Putting aside his dislike for his sister-in-law's best friend, Adriana Travers, financial advisor Eric Henson agrees to counsel her on her frivolous spending. Adriana can't see herself with someone as uptight as Eric, while Eric could never picture himself with someone so flighty. Together they're like fire and ice, but after sharing an intimate evening, both are re-evaluating these past opinions.

After a strong, compelling opening, Girard's novel loses momentum. Eric, at first, comes across as an interesting hero; however, later actions redefine the financial advisor as a staid, pragmatic bore. Scenes that are sensual in nature are plowed through without any sense detail or smooth transitions. This issues explored in Gaining Interest seem irrelevant to the story's unfolding or possibly were intended to be tied into the plot and fell short. (May, 318 pp., $5.99)
Reviewed by: 
T.L. Burton