"Dignified Doctor Discovers New Prescription for Love"
Peace loving Dr. Charlotte Hamilton prided herself on the
dignified way she'd handled her divorce. The marriage had
lasted five years, but they'd gone their separate ways
several years before. Never once during the process had she
been petty, or shown anger. She'd turned over the house and
the Lexus to her ex, taking only what she had brought to
the marriage. Everything proceeded smoothly until the day
the final decree was signed.
If only a patient emergency hadn't made her late for her
appointment with her ex's lawyer. If only he hadn't been
early. But Roger the Rat Ryan, never did do what was
expected of him and he was the last person she needed to
see today. When Roger sited an early dinner engagement,
she couldn't resist asking which of his floozies would
get "lucky" tonight. After all his cheating was what had
brought them to this. She should have left well enough
Surprisingly, Roger claimed to be having a celebratory
dinner with his best fishing buddy Red-eye. Just the
mention of that name made Charlotte see red. How many times
had that man covered for the Rat's trysts? She had been
tempted to name him as a correspondent but couldn't quite
recall his real name.
She still might have escaped with her dignity were it not
for Roger's parting shot. He'd actually claimed his
cheating was her fault! Lousy in bed was she? Fury broke
over her. She'd given him a piece of her mind and then
some, but then the doubts crept in. Was it true? She'd been
a virgin when they married, but was the failure hers or
his? What she needed was a second opinion.
Passing by the Hilton where she'd first met her ex, she
decides a celebration might be just the thing to cheer her
up. But the doubts the Rat had planted wouldn't
dissipate. Just as she's decides a third margarita might
be in order, she's joined at the bar by a ruggedly
handsome man just a few years older than she. He's alone
Sizing each other up, and liking what they see, they
exchange a bit of small talk. He's been just been stood up;
she's newly single. He's a sports columnist and wasn't
into bar pick-ups. He'd been married once, in his baseball
glory days in college, to a woman who's affection dissolved
as quickly as the knee injury his ended his career. He
hadn't dated seriously since. He'd become a well known
sport's columnist and accustomed to deflecting women whose
only interest was in his celebrity status. The lovely
woman who introduced herself as Charlie, doesn't even seem
to recognize his name.
She wasn't into one-night stands. But Sam is sweet, funny,
and very sexy. Somehow the chemistry takes over. The two
move from the bar to a room upstairs, both fearing the
other will back out before the elevator reaches their
floor. Instead they share a night of incredible passion.
Sam awakes alone and very much in love. It wasn't just the
fabulous sex, they'd talked and laughed. Charlie is
everything he'd ever dreamed of, and all he knows is her
Well he isn't without resources and later, minus some
sports tickets, later he's got the information he needs. He
now has a name to goes with the nickname. He's also got a
major dilemma. She just can't be who he thinks she is. If
she is, he's in big trouble. He knows she's the one, but If
she connects his nickname to his name, she may never speak
to him again. Can he win her heart before she finds out?
Charlotte has no more doubts about her talent in the sex
department, but she's convinced that she's terrible at
relationships. Her soul aches for Sam's love, but she knows
she'd be devastated when he got bored and moved on. Sam's
siege would put a stalker to shame. He's not about to give
up on her. His tactics are innovative and hilarious. He
won't accept that all they have between them is great sex.
It may kill him to turn that down, but he needs an old
fashioned date to prove his sincerity. She's gotten her
second opinion, but will she give love a second chance?
Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted February 8, 2002