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HUSBANDS AND LOVERS (Park Avenue Series, Book #2) [Kindle Edition]

Ruth Harris
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Million copy NYT bestseller!
Winner, Best Contemporary, Romantic Times!
An emotional blockbuster about four unforgettable characters  entangled in a web of passionate relationships who must face each other--and themselves.

The Married Woman--A shy wallflower, Carlys Webber transforms herself into a beautiful woman and attracts the attention of brilliant, multimillionaire Kirk Arnold. When he proposes, she agrees to marry him but, when Kirk changes from a loving husband to a distant stranger, will Carlys risk her precious marriage for a few moments of stolen passion with another man, the irresistibly handsome and sensuous architect, George Kouras?

The Single Woman--Wildly stylish, phenomenally successful, Jade Mullen survives deception and divorce. She vows never to be betrayed again even though, when she falls in love with George, he warns her he might not be faithful unless she commits to him. What will she do when George asks her the one question she doesn't want to answer?

The Husband--Carlys's White Knight and devoted husband, Kirk Arnold struggles to forget the dark secrets of his tormented past. He achieves one dazzling success after another--until what looks like failure becomes a matter of life and death. Will he succumb to the tragedy that destroyed his family or will his marriage to Carlys survive the crisis and become even stronger?

The Lover--George Kouras fights prejudice and rises from humble beginnings to a secure place at the top of his profession but loses the child he adores along the way. Renouncing convention, he and Jade fall madly in love and think they have discovered a new way to live happily ever after. They are happy the way they are, but what will happen when Jade discovers a shocking secret about herself and finds out about him and Carlys?

Set in the glittering world of fashion and in high-powered executive suites, in run-down rooms, ethnic neighborhoods and sedate suburbs, Husbands and Lovers is about men and women losing--and finding themselves--in the America of the gritty 1970s and glitzy 1980s.

The five books in the Park Avenue Series are available as single ebooks and in two Boxed Sets:  Books 1-3 and 1-5

Decades (Book # 1)--The bestselling classic! The compelling story of a marriage at risk, a family in crisis and a woman on the brink. "Absolutely perfect." --Publisher's Weekly "Terrific!" --Cosmopolitan "Powerful. A gripping novel." --Women Today Book Club

Love And Money (Book #3)--#1 on Amazon's Movers and Shakers list. Rich girl, poor girl. Sisters and strangers until fate--and murder--bring them face to face. "Richly plotted. First-class entertainment." --NY Times   "Fast-paced, superior fiction. A terrifically satisfying 'good read.'" --Fort Lauderdale News Sun-Sentinel

Modern Women (Book # 4)--Million-copy NYT bestseller! #1 on Amazon's prestigious Movers and Shakers List!  Three likable, dynamic women--and the men in their lives. The right men. The wrong men. The maybe men.  "Funny, sad, vivid, and raunchy. Harris seeks to enliven and entertain, and she does it in spades." --The Cleveland Plain-Dealer  "Ruth Harris's rapier wit spices up a superb 'rags to riches' novel. You'll love Modern Women." --West Coast Review of Books "Sharp and stylishly written." --Chicago Sun-Times

The Last Romantics (Book # 5)--A sweeping love story set in Paris and New York during the glamorous Jazz Age of the 1920's. He is dashing, handsome and celebrated but dangerously flawed. She is a gifted fashion designer who has the world at her feet. She is beautiful, charming, lonely, haunted."I love it, I love it! Fantastic, immensely readable." --Cosmopolitan "Gloriously romantic" --Kirkus


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"A contemporary tale of passion and commitment. Steamy, fast-paced, you will be spellbound. Harris is an insightful writer and her empathy for her women, especially the ugly duckling who makes herself into a swan adds a satisfying obbligato of reality." --Cosmopolitan magazine

