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Sex, Lies & Hot Tubs by [Ambrose, Elissa]
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Length: 273 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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"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

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  • File Size: 736 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Muttsoft, Inc. (January 7, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 7, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0079OSS2M
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #740,206