Nicholas Lyon should be the happiest man in London. He is a successful divorce lawyer with a lovely wife and three young daughters. His wife, Malinche, feels lucky she is married to a handsome, devoted man. It seemed like true kismet when they first met and Nicholas even knew the meaning of her unusual name. Malinche was recovering from a traumatic break-up and was ready to settle down
with someone kind and dependable. Nicholas even grudgingly accepted Malinche's gay best friend, Kit.
How ironic then is it that Nicholas who makes his living by dealing with the infidelities of others, is suddenly more than tempted by his firm's new young lawyer, Sara Kaplan. Sara is no innocent in the drama as she purposely sets up temptations for Nicholas in his weakest moments. At the same time, Malinche is sorely tempted by her former love who has shown up and is working with her in conjunction with one of her new cookery books. Will the love triangle
expand into a rectangle?
The author takes the serious issues of infidelity and betrayal and adds some breezy British humor for excellent comic relief. The narrative is told from rotating points of view by Nicholas, Malinche and Sara. This works well as the reader gets insight into the motivations of all three characters. The dialog is crisp and authentic. The author is able to make the characters believable and likable, despite the emotional tugs of war that go on.
There is plenty of steamy romance woven into the plot to satisfy the most discriminating contemporary romance reader. THE ADULTERY CLUB was released in the U.K. in 2007, where it was a bestseller. Tess Stimson will have a new novel, THE INFIDELITY CHAIN, coming out in 2009. I
will be looking forward to it.