New York Times bestselling author Eric Jerome Dickey once again “pushes romance and deceit to the next level” (USA Weekend) in this tantalizing tale of a high-profile marriage rocked by scandal, obsession, and murder.
Screenwriter James Thicke is a man whose mysterious past runs as deep as his violent streak. Now he and his volatile movie star wife, Regina Baptiste, have channeled their passions into an electrifying new project: a film rumored to cross the boundaries of on-screen sexuality. But it’s James’s limits that are about to be tested—by a surreptitiously filmed video of his wife with her co-star Johnny Bergs, in the most comprising of situations. Within hours, it goes viral.
Regina claims she is innocent. But the humiliation and rage leave James with only one recourse—an act of violence that sends him on the run and into hiding. Seething with bitter betrayal, and a still-consuming love for his troubled wife, he nurses a slow-boiling desire for something more permanent: revenge. His need for vengeance takes James and Regina on a headlong odyssey of obsession, sexual impulse, blackmail, and murder. And getting back will be hell.
Bestseller Dickey (Tempted by Trouble) sets a melodrama of infidelity among Hollywood's glittering stars. James Thicke is a successful screenwriter with everything going for him when his wife, beautiful actress Regina Baptiste, is caught on video having sex with her leading man, Johnny Bergstein. As the video goes viral, Thicke lurches from feelings of bitter betrayal and yearning for vengeance to lingering love and responsibility for his wife. He makes a hasty incognito retreat to a seedy apartment complex, where he instantly and hilariously attracts the attention of a host of quirky and vivid characters as he tries to elude the paparazzi. Unfortunately, he doesn't stay there, instead spiraling implausibly out of control. The love hate relationship is for tabloid fans who are in it for the creative plot and Hollywood glitz and don't care that the characters are flat and unlikable.