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 Affection 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. Fast forward thirteen years and Charlotte is widowed and struggling to keep herself emotionally afloat. Joe is relocated under witness protection to the sleepy town of Minton, OH so he can testify against a scary Mexican druglord. 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. Charlotte’s love for her two children is evident, and Joe’s ability to take to them is very cute. Cute. 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. I personally found Charlotte’s battle with her own sexuality more interesting, or rather her forced suppression of it by her husband, who seemed to lack any sexual desire whatsoever. 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 Affection is a sweet read with a nice infusion of steam. It didn’t rock my world, but it was a nice read to whisk me away.
Public Displays of Affection by Susan Donovan, 352 pgs, 6/14/04
Romance: 3/5 Raunch: 4/5