When a Man Loves a Woman by Alina Adams
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.
- ROMANTIC TIMES MAGAZINE
"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.
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.
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.