A public scandal. A private torment. A love that changed everything--
Ronnie Honneker is the senator's wife. When she fell for the dashing politician, the stars in her eyes kept her from seeing his flaws. And when she discovered his constant need for other women, it was already too late. Now all the glamour of politics can't make up for Ronnie's loneliness--or her husband's affairs. Especially the one that explodes into a media sex scandal.
Pursued by reporters, Ronnie reluctantly lets handsome political strategist Tom Quinlan clean up the mess. She agrees to publicly stand by her man until after the next election. Privately, she is in turmoil, and falling passionately in love--with Tom. As Ronnie and Tom seek shelter in each other, suddenly the unexpected happens. The senator's violent death thrusts Ronnie into the spotlight--as the leading suspect in his murder. Now only one thing can prove Ronnie's innocence: the whole shocking truth....
When political consultant Tom Quinlan is hired to "handle" a politician's troublesome spouse, the spin doctor gets more than he bargained for. The young, unpredictable, Yankee wife of an aging Mississippi senator up for reelection, Ronnie Honneker is hard to sell to the voters. She's about to get a lot less popular. Bored with her passionless marriage, in love with Tom, she discovers the senator dead of a gunshot wound--and finds herself the prime suspect. Trite metaphors hamper Robards's (Heartbreaker) latest romantic suspense novel, and the narrative lampoons itself with some unintentional humor ("She would not feel so ill at ease if she'd had access to a lipstick or a powder compact, or even a curling iron"). There's a silly subplot about a scandal that the author grants only haphazard attention. The best thing you can say about Ronnie is that she always looks good, and the hero moralistically decides to sleep with her only after he learns that the sole reason she stays married to her husband is for his money. Neither hero nor heroine has enough charm to keep readers interested in a story this stale.