Carmel Matthews has always been overweight. Until she meets Dr. Steve Reynolds, she's never questioned why she allows her weight and other people to define who she is. As she and Steve explore the kinetic chemistry that draws them to each other, Carmel wonders what it's like to have more than sex from a man.

As she does some soul searching, she realizes that she deserves the best any man has to offer and she won't settle for less, not from herself, not from Steve.

Steve can't believe Carmel is resisting his advances when it's obvious their attraction is mutual. Even as they recklessly dive into a fantastic physical relationship, Steve wonders what it would be like to have Carmel in his life on a permanent basis. The more he's with her, the more he falls under the spell of her warmth, generosity, humor and beauty. Despite Carmel's reservations, Steve is determined to have her as his woman.

THE LOOK OF LOVE is a witty, hilarious and poignant literary journey that debunks the stereotypes, perceptions and realities of the "perfect" woman. Ms. King does for romance what Wally Lamb has done for fiction! Don't miss this treat. (Dec., 256 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Cheryl Ferguson