When a Man Loves a Woman [NOOK Book]


Ever since their medical school days, James Elliot and Deborah Brody have been best friends and colleagues. Deborah has been married for the past 20 years to Max, but no one understands her like Elliot.

Tragedy strikes when Max dies of a heart attack. Deb is emotionally shattered. Elliot comforts her as best he can, but comfort unexpectedly leads to a night of passion.

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When a Man Loves a Woman

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Ever since their medical school days, James Elliot and Deborah Brody have been best friends and colleagues. Deborah has been married for the past 20 years to Max, but no one understands her like Elliot.

Tragedy strikes when Max dies of a heart attack. Deb is emotionally shattered. Elliot comforts her as best he can, but comfort unexpectedly leads to a night of passion.

Elliot has been in love with Deb since college, but he never would have acted had Max still been alive. Deb is guilt-stricken over what happened. Their emotional dilemma is complicated by a budget crisis at the hospital. Events may set these two on opposite sides of a divide. Can their long-time friendship turn into love?

Alina Adams returns with a profound and emotionally wrenching tale of love and loss. WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN will bring both a tear to your eye and a smile to your heart.


"When A Man Loves A Woman" is an unsentimental story of love, healing, and friendship that moves me to tears more than once. It is also amazing in its realistic portrayal of a woman tearing up in guilt. Deb has taken her husband as well as James for granted, and now that Max is gone, she sees how selfish she has been and start flaying herself in guilt. How she slowly comes to terms with herself makes wonderful and uplifting reading…. Who says doctors can't be good lovers? In this story, doctors rule. In a time when contemporary romances seem to be nothing more than cowboy-sheriff-protects-city-girl-bent-on-beating-the-biological-clock fluff, to read a story with real emotional conflicts with real characters from an author who doesn't take the easy way out with predictable characterizations is indeed a wonderful pleasure to be savored.

- www.MrsGiggles.com

What matters most in this book are the characters and their relationship. The conflict that almost tears Brody and Elliot apart strikes me as completely believable. It is compounded of Brody’s fears and insecurities and Elliot’s pride and his own fears. I suppose some readers may fault some of Brody’s actions, some of her responses. But even when I found her behavior ill-considered, I understood where she was coming from. This is the mark of a good author.

- www.TheRomanceReader.com

Elliot is an incredible hero in many ways. He has put his needs in the background to maintain a friendship that was important to him, but once the obstacle to his love is gone, he is almost at a loss. He truly wants to love Brody, but cannot let her continue to use him. He wants and deserves more…. The feelings of both these characters are poignant and painful, and the resolution brought a tear to my eye. In a way, this book was like some visits to the doctor's office, uncomfortable and frustrating at times, but ultimately, a positive experience. By the time you close the book, you'll have a pretty clean bill of mental health.

- All About Romance (www.LikesBooks.com)

This enhanced multimedia edition of “When a Man Loves a Woman” features all the text of the original 2000 DELL paperback release, as well as links to music to compliment each chapter.

“When a Man Loves a Woman” can be read on a Nook, or other standard tablet, but an Internet connection and the ability to play video (such as over an iPad, cell-phone, or desk-top computer) is necessary for the music.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013566767
  • Publisher: Alina Adams Media
  • Publication date: 11/10/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 559,311
  • File size: 330 KB

Meet the Author

Alina Adams is the author of the “New York Times” best-seller “Oakdale Confidential,” and the co-author of the best-selling “Jonathan’s Story” (with Julia London). She wrote the Figure Skating Mystery series (“Murder on Ice,” “On Thin Ice,” “Axel of Evil,” “Death Drop” and “Skate Crime”) for Berkley Prime Crime.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2000

    A totally believable love story

    Long after you finish the last page, this book will stay with you. If you like your books light, with lots of dialogue, this one may not be for you. But if you enjoy a book that really delves into people's minds and into the 'why we do what we do' then you will enjoy this book. <P>I found it slow-going at times, with lots of introspection. But Ms. Adams' writing kept me interested and made me *want* to know how things would all turn out for Elliot and Brody, both sympathetic characters in a very believable situation. The backdrop of a big city hospital and Ms. Adams' description of it and the roles both Brody and Elliott played enhanced the story and made it real. <P>This is the first time I've read an Alina Adams novel, but it certainly won't be the last.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Enjoyable contemporary romance

    During the early eighties, James Elliot and Deborah Brody became best friends as they attended medical school together. James secretly loves Deborah, who remains faithfully devoted to her understanding husband Max, a commodity trader. <P>In 2000, both work at Los Angeles Valley Hospital. Elliot runs the renowned pediatric trauma medicine department while Brody heads up the Pediatric Neurosurgury Department. They remain close friends, though Deborah still loves Max. However, the unthinkable occurs when Max suddenly dies from a heart attack. Elliot supports his best friend through her grief, but one night they lose it and make love. While she wants to return to being buddies, he wants her to be his bosom buddy forever. <P>WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN is an entertaining contemporary romance that centers on friendship between the genders. The lead characters drive the story line as their strong friendship turns into a passionate love. Though the two doctors are a charming couple, Max is the rare character that gains reader respect. He not only approves his spouse¿s friendship with Elliot; he encourages it because he trusts her with every cell in his body. Alina Adams provides readers with an enjoyable medical romance that will send the audience seeking ANNIE¿S WILD RIDE. <P>Harriet Klausner

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