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Danielle Steel explores the perils of dating, relationships and love in a novel that takes us into the intoxicating, infuriating world of three charming single men.
Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world's most popular authors, with over 530 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include Miracle, Impossible, Echoes, Second Chance, Ransom, Safe Harbour, Johnny Angel, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina's life and death.
When you've got three attractive men in a Steel novel, each determined to stay single, you can expect romance, love and marriage vows around the corner, as well as the usual mix of glamour, fashion and wealth. Charles Sumner Harrington, born to affluence, has no family and, following several botched engagements, is, at 46, a perfectionist who will probably never meet the woman of his dreams. Adam Weiss, a Harvard Law-trained hotshot, was burned by a nasty divorce; at 41, he is a sworn bachelor who parties with the pretty, young and clueless. Gray Hawk, a New York artist living hand-to-mouth at 50, was adopted at birth by globe-trotting, drug-taking rock stars; he's drawn exclusively to women whose middle name is "victim." The three friends take their annual summer Mediterranean booze cruise on Charles's luxurious yacht, and in the hubbub there and back in New York, each ends up crossing paths with a woman who turns his life upside down. After the initial bliss, there are confrontations, challenges and threats to promising relationships. Despite relentlessly reiterating her characters' Freudian backstories, Steel delivers the inevitable happy endings in the usual nontoxic, satisfying manner. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
In her umpteenth novel, best-selling author Steel (Second Chance) tells the story of three commitment-phobic men and the women who try to tame them. First there's Charlie, a philanthropist who fears abandonment and finds a "fatal flaw" in every woman he dates. Adam, meanwhile, is a divorced celebrity lawyer in his forties who hooks up with twentysomethings and funds their breast implants and nose jobs. Finally, meet Gray, an artist with familial issues who attracts troubled women and drives them away after much drama. Can Carole, Maggie, and Sylvia make honest men out of these obstinate, toxic bachelors? Gee, what do you think? Steel's latest book is predictable and features flat, unsympathetic male characters. As for the women, with their chutzpa, it's amazing they give these jerks the time of day. Still, public libraries should expect high demand from Steel's loyal fans. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 7/05.]-Samantha J. Gust, Niagara Univ. Lib., NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.