Silhouette Intimate Moments #621
From the back of the book:
To their friends, family and neighbors, Celine and Max Archer had a perfect marriage. Only the Archers knew they’d never been in love, and that nights of passion were few and far between. Still, both thought the other happy with the dry-eyed deal they’d made instead of vows…Until Max broke the bargain—by wanting more. And suddenly, after twelve peaceful years, the perfect marriage was over…But when Celine realized how much she loved her husband, was it too late to get him back? For unbeknownst to Max, they’d been blessed with a new beginning…”
It’s difficult for me to give Laurey Bright’s* A Perfect Marriage a coherent review because it’s a romance novel that deals with adultery.
Max and Celine have had a comfortable, friendly marriage for 12 years, however with no passion nor love. The hero “falls in love” with another woman, sleeps with her, and then leaves his wife. But after a night of unexpected passion with Celine, Max gets his estranged wife pregnant. Finally, Max realizes, almost too late, that it’s his wife he’s loved all along.
The heroine is way too good for the “hero”, a man in the throes of a mid-life crisis.
Despite the fact that the author tries to make Kate, the other woman, seem like a naïve, beautiful virgin who is as much a victim as Celine, in my eyes, she’s a manipulative beeyotch. Kate is no innocent schoolgirl; she’s an educated attorney who has no qualms about breaking up a marriage.
Max never sufficiently redeems himself. It is only through Celine’s love and forgiveness that reconciliation is possible.
The book was an emotional roller-coaster as the author does a wonderful job showing how separation and divorce can affect the whole extended family.
Ultimately, this book deserves a positive rating because of how it portrays the healing power of love.
A Perfect Marriage was a nominee for the Romance Writer’s of America’s RITA Award for Best Long Contemporary Romance in 1996
*(Laurey Bright is a pseudonym for Daphne Clair)