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Public Displays of Affection Mass Market Paperback – Jun 14 2004

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (June 14 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312992327
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312992323
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 2.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #914,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In Donovan's latest romance (after Take a Chance on Me), orgasms are much on the mind of widow Charlotte Tasker, who spent a mind-blowing few hours with a hot stranger 13 years earlier, but who hasn't been as lucky since, as her late husband's laid-back sexuality didn't match her wilder urges. Still, raising two kids alone doesn't leave room for anything other than fantasies—until Charlotte realizes that her handsome new neighbor is the man from her past. For DEA agent Joe Bellacera, the timing of their unexpected reunion couldn't be worse. With a drug warlord's $1 million bounty on his head forcing him into hiding, he needs to keep a low profile, not get involved with the woman who nearly scalded his skin off with her lovemaking and then took his heart with her when she drove away. But when Joe decides fate shouldn't be ignored so easily, Charlotte doesn't stand a chance. Goofy comedy, white-hot sex and ticking-bomb pacing will keep readers glued to the pages. Joe suffers from hunky alpha-male syndrome, which makes him seem less complex than Charlotte and less memorable, but all in all, this is a surefire crowd-pleaser—for the crowd who appreciates orgasms, that is.
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“Sassy, smart, and sensual. Susan Donovan will steal your heart.” ―Christina Dodd, New York Times bestselling author

“Fresh, fun, and oh so sexy! Susan Donovan is gonna be a star!” ―Susan Andersen, USA Today bestselling author

“A perfect blend of humor, highly charged sexual tension, and emotional intensity. Susan Donovan is a must read!” ―Janelle Denison, USA Today bestselling author

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Do yourself a favor and don't compare this book to Ms. Donovan's past titles! This one although not having the same amount of humor as "Knock Me Off My Feet" and "Take A Chance One Me" is still a wonderful read with a great cast of characters. This read is a little bit more emotional then her past efforts and as a result tugs on the heart strings more then tickles the funny bone.
Charlotte Tasker is a young widowed mother of two. She does it all, little league, ballet, working, and cooks healthy homecooked dinners, but has a secret love for cheez whiz and erotic poetry. She also has a memory that keeps her warm at night and that is the memory of the only man she's ever felt connected to. She relives that one incredible afternoon together thirteen years earlier. The things he said, how he made her feel alive and she never knew his name.
Joe Bellacera is a DEA agent that has had to go into hiding. His partner and best friend was gunned down in front of his very eyes. His testimony is key in puting away one of the worst drug lords ever. So where do the power that be send him? To Minton, Ohio of course. He figures that he will die of bordom before he has to testify, that is until he gets a look at his neighbor. No one is more shocked then Joe when he sees his mystery lady laughing in the yard. Joe has not been able to get Charlotte out of his mind nor his heart. He looked for her for years but was never able to find her. Now when he needs to lay low he finds the one woman he has measured all others to. No matter how hard he tries he just can't stay away.
Charlotte can't believe her eyes when she sees Joe. He is her fantasy man and now he's right next door. Can she put aside all of her misgivings and allow herself the one thing that she needs?
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OK, there are some pretty unbelievable aspects to this book, but if you can get past those, you'll find a really enjoyable read. Not as LOL funny as her prior books KNOCK ME OFF MY FEET and TAKE A CHANCE ON ME, this is really more sweet and poignant and I enjoyed it quite a bit.
Charlotte Tasker is a widow of eighteen months trying to keep her little family together without their much-loved dad. Her two children, Matt and Henrietta ("Hank") are dealing with their dad's death in very different ways. Charlotte loved her husband, but their sex life was never "all that". Charlotte has never forgotten the man she had an anonymous tryst with 13 years ago before marrying and it was the best sex of her life. In her loneliness, she still fantasizes about her dark stranger all these years later.
Joe Bellacera never forgot the sweet and passionate redhead he foolishly let walk away from him 13 years ago. He searched for her in vain and life moved on. Now he is a DEA agent with a price on his head. Until he can testify against a dangerous drug lord who has offered one million dollars for Joe's head, he will have to lay low in middle America under an assumed name and pretending to be a mystery writer. He finds himself in suburban Minton, Ohio but when he gets a good look at the woman living right next door he is stunned to see "the one that got away"!
Joe tries desperately to stay away from her and her kids fearing that getting involved with them will endanger them - he's still haunted by the murders of his partner and his partner's wife and young son. But staying away is easier said than done and Joe is unable resist seeking out Charlotte and enjoying spending time with her kids. They're everything he wants in his life and he decides to take a chance and grab for happiness.
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"Public Deisplays of Affection" was not nearly as good. First, it takes FOREVER for Charlotte and Joe to get together--over 90 pages! Of course, that's not really fair because we get flashbacks repeatedly of their first--and only--meeting. So, we have to read of both of them dithering to friends about what they, now living next door and both spying on each other, will do when they actually meet! Somehow, I never was able to get over that Charlotte, a virgin on her way to picking up her boyfriend at the airport and knowing that he will propose that day, stops off in a rest area for a "quickie" with an unknown motorcyclist. Susan Donovan tries to frame this act of betrayal, in my Victorian (?) opinion, by endlessly exploring the difference in sexual needs of Charlotte and her now dead husband. In Susan's past books, there are animal characters who made me laugh, and the men especially were great--conflicted, but great. I didn't feel any great attraction to Joe or Charlotte, and, except for his great name (Hoover) the dog was boring. To be fair, though, the book did keep my interest, I just wanted a lot of it edited out.
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Susan Donovan's Public Displays Of Affection is a sensual emotional journey.
Charlotte Tasker has walked the straight and narrow for the last 13 years. She married a stable, safe man, had two kids but now is a widow. Charlotte has had a huge secret for 13 years, she had a late night erotic tryst with a mystery man. This mystery man has fueled her fantasies for years.
Joe Bellacera is set to testify against a major drug lord that murdered his friend and his family. So he is hiding in small town, Minton, Ohio. What a shock to see the one woman he could not forget from 13 years ago living next door.
Once Charlotte realizes the new juicy piece of man (to quote a friend of hers) living next door is her fantasy man, she is torn as to what to do.
Joe isn't sure at first if it's worth the risk to Charlotte and her family to become involved. When he changes his mind all bets are off.
Public Displays Of Affection is a well-written story of finding your true self. Joe and Charlottes chemistry is sensational. I could not put this book down.
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