Book Review: When a Man Loves a Woman (Enhanced E-book) by: Alina Adams

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Alina Adams Media

Publish Date: September 16, 2011

Origins: From Author for Review

Format: Enhanced E-book

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: Ever since their medical school days, James Elliot and Deborah Brody have been best friends and colleagues. Deborah has been married for the past 20 years to Max, but no one understands her like Elliot.

Tragedy strikes when Max dies of a heart attack. Deb is emotionally shattered. Elliot comforts her as best he can, but comfort unexpectedly leads to a night of passion.

Elliot has been in love with Deb since college, but he never would have acted had Max still been alive. Deb is guilt-stricken over what happened. Their emotional dilemma is complicated by a budget crisis at the hospital. Events may set these two on opposite sides of a divide. Can their long-time friendship turn into love? 

About the Author/Book: Alina Adams is the author of the “New York Times” best-seller “Oakdale Confidential,” and the co-author of the best-selling “Jonathan’s Story” (with Julia London). She wrote the Figure Skating Mystery series (“Murder on Ice,” “On Thin Ice,” “Axel of Evil,” “Death Drop” and “Skate Crime”) for Berkley Prime Crime.

The enhanced multimedia edition of “When a Man Loves a Woman” features all the text of the original 2000 DELL release, as well as links to music to compliment each chapter.

“When a Man Loves a Woman” can be read on a Kindle, Nook, or other standard tablet, but an Internet connection and the ability to play video (such as over an iPad, cell-phone, or desk-top computer) is necessary for the music.

Review: Drs. Brody and Elliot have been best friends for over twenty years, from the time they met in med school, when the unthinkable happens to Brody – her husband passes away. She needs to lean on her best friend, Elliot, but is afraid of losing him as she lost her husband. What Brody doesn’t know is that Elliot has loved her for the last twenty years. When something unexpected happens, Brody isn’t sure what to do except make sure that her friendship with Elliot stays intact – just as it had been out of respect for her recently dead husband. But can things ever be the same?

Have you ever fallen in love with your best friend? Can you overcome the biggest hurt and betrayal of your life to trust again? Ms. Adams tackles all of these questions with a deft hand and compelling characters. I thought it was good to be able to meet and get to know intimately the main characters. I’ve know a few sets of friends like this before and it’s amazing to watch the dynamics change and the music to the dance speed up or slow down. Well-crafted with people and events which worm their way into your heart, this book is compelling. Add the music from the enhanced e-book and it makes it a rich and multi-layered experience to pick up When a Man Loves a Woman. 


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