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Sex, Lies & Hot Tubs [Kindle Edition]

Elissa Ambrose
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Book Description

Meet Ellen Dunwell, doting wife, loving mother, high school teacher extaordinaire. She's worried that her husband, the respected Dr. Jeffrey Dunwell, successful dermatologist, wonderful father, great lover, is having another affair. A man of many interests, Jeffrey also dabbles in real estate. But Ellen won't confront him about what she's sure is his latest interest, his perky new lab assistant, Keeley Wilder. She doesn't want to sound like a shrew, but worse, what if she's right? As if that's not bad enough, her friends don't understand her, her neighbor's son is a Peeping Tom, and her angst-ridden teenage daughter is stashing pot in her room and dating a control freak. When Jeffrey suddenly disappears, Ellen nearly slips over the edge. Instead, she pulls herself together and sets out on a mission to find him--only to get caught up in a web of intrigue and danger, where nothing is as it seems and the stakes are her life.

Editorial Reviews


"What a great, fun story this was! It had it all romance, adultery, comedy, mystery, spying, teenager problems, secrets, more comedy. Whew!" ~ Susan Schleicher, The Book Bag
"Elissa Ambrose is a pure genius when it comes to grabbing your attention." ~ Stefany Thode, ToBeThode
"This novel is full of surprises and keeps you sitting on the edge of your seat just wanting to read more." ~  Kerry-Ann McDade, Reading a Little Bit of Everything
"The fun has only just begun ... a great women's fiction novel. Plenty of drama, mystery, and much more." ~ Nikki Barrett, Storm Goddess Book Reviews
"Author Elissa Ambrose weaves an intriguing tale told in the first person narrative by the quirky protagonist Ellen Dunwell, who takes the reader along for the ride as her crazy marital life story unfolds before her eyes ... A fast-paced witty story that has enough comedy, mystery, romance, and real-life drama that will keep you hooked until the surprising and shocking ending!" ~ Kathleen Anderson, Jersey Girl Book Reviews
"You know you are engrossed in a story when you have your Kindle balanced on your laptop so you can sneak in sentences while working! A big 5 star review for me" ~ Samantha March, Chick Lit Plus

Product Details

  • File Size: 700 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Muttsoft, Inc. (January 7, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0079OSS2M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #549,257 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Outstanding Book! April 24, 2012
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Shortly after her 50th birthday, Ellen begins to believe her husband of twenty-eight years is cheating on her - again. Late nights, aloof behavior, missing dinners - they all lead up to an increase in suspicion that weighs heavily on her mind as she wonders whether or not she should trust her instincts. She doesn't know what to do or how to handle the situation and her friends are no help. One friend advises her to go have an affair, while another tells her she's being paranoid and is driving him away. Who to believe? In the midst of all this, she has a teenage daughter who's acting out, and Ellen is overwhelmed trying to keep her family together and her sanity in place... Then Jeffrey disappears. From that moment on, Ellen feels her world crashing down around her, and everything she thought she knew about her family proves to be just the surface of a very deep iceberg.

This book was outstanding, well-written and fast-paced. Ellen was so realistic that I could relate to her every decision, her fears, frustration and helplessness as though these emotions were my own. I was on the edge of my seat all the way to the stunning ending, and I felt I was right in the midst of the drama as it played out.

Can you overcome the loss of trust following a cheating spouse? In Ms. Ambrose's realistic portrayal of Ellen's situation, you can understand how a woman would feel following an affair, how difficult it is to regain the trust that has been severed, and how dramatically it impacts an entire family. Written with a touch of humor, you can't help but sympathize with Ellen's insecurities and laugh at her foibles.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring July 16, 2013
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The best part of this novel were the last few chapters when some action FINALLY occurred. I'm sorry I just didn't like this novel- I felt the characters were either weak, whiny, or just plain slimy. Not one likable character in the novel so I didn't connect to the story. There were a few, and I mean, a few chuckle worthy moments but this novel is not all that it's cracked up to be. Please inject some self-esteem and self-worth into the Ellen because as it stands she was a walking door mat.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing June 12, 2013
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This book started out okay but just got more ridiculous as it went on. The main character, Ellen, was frustrating and hard to sympathize with. During her "investigation" of her husband's disappearance, as more things were revealed- well, I almost threw in the towel. It became border line unreadable. I expected more suspense/mystery, but instead it was catty and annoying most of the time.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sex, Lies, & Hottubs May 3, 2012
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The family in this book redefines the word "dysfunctional", from the hopeful yet delusional Mom/School Teacher,to the philandering and morally void husband/businessman, to the bratty, street-savvy teen age daughter, to the many zany friends and neighbors. It is fast paced and filled with humor -- some good and some...? I gave it 3 stars, but it hovers between a 3 and a 4. The ending saves the rating for me. I recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It! October 21, 2012
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Elissa Ambrose is now on tour with CLP Blog Tours and Sex, Lies & Hot Tubs. What a book! You know you are engrossed in a story when you have your Kindle balanced on your laptop so you can sneak in sentences while working! I think that is the definition of "not being able to put a book down." I had a great time with this book and the characters that filled the pages. Ellen Dunwell is our MC, a mother, a wife, a friend, and a high school teacher. She stumbled upon her husband's - a dermatology doctor- affair in the past with his receptionist, and now she has a suspicion that he is back to his usual ways. When he goes missing, the mystery is amped. Did her really take off with a new girlfriend? What about his shady new side business Ellen thinks he got involved in - could something have taken a wrong turn in that aspect? Ellen is also dealing with a hormone-charged, angst-ridden teenage daughter calling for attention, as well as her students, her friends, and a Peeping Tom neighbor.

