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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: #760,762 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
So often in contemporary romances, authors take two characters that really belong in another century, add a little suspense, and voila, they have a book. Alina Adams's When a Man Loves a Woman takes a different tack - this book deals with contemporary issues in a contemporary way. As a result, the love story feels authentic, and the two main characters are understood and liked by the reader.
Deb Brody and James Elliot have been friends since Med School began twenty years ago. Brody's been married this whole time, Elliot's been a bachelor. They have been best - call in the middle of the night when you're worried, show up when you know the other's in trouble, take care of you when you need it - friends. When Brody's husband dies, their relationship changes. Elliot is in love with Brody, but Brody wants to respect her dead husband.
About halfway through the book some workplace politics cause Brody to think that Elliot betrayed her and the book changes tracks very quickly. She is forced to reassess her relationship with Elliot and her feelings for him.
I enjoyed reading this book because I actually know people like the two main characters. They are flawed, but lovable people. They have made career and personal choices that affect their lives, and they are not 100% comfortable with them. They are the best of friends, but what do you do when the person you need most wants more from you than you're ready to give? What do you do when the person you've cared about most in your life thinks the worst of you? Adams addresses these questions deftly, and as a result, the book feels real - more like a story about people you know than a book about distant far-off places and people.
It is this intimacy that I enjoyed the most about this book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure romance story May 6, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Can friendship become love? That is the question for Doctors James Elliot and Deborah Brody. They've known each other since their freshman year of medical school, and though they characterize themselves as friends, in many ways they are more like siblings who have together weathered the trials of that institutional family substitute called The Medical Profession. Twenty years into their relationship, Deb is suddenly widowed, and the delicate balance between them abruptly changes. Elliot (they can't call each other by their given names - too intimate, perhaps?) has never married, Brody is suddenly available, and neither one of them seems able to negotiate the overwhelming possibility that they might actually love each other as man and woman.
The strength of this book lies in Alina Adams' written dialog and character development. There is no big suspense or mystery subplot, and not a lot of technical medical narrative - just the halting and sometimes painfully realistic unfolding of a relationship between two people who are very cerebral and who long ago had to learn how to suppress feelings and spontaneity in the service of their profession. In this respect, it's a romance in its purest form, and if you are used to a lot of action in your stories, you may find this one a little more challenging to read. It's a story that can't be read in one sitting because it's too intense, and at times, I had to put it down to take a breather. However, I found I couldn't abandon it. Brody and Elliot stuck to me like cockleburrs, and I had to find out what they were going to do about their dilemma. These characters are not starry-eyed and suddenly smitten; instead, there is a fairly pervasive sexual tension between them throughout the book.
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Very bad romance
Boy and girl meet. Become friends. She marries someone else. He dies. Boy wants girl. Girl doesn't realise she wants boy. Very annoying
Published 10 months ago by Gabrielle McCann
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly Entertained
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.
Published 18 months ago by Bonny Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked the music inspiration.
Each chapter of this book has a hyper-linked title that tracks back to a Youtube music video, appropriately illustrating it. Read more
Published on July 23, 2012 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars For romantics
When A Man Loves A Woman is a character driven novel about the complicated relationship between De James Elliot and Dr Deborah Brody. Read more
Published on July 22, 2012 by Shelleyrae
3.0 out of 5 stars Too Needy
For being an intelligent, successful doctor, Dr. Brody is needy, selfish and a whiner. If Dr. Elliott could pine for her for 20 years then he must be the saint. Read more
Published on July 3, 2012 by Winnie
5.0 out of 5 stars Friends and Lovers
James Elliot met Deb Brody in school and fell in love with her, but she was married. What to do? Become best friends, of course, and wait. Read more
Published on May 19, 2012 by Books & Stuff
1.0 out of 5 stars You Tube, really??
I bought this book based on the following attribute:
"What's an enhanced ebook? An enhanced ebook has added content from other media. Read more
Published on March 21, 2012 by Pamanista
4.0 out of 5 stars When a Man Loves a Woman
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. Read more
Published on November 29, 2011 by Star @ The Bibliophilic Book Blog
5.0 out of 5 stars I hope there is a sequel for this book!
Romantic, dramatic, humorous, sexy and hot. Think "When Harry met Sally", only steamier and it is absolutely a must read for any romance fan. Read more
Published on November 16, 2011 by Don
3.0 out of 5 stars I wish I liked it more......
I write this review with such mixed emotions. I really wanted to love this book, but there were just too many thing that made that impossible. Read more
Published on January 27, 2009 by Krista Lyn
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