Brilliant, arrogant and ruthlessly ambitious, Max Crighton is an unfaithful husband and a cold, distant father. When he goes to Jamaica to search for his uncle, it's mostly to escape his latest lover's furious husband.
His long-suffering wife, Maddy, finally makes the difficult decision to move on. Then a savage mugging leaves Max near death. As his body struggles to recover, Max realizes that there are still much deeper wounds to be healed – and that living without Maddy is worse than not living at all…
About the author
After reading a serialized Mills & Boon book in a magazine, Penny Jordan quickly became an avid fan! Her goal, when writing romance fiction, is to provide readers with an enjoyment and involvement similar to that she experienced from her early reading – Penny believes in the importance of love, including the benefits and happiness it brings. She works from home, in her kitchen, surrounded by four dogs and two cats, and welcomes interruptions from her friends and family.
The Crighton family gathers for a second go-round (after The Perfect Family), this time featuring Max, the rottenest apple in the Crighton barrel. A sadistic, abusive, profoundly unlikable lawyer, Max thinks of female divorce clients as fodder for his bedroom, and infants as blind kittens to be drowned. He tells his wife, Maddy, that he closes his eyes and thinks about her trust fund whenever they make love. When Max goes off to Jamaica, supposedly to find his brother, David (who disappeared in the previous book), Maddy gets a taste of independence. A brutal attack and near-death experience bring Max a spiritual awakening that changes his life and gives Maddy renewed hope for their future together. Unfortunately, Max's metamorphosis will likely come too late for readers; forgiving him, and learning to like him, are impossible, so convincing is Jordan's portrait of his earlier, distasteful personality.