After my serious love affair with A Courtesan’s Guide to Getting Your Man, I committed myself to reading more of each author.
Public Displays of AffectionÂ is the story of Charlotte & Joe, two people that first met on the side of a road and had a crazy-hot sexual encounter, then parted ways. Charlotte went off and married her sweetheart while Joe threw himself into his career as a DEA agent. Â Fast forward thirteen years and Charlotte is widowed and struggling to keep herself emotionally afloat. Â Joe is relocated under witness protection to the sleepy town of Minton, OH so he can testify against a scary Mexican druglord. Â What he doesn’t count on is moving into the house next to his one-time (and unforgettable) fling.
There are several aspects of this book that make it a heartwarming and sensual tale. Â Charlotte’s love for her two children is evident, and Joe’s ability to take to them is very cute. Â Cute. Â See, I’m not a big “kid” person, so the whole “family” thing, while lovely and sentimental, didn’t necessarily make a big pull for me. Â I personally found Charlotte’s battle with her own sexuality more interesting, or rather her forcedÂ suppressionÂ of it by her husband, who seemed to lack any sexual desire whatsoever. Â She also puts up an interesting front to her friends – Charlotte, squeaky clean house wife with a penchant for uber=health food, loves to write erotic poetry and eat squeezy cheese from a can.
Public Displays of AffectionÂ is a sweet read with a nice infusion of steam. Â It didn’t rock my world, but it was a nice read to whisk me away.
Public Displays of AffectionÂ by Susan Donovan, 352 pgs, 6/14/04
Romance: 3/5 Â Â Â Â Â Â Raunch: 4/5