BARGAIN OF THE HEART
Crystal Dupree is fed up with her workaholic husband and their farce of a marriage. Having spent enough nights alone while he advanced his professional career, Crystal decides she wants out.
Convinced that Crystal is merely "distraught" over a recent miscarriage, Richard is determined to make their marriage work. He realizes he's been spending more time developing his law firm than working on his marriage, but is that grounds for divorce?
Agreeing to allow him to court her for three months, Crystal resigns herself to the unwanted attention of her husband no more than twice a week. Only she doesn't count on falling in love again.
This had the potential of being a good novel, with strongly developed characters and an interesting storyline. Unfortunately, forced scenes, awkward dialogue and an open ending was too distracting. (Jun., 256 pp., $6.99)