"Harris relates the games of love and war in a fast-forward, high octane style, resurrecting the nervous Seventies through a welter of accurate detail, from the clothes and books and other cultural artifacts to the sexual mores of the period. A dead-on accurate social critic, Harris has capture the feel of being young and hungry and ambitious in New York. Husbands And Lovers explores this changing dynamic of the dance between the sexes as few popular novels have done before. Deserves a large audience." --New Woman magazine

"Harris is dangerously close to moving beyond the reef that separates the lagoon of popular fiction from deeper waters.  Her prose is sharp, her eye keen. With a pen like the rapier of Zorro, she slashes across the breeches of characters whose foibles she exposes." --Christian Science Monitor

"Brilliant, trenchant, chic and ultra-sophisticated. Ruth Harris is a writer who has all the intellect of Mary McCarthy, all the insight of Joan Didion." --Fort Worth Star-Telegram

From the Author

I'm a million-copy New York Times and Amazon bestselling author and a Romantic Times award winner for "best contemporary." My "emotional," "entertaining" books have sold millions of copies in hard cover, paperback and ebook editions, been translated into 19 languages, sold in 30 countries, and were prominent selections of leading book clubs including the Literary Guild and the Book Of The Month Club.

I write about strong, savvy, witty women who struggle to succeed and, when sometimes they don't get what they want, find something even better along the way. Critics have compared me to Nora Ephron and Joan Didion and called my books  "brilliant," "steamy," "stylishly written," "richly plotted," "first-class entertainment" and "a sure thing."

With my husband, Michael, I indulge my wild side and write bestselling thrillers with vivid characters, international backgrounds and compelling plots. Publisher's Weekly called our thrillers "Slick and sexy with all the sure elements of a big seller written by pros who know how to tell a story." Readers have raved, calling our thrillers "awesome," "gripping," "chilling," "a must-read," and "a real page-turner."

My Mom was an RN who had a trove of big-city hospital stories--some funny, some sad, some touching--and told them with great style. My Dad loved words, word play and language and he is remembered by those who knew him as "always reading." As a girl, I wanted to be a professional ice skater. In my teens, I wanted to be a lawyer--a summer job in a law office cured me! After college, I got a beginner's job in publishing and my career path--first as an editor and then as a writer--was set.
  
Call Me Maybe but reach me definitely at harris.ruth.c@gmail.com. I love hearing from readers!

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating read! March 21, 2011
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Husbands and Lovers is the story of four main characters, set mainly against the backdrop of the 1970's and 1980's. True life events were woven into the fictional story throughout the novel, which very much set the stage for the characters. Being a child of the 1970's and a teen of the 1980's, I am a bit younger than the characters, but definately old enough to remember most of those events which really added to my enjoyment of the story.

The story was centered on four main characters: Carlys (the married woman), Jade (the single woman), George (the lover), and Kirk (the husband). It opened with a prologue in which events were taking place in their present tense, although the circumstances were left intentionally vague, for reasons that become clear near the end of the book.

Each part of the novel focused on one of those four characters, going back and forth in time to tell their story. That back and forth can make the reading of a story confusing and somewhat muddy, but there was absolutely none of that with this book. Instead it added to the interest of the characters and their stories and backstories. While each character was developed in their own part of the novel, their stories were woven together throughout the story. I really enjoyed the fact that no matter how much you learned about a character, enough was left unexplained that it throroughly built the suspense for the end of the novel. All that had been unexplained or left vague came together in the end and made for a great conclusion to the stories of these four characters.

