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Danielle Steel
Adult Fiction STEEL

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Sasha de Suvery Boardman, the 48-year-old heroine of Steel's latest romance, knew she had it all-perfect marriage, two terrific grown kids, prestigious art galleries in Paris and New York, three luxury homes-until her husband's fatal heart attack. Now brokenhearted, but still beautiful and chic, she buries herself in her gallery work, until son Xavier introduces her to bad-boy painter Liam Allison, a gorgeous, "wacky" 39-year-old who instantly "[brings] out the mother in her." So she offers him a gallery contract, thus igniting a "torrid affair" punctuated by endless arguments about their nine-year age difference, his severe allergy to all forms of authority and their incompatible "lifestyles and appearances" (including his strong aversion to wearing socks). Despite Steel's repeated assurances that Liam is actually "innocent and likable," his petulance and impulsiveness are seriously off-putting, and the tortured romance has an icky, near-incestuous quality that may make some readers cringe. Others may just be bored by the sketchy, meandering plot, the skimpy characterizations and the hyperbolic, often stunningly repetitious style ("He was just a young man who liked to have fun and still acted like a boy at times, full of mischief and fun"). Even hardcore Steel addicts may not make it all the way through this one, her 63rd. (Mar. 1) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Steel's latest is set in the glamorous art worlds of Paris and New York. All the characters are drop-dead gorgeous, which lets the reader know right away that this is not the real world. Sasha, a rich, respected 49-year-old art dealer, has a fling with Liam, a wacky 39-year-old artist whom she represents. Sparks fly between them, and not just sexually; they really fight. Their age difference is the major issue; nothing else of interest goes on except for the opening of Liam's art show and peripheral family issues. Liam's paintings are so wonderful that the show sells out, but the reader has not been given the clues needed to visualize his work. Sasha, a mature, sensible businesswoman, somehow has no resistance to this inappropriate suitor, whose behavior is childlike down to his tantrums. The dialog is repetitive, with the couple fighting, making up, fighting, etc. Not one of Steel's better novels, but many of her fans will probably still enjoy it. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 11/1/04.]-Carol J. Bissett, New Braunfels P.L., TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Sarah Boardman
Age: 50
In love with Liam, yet still grieves for her late husband.

Liam Allison
Tall; Rugged.

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