Rax's latest takes on a controversial issue -- extramarital affairs. With
one shocking event after another, it grabs your attention from the start. Complicated characters add depth, and their emotions make the novel seem realistic, albeit unusual. On the downside, it can be difficult to understand the characters' actions and motivation because their backgrounds aren't thoroughly delineated. This flaw, however, is easily overshadowed by the continuous movement of the story.

Neil Meadows' sexually dysfunctional wife, Anya, had encouraged him to have an affair. He felt like he had the best of both worlds: a wife taking care of home, and a woman on the side to satisfy all of his physical desires. But his life is turned upside down when Danielle, his mistress, becomes pregnant.

Things are complicated further when Danielle is fired from her job and has to find a new place to live. When she ends up living with Neil and Anya's nosy neighbor, Anya finds the proximity too close for comfort. Despite her initial animosity toward the other woman, however, Anya can't deny the bond she feels toward Danielle and her child. Is it too late for Anya to rectify the situation and salvage her marriage in the process? (three rivers, Nov., 304 pp., $13.95)
Reviewed by: 
T.L. Burton