Because so much has changed in society since the time in which this story was set, it was interesting to revisit it and really see those changes.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Narcissists & the Women Who Love & Suffer Them March 9, 2012
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When a book begins with a main character toting a gun & on a collision course with a spouse & their lover & their lover's lover, all one can do is find out how all this came to be. This was a fast paced & sometimes fun, sometimes infuriating read. Ruth Harris writes characters that feel so true you can't help but go along on their emotional rollercoaster ride lives. Carlys, Kirk, Jade & George are a palette of greys, with none being wholly a hero or villain. I enjoyed that because it made them believable & also went a long way making the story flow well to a satisfying conclusion. The men were just as infuriating as the women & for anything the women endured (Winn & Barry, I'm looking @ you!), I couldn't help yelling "Make better choices! You don't have to take that!" As a woman who didn't experience this period in history (the 70s & early 80s), I find it's fascinating to read & take in all the points of view the characters are caught up in shaded by the times & trying to figure out the next step. They seem to be running away from things just as much as they're running toward other things. I think I can see why my mother had all the authors books on her bookshelf. They're quite engaging. Like watching Mad Men set a bit later. The rules were technically different but people were still people & don't just change attitudes or the way they were brought up, overnight.

I'd recommend this if you're looking for something to read over a weekend. It's soapy & still gives you moments to ponder.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it! June 15, 2011
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I enjoyed this book very much. Set in the 70's, the author wove references to historical fact into the book. The characters were believable and likeable, but with flaws that we all have. Highly recommend!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Insight June 26, 2011
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My mother had a copy of this book when it was first published in the 80's, I recently found it and boy was it a pleasant surprise. It really was a great insight into the "me" generation that some of us missed. I am glad to see it has been rediscovered and enjoyed by others.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE PSYCHOLOGICAL VIEW POINT!! March 5, 2011
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USING THE ZIETGIEST OF THE LATER 70'S AND EARLY 80'S AS A BACK DROP, RUTH HARRIS BRINGS TO THE FOREFRONT HER FOUR CHARACTERS AND PROTRAYS THEM TO THE READER IN A WAY THAT GIVES US INSIGHT INTO THEIR PAST AND PRESENT ALLOWING US TO SEE THE PSYCHOLOGICAL DYNAMICS OF THEIR EGOS AND THEIR PLASTIC PERSONALITIES, SEEKING TO FIND MEANING IN LIFE THROUGH THEIR EXTERNAL POSSESIONS AND RELATIONSHIPS. THE CHARACTERS STRIVE TO HAVE A FULLFILLING LIFE AND SENSE OF SELF BY GAINING POWER, CONTROL, RICHES, LUXURY, AND LOVE, IN ADDITION TO, CLIMBING THE CORPORATE LADDER IN BIG BUSINESS, AND THROUGH THEIR RELATIONSHIPS. THEIR NEED TO BE WANTED AND GIVEN ULTIMATE ATTENTION, AS WELL AS, SATISFYING THEIR MATERIALISTIC NEEDS AND THEIR GREED, ALLOWS THEM TO DEVELOP INTO PLASTIC PEOPLE. THEIR DESIRE FOR MEANING IN LIFE FALLS SHORT OF SATISFACTION. RUTH HARRIS GIVES US INSIGHT FROM THEIR PAST AS TO HOW THEIR DEVELOPMENT DROVE THEM TO THIS END CAUSING THEM TO HAVE MARRIEGES THAT DO SOMERSAULTS, AND PLAUGED BY DISLOYALTY GET TURNED UPSIDE DOWN. SHE ALSO PROTRAYS THE GREED, DISLOYALTY, AND RESENTMENTS, AS WELL AS,THE FLASE SENSE OF SECURITY THAT CAN BE CREATED IN THE COPORATE WORLD. HER CHARACTERS ARE UNABLE TO FOLLOW THEIR INTERNAL COMPASS AND AS A RESULT CREATE A VERY DRAMATIC ENDING TO THEIR ENTANGLEMENTS. GREAT READING AND EASE IN IDENTIFYING WITH THESE CHARCTERS.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Crazy--Both The Good & Bad Kind
This book is a crazy ride. If you aren't hung up on editing, then it will be an enjoyable one. If you find yourself counting adverbs and grammatical errors, than you'll find... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Jenifer Sako
3.0 out of 5 stars keeps the interest
She read too much Judith Krantz, and she lapses into dull chronicling, but you do care about the characters, and from time to time, she skillfully evokes what was glorious about... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amy
4.0 out of 5 stars Love in the 70's and 80's
Interesting insight into the 70's and 80's which was in itself fascinating. However, it was written in the manner of a documentary and I couldn't connect with the characters... Read more
Published 4 months ago by LeeLee
1.0 out of 5 stars Would not buy the book or the series.
ThIs has been the hardest book to read, and I read a lot. The plot is difficult to follow. There is too much background stuff going on and not enough push and pull with the main... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Katherine D. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Sex, Survival and Introspection
I came to NYC in the seventies and Harris captures perfectly the youthful nervous excitement of that time. Will you be a casualty or survivor in the cauldron of that decade?
Published 6 months ago by Dangerfield
5.0 out of 5 stars INVOLVING, INTELLIGENT, ENTERTAINING
Husbands And Lovers is outstanding, a novel about four people—Carlys, Jade, George and Kirk—and their intertwining lives and relationships. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sigguy
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read!
You THINK you are going to sit down for a fast read. You THINK you are going to do a bit of multi-tasking, look at the tv, scan your emails, sip your coffee, and skim through this... Read more
Published 6 months ago by snow leopard mom
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable!
I liked this book, it really grasped the 1970s working woman for me. The character backgrounds were well written and fun to read. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Theresa Palermo
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and Thought Provoking
Ruth Harris successfully transports us back to the 70's and 80's in this fascinating look into the lives of both men and women as they face personal and professional struggles. Read more
Published on April 4, 2012 by The Kindle Book Review
1.0 out of 5 stars absolutely awful, couldn't continue ...
It was awful, I couldn't even finish the book. I usually stick through to the end, sure that there will be some redeeming value to the book. Not this one!
Published on July 7, 2011 by Animallover
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Ruth Harris is a million-copy New York Times and Amazon bestselling author and a Romantic Times award winner for "best contemporary." Ruth's emotional, entertaining fiction has topped Amazon's prestigious Movers and Shakers list and her highly praised novels have sold millions of copies in hard cover, paperback and ebook editions, been translated into 19 languages, sold in 30 countries, and were prominent selections of leading book clubs including the Literary Guild and the Book Of The Month Club. In their e-book editions, Ruth's novels have been featured on Ereader News Today, Pixel of Ink and Kindle Nation Daily.