There is a lot going on in this book, but I never felt confused or unable to get into a sub-plot. Ambrose gives readers mystery, humor, suspense, sex, and a quick-pace that made me finish this within two days. I really don't want to give anything away because there is plenty of shock-able moments, but I can't recommend this book more. A big 5 star review for me, and another to add to my Favorites List!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Huh?? December 1, 2013
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Nobody is that dumb - I only finished it to see how he would extricate himself from all of these affairs - don't waste your time. Glad it was free so all I wasted was time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read but not unique May 14, 2013
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Interesting read, light, funny in parts. As the story unfolds, it gets a bit unbelievable, no one is that blind. Story ending is rather formula, not very unique. Overall, OK, not great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You won't be able to put it down! December 20, 2012
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To say that this book is good is an understatement. It is delicately, professionally crafted, with a perfectly written plot that never lets the tension stop. Is it a book about relationships? Yes, since it involves the complex relationship between a cheating, domineering husband and a wife who lives in denial. Is it a mystery? Absolutely, because when the husband disappears, the situation and the wife's determination to unearth the evidence is a classic detective story at its best. Is it a psychological drama? No doubt. The psyche of the wronged wife, the husband, and the daughter are thoroughly examined and the author brings to light the incredibly complex human nature of all three.

The characters are entirely three-dimensional, complex, flesh and blood human beings. They are delineated with such skill that the author has achieved something with me that most modern authors do not. I actually liked the protagonist, even though she is the type of woman I usually dislike, or even despise. And yet, I liked her. I sympathized with her, and so would you, no matter how you would feel about her behavior.

It's a wonderful book. Don't miss it. And it's the perfect Christmas present for any intelligent woman you want to give a book to.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read
This book was enjoyable. It was drawn out in some sections but the storyline itself was interesting and the characters were well thoughtful.
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea
Kind of dragged along and the ending did not fit the situation, in my humble opinion
Published 2 months ago by Redapple
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting
Well, this is surprisingly interesting and intriguing. The twst in the end was quite a shock! I think I'll never look at bath tubs the same way again!
Published 6 months ago by Arianne
3.0 out of 5 stars hmmmm,
This could have been a better book. I read a lot and I had a hard time getting into this book. Is Ellen's husband cheating? Is she overreacting? It drags on and on. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Robynhasthree
2.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat boring
Had a tough time staying interested in this one.
Published 7 months ago by C. Keith Gierman
3.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing
Let me preface this by saying that I have little patience for otherwise intelligent woman who "stand by their man" even when their man is controlling, manipulative, and perpetually... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Bf
3.0 out of 5 stars REVIEW of Sex, Lies & Hot Tubs
Maybe it was just me, but this book was not in the top 50 books that I've read. It was just slow and didn't keep my attention. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Teresa R
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy Read
This is an easy read, something to pass the time. I found it very predictable and that is why I have given it 3 stars.
Published 13 months ago by nuyear1975
4.0 out of 5 stars Kept me interested
There were several twists and turns that I did not foresee, yet some things were obvious. I found myself getting angry at the lead character, which shows I was invested in the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by N. J. L.
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspensful
This book always came up with a twist and turn to keep it fresh, the characters are well developed and all have good roles.
Published 13 months ago by Hanna DImitroff
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Born and raised in Montreal, Canada, Elissa has been a donut maker, a librarian, a computer programmer, and an editor − but always a writer. She and her husband now live in Arizona. (Yes, it's hot, but it's a dry heat. And you can't shovel heat.)

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