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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (June 14 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312992327
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312992323
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 11.3 x 17.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #418,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Charlotte Tasker squinted into the afternoon sun, watching the Buckeye Moving & Storage truck lumber down the cul-de-sac. Read the first page
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"Public Displays of Affection," by fun writer, Susan Donovan was a ton of fun to read. I was glued to my cozy chair from page one on and completely entertained until after I had finished the last sentence! Terrific Book...Terrific Writer! (Highly Recommended!)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kristi Ahlers on July 2 2004
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By baltimore0502 on June 18 2004
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lovesbooks on June 5 2004
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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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