Here’s the perfect recipe for mischief: Take one sexually
neglected woman and one dashing, romantic foreigner. Add a craving for
adventure plus a few drops of heady desire…then stand back, because in Olivia
Lichtenstein’s sparkling and sharply observed comedy of lust, longing, and
marital unrest, this mix proves to be deliciously volatile.
Chloe Zhivago has it all: a successful career, two teenage
children who still speak to her, a faithful best buddy, a Famous Friend from
hell, and Greg, Chloe’s husband of seventeen years, a family-practice doctor
who occupies his time writing letters to the parking commission.
And then it suddenly hits her. Is this all there is? When
did wild weekends of passion become nights of chaste kisses and snoring to wake
the dead? What happens when the kids leave the nest but the husband stays
behind? Enter Ivan. Married but questing and quixotic, he proffers notes of
seduction written in Russian and lures Chloe to the precipice of one glorious,
fortuitous fling. Does she dare?
This wonderfully funny, sexy novel asks a vital question—how
do you keep love alive in a marriage?—and answers it with poignancy and pure
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