Ruth writes about strong, savvy, witty women who struggle to succeed and, when sometimes they don't get what they want, they find something even better along the way. Critics have compared Ruth to Nora Ephron and Joan Didion and called her books  "brilliant," "steamy," "stylishly written," "richly plotted," "first-class entertainment" and "a sure thing." 

With her husband, Michael, Ruth indulges her wild side and writes bestselling thrillers with vivid characters, international backgrounds and compelling plots. Their thrillers have made numerous appearances in the top 3 of Kindle's prestigious Movers & Shakers list;  in the Top 100 in the Kindle Store;  Hooked has appeared continually on three Medical bestseller lists since its publication;  #1 and #2 on two different Political bestseller lists;  #14 on the Thrillers bestseller list.

Publisher's Weekly called Ruth's and Michael's thrillers "Slick and sexy [with] all the sure elements of a big seller written by pros who know how to tell a story." Readers have raved, calling their books "awesome," "gripping," "chilling," "a must-read," and "a real page-turner."

It's no surprise Ruth is a writer. Her Mom was an RN who had a trove of big-city hospital stories--some funny, some sad, some touching--and loved telling them. Her Dad loved words and language--Ruth still has his collection of dictionaries--and he is remembered by those who knew him as "always reading." Ruth's paternal grandfather was noted for his extensive library and both her parents were avid readers: her Mom loved popular fiction and her Dad bought four or five newspapers every day and subscribed to what seemed to be every magazine published--from Life and Look to BusinessWeek and Organic Gardening.

As a girl, Ruth wanted to be a professional ice skater. In her teens, she wanted to be a lawyer--a summer job in a law office cured her! After college, she got a beginner's job in publishing and her career path--first as an editor and then as a writer--was set.

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