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Review: Just the Way You Are by Barbara Freethy

Sensuality rating: steamy

Freethy walks a fine line here between making her characters humanly fallible and making them dislikable. Although I enjoyed the book overall, I sometimes felt they wound up on the wrong side of the line.

This is the story of Alli, who’s recently asked her husband of nine years for a divorce, Sam, who married Alli because he got her pregnant, and Tessa, Sam’s first love and Alli’s sister. Tessa has never forgiven Alli for seducing her boyfriend, and they haven’t spoken since, but when the grandmother who raised them has a stroke, Tessa is forced to return home.  When Alli impulsively tells Tessa that their marriage is done because Sam has never gotten over her, Tessa can’t help but wonder if they can start again. (more…)