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When a Man Loves a Woman: Enhanced Multimedia Edition [Kindle Edition]

Alina Adams
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Book Description

Ever since their medical school days, James Elliot and Deborah Brody have been best friends and colleagues. Deborah has been married for the past 20 years to Max, but no one understands her like Elliot.

Tragedy strikes when Max dies of a heart attack. Deb is emotionally shattered. Elliot comforts her as best he can, but comfort unexpectedly leads to a night of passion.

Elliot has been in love with Deb since college, but he never would have acted had Max still been alive. Deb is guilt-stricken over what happened. Their emotional dilemma is complicated by a budget crisis at the hospital. Events may set these two on opposite sides of a divide. Can their long-time friendship turn into love?

Alina Adams returns with a profound and emotionally wrenching tale of love and loss. WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN will bring both a tear to your eye and a smile to your heart.


"When A Man Loves A Woman" is an unsentimental story of love, healing, and friendship that moves me to tears more than once. It is also amazing in its realistic portrayal of a woman tearing up in guilt. Deb has taken her husband as well as James for granted, and now that Max is gone, she sees how selfish she has been and start flaying herself in guilt. How she slowly comes to terms with herself makes wonderful and uplifting reading…. Who says doctors can't be good lovers? In this story, doctors rule. In a time when contemporary romances seem to be nothing more than cowboy-sheriff-protects-city-girl-bent-on-beating-the-biological-clock fluff, to read a story with real emotional conflicts with real characters from an author who doesn't take the easy way out with predictable characterizations is indeed a wonderful pleasure to be savored.

What matters most in this book are the characters and their relationship. The conflict that almost tears Brody and Elliot apart strikes me as completely believable. It is compounded of Brody’s fears and insecurities and Elliot’s pride and his own fears. I suppose some readers may fault some of Brody’s actions, some of her responses. But even when I found her behavior ill-considered, I understood where she was coming from. This is the mark of a good author.

Elliot is an incredible hero in many ways. He has put his needs in the background to maintain a friendship that was important to him, but once the obstacle to his love is gone, he is almost at a loss. He truly wants to love Brody, but cannot let her continue to use him. He wants and deserves more…. The feelings of both these characters are poignant and painful, and the resolution brought a tear to my eye. In a way, this book was like some visits to the doctor's office, uncomfortable and frustrating at times, but ultimately, a positive experience. By the time you close the book, you'll have a pretty clean bill of mental health.

Alina Adams is the author of the “New York Times” best-seller “Oakdale Confidential,” and the co-author of the best-selling “Jonathan’s Story” (with Julia London). She wrote the Figure Skating Mystery series (“Murder on Ice,” “On Thin Ice,” “Axel of Evil,” “Death Drop” and “Skate Crime”) for Berkley Prime Crime.

The enhanced multimedia edition of “When a Man Loves a Woman” features all the text of the original 2000 DELL release, as well as links to music to compliment each chapter.

“When a Man Loves a Woman” can be read on a Kindle, Nook, or other standard tablet, but an Internet connection and the ability to play video (such as over an iPad, cell-phone, or desk-top computer) is necessary for the music.

Product Details

  • File Size: 440 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Alina Adams Media (September 16, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005NSDVO6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #656,664 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good "friends into lovers" romance February 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
When a Man Loves a Woman is the title of a classic song from 1966 by Percy Sledge. It's also the title of an enhanced ebook by Alina Adams. What's an enhanced ebook? An enhanced ebook has added content from other media. In the case of this particular book, the added content happens to be music videos. Appropriately, one of the music videos is Percy Sledge singing the title track.

But what about the story? The story is also a classic. James Elliot met Deb Brody in med school and fell instantly in love with her. There was just one problem. Deb Brody was already married, to a really nice guy named Max. So for the next 20 years, James Elliot was the perfect best friend. Always there, always helpful, always supportive, and never letting Deb suspect for one single second that he felt anything other than friendship for her.

Fast-forward 20 years. Deb and Elliot are both successful doctors. So successful that Deb is Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery and Elliot is the Chief of the Pediatric Trauma Center at Los Angeles Valley Hospital. There have always been nasty rumors about their close friendship, but Max always knew that the rumors had no validity. Because Deb never let herself see that Elliot played the field vigorously because all the women he dated had one fatal flaw that Max pointed out to her exactly once, all those other women were not Deb.

But Max died of a heart-attack at the age of 44, and the situation was suddenly very, very different.

Deb's friendship with Elliot is the most important relationship in her life. She loved her husband, but he is gone and she is alone. The first night after all of Max' relatives leave, after the funeral is over, she asks Elliot to stay. He's stayed before, the guest bedroom is practically his.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars When a Man Loves a Woman November 29, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Drs. Brody and Elliot have been best friends for over twenty years, from the time they met in med school, when the unthinkable happens to Brody - her husband passes away. She needs to lean on her best friend, Elliot, but is afraid of losing him as she lost her husband. What Brody doesn't know is that Elliot has loved her for the last twenty years. When something unexpected happens, Brody isn't sure what to do except make sure that her friendship with Elliot stays intact - just as it had been out of respect for her recently dead husband. But can things ever be the same?

Have you ever fallen in love with your best friend? Can you overcome the biggest hurt and betrayal of your life to trust again? Ms. Adams tackles all of these questions with a deft hand and compelling characters. I thought it was good to be able to meet and get to know intimately the main characters. I've know a few sets of friends like this before and it's amazing to watch the dynamics change and the music to the dance speed up or slow down. Well-crafted with people and events which worm their way into your heart, this book is compelling. Add the music from the enhanced e-book and it makes it a rich and multi-layered experience to pick up When a Man Loves a Woman.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I hope there is a sequel for this book! November 16, 2011
By Gina
Format:Kindle Edition
Romantic, dramatic, humorous, sexy and hot. Think "When Harry met Sally", only steamier and it is absolutely a must read for any romance fan. Hopefully, there will be a sequel, focusing on the next generation of angst and love! This would make a great dramedy for television!

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2.0 out of 5 stars Very bad romance November 6, 2013
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Boy and girl meet. Become friends. She marries someone else. He dies. Boy wants girl. Girl doesn't realise she wants boy. Very annoying
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly Entertained March 6, 2013
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I enjoyed this book. Once I began reading I couldn't stop until I finished. I Am a sucker for a romance novel and this one didn't disappoint me.
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More About the Author

I get bored easily.

I started out writing romance ("The Fictitious Marquis," "Thieves at Heart," "Annie's Wild Ride," "When a Man Loves a Woman"), briefly dabbled in non-fiction ("Inside Figure Skating," "Sarah Hughes: Skating to the Stars), moved on to mysteries ("Murder on Ice," "On Thin Ice," "Axel of Evil," "Death Drop," "Skate Crime") and tried my hand at soap-opera tie-ins ("Oakdale Confidential," "Jonathan's Story," "The Man From Oakdale").

Now, what's really firing up my imagination is enhanced e-books; e-books with videos as part of the story.

My first effort is "Skate Crime: Multimedia." I took an excerpt from my final Figure Skating Mystery, and added professional videos by The Ice Theatre of New York. It's part mystery, part romance, part book, part movie, and all Storytelling for the 21st Century.

I have no idea what I'm doing exactly. It's not like I have a blueprint to follow, or even anyone who's created something like it before to emulate. But, I can confidently say... I'm not bored. (Yet.)

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