hurt, we feel pain. At this point in the book, it is clear that the heroine has never stopped loving the hero (ridiculous but I can't even get into that) but of course since she's so wonderful it's acceptable that her friend has been sleeping with him. I don't even care that they did because the hero is a bastard full stop it's more how the best friend is portrayed. She say's this to the hero about it 'Kate and I have been best friends for a long time . I don't think she'd be thrilled to find out I've been sleeping with her ex-husband. It's against the Good Girlfriends' code' and then, when the heroine finds out about it, the best friend says 'I broke the Good Girlfriend's Code by sleeping with your ex husband'. Yes, you did, so stop harping on about you tacky fool. The whole book is tacky.
The so-called hero is an abusive, violent, immature bastard; the heroine is portrayed by Putney as being the softly, softly, fairies and sunshine, pure angel which is just unrealistic and makes the characters in this book come across as cartoon characters in a book that deals with such serious issues and in such a wrong, wrong way. The story, of course, has a HEA. It's sick. Domestic abuse as romantic fodder. Ridiculous.