IF THERE BE PAIN
Thought-provoking and insightful, Mallette's novel expertly portrays
the tale of a womanizing man with a twist: The lessons learned are felt most intensely by the man. An interesting story more than makes up for the
occasional slow spot with the drama the main character encounters -- and barely endures.
Audrey is a beautiful attorney who has patiently waited for him to come to his senses and commit to her. But she has a backup plan, and his name doesn't begin with the letter "K." Dalia is young, ambitious and money-hungry. With Kyle, money is no object, and all she has to do is satisfy his needs. Lorna is from the islands and has everything a man could want: body and brains. Her issue: She's married but wants to be with Kyle. (dafina, Dec., 320 pp., $15.00)