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When a Man Loves a Woman Mass Market Paperback – 1 May 2000
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tselling author of <b>Annie's Wild Ride</b> comes an unforgettable new novel that sizzles with passion and emotional power--a very contemporary romance that asks the provocative question: Can a man and a woman really be just friends?<br><br>With his rugged good looks and undeniable charm, Dr. James Elliot is never at a loss for women. Lately, the hospital gossips have been buzzing about Elliot and his best friend and colleague, Dr. Deborah Brody. But their relationship is strictly platonic. That is, until one reckless, wondrous night.<br><br>Still reeling from her husband's sudden death, Deborah turns to Elliot in passion and grief. In Elliot's strong arms, she finds solace, comfort, unexpected pleasure. But Deborah is afraid to let go of the past, to give herself to a man again--or to risk losing the cherished friend who has suddenly become something much more.<br><br>But now Elliot knows there's no turning back. He's been in love with Deborah for years. And to win her, the do
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1. Alina Adam's writing. Her writing is addicting. It's so down to earth, filled with emotion, and realistic, that you feel like you're watching a movie instead of reading a book.
2. James Elliot's love for Deb Brody. It really is amazing in it's intensity and staying power.
3. The "medical" backdrop to the story. With Grey's Anatomy being so popular, I felt like the medical theme worked well to showcase a love story.
What Didn't Work:
1. Deb Brody. I really had very little respect for her. She was a self centered coward who lacked the integrity to be "emotionally faithful" to her husband and also lacked the courage to be "physically unfaithful" to her husband. I found it repulsive how much she played both her husband and Elliot. She wanted both men, but she couldn't really commit to either of them. In my mind she didn't deserve either of them!
2. The back and forth drama...He pursues her/she retreats....She pursues him/he retreats. It just got old and tiresome.
I wish this story could've been more like "When Harry Met Sally", a true look at the age old question "Can men and women be fiends?" At least with that movie, you didn't have to deal with the infidelity that one has to deal with when reading this book.
The strength of this book lies in Alina Adams' written dialog and character development. There is no big suspense or mystery subplot, and not a lot of technical medical narrative - just the halting and sometimes painfully realistic unfolding of a relationship between two people who are very cerebral and who long ago had to learn how to suppress feelings and spontaneity in the service of their profession. In this respect, it's a romance in its purest form, and if you are used to a lot of action in your stories, you may find this one a little more challenging to read. It's a story that can't be read in one sitting because it's too intense, and at times, I had to put it down to take a breather. However, I found I couldn't abandon it. Brody and Elliot stuck to me like cockleburrs, and I had to find out what they were going to do about their dilemma. These characters are not starry-eyed and suddenly smitten; instead, there is a fairly pervasive sexual tension between them throughout the book. This story is also different in that the characters are older and more experienced than is usual in this genre - both are in their early 40's and entering the height of their professional achievement. AA's book reminds us that love blooms at any age and in the most unanticipated places - a really nice story.
It is astounding to me that the author chose to stage the main characters' first sexual encounter on the evening of the woman's husband of twenty years' funeral. Even for a work of fiction, it's too farfetched for any reader to believe.
I can't recommend this book.
I loved the premise of the story and enjoyed reading it except for getting irritated with Dr. Brody. But, if a book can inspire emotions, then I believe it accomplished what the author intended. However, the irritation is the reason I am only giving it 3 stars - if I could do a half, then it would have been 3 and a half.
The unresolved conflict dragged on for a little too long, but at least it had a happy ending.