Affair by Amanda Quick (1997)
Description: Charlotte Arkendale knew all there was to know about men. After all, she'd made a career out of steering marriage-minded women away from untrustworthy members of the opposite sex. Yet nothing could have prepared her for Baxter St. Ives - an arresting stranger too daring, too determined, too dangerous to be her new man-of-affairs. Still, perhaps he was the perfect person to help Charlotte investigate the recent murder of one of her clients So she gave him a chance, never realizing that Baxter, a gifted scientist, would soon conduct a risky exploration into the alchemy of desire, with Charlotte as his subject. But even as he sets out to seduce Charlotte, a twisted killer lies in wait, ready to part the lovers... or see them joined together forever - in death.
Review: Charlotte gets herself embroiled in a dangerous mystery surrounding a secret book and murder. Baxter is involved in the same mystery, but is actually investigating Charlotte's involvement in the matter. These similar people are brought together by strange circumstances and raving madmen are determined to bring them apart. The characters were not what I have come to expect from Quick. I was bored with some of the novel and felt like skimming much of it. Not one of her best, so I would skip it.
Score: 2 out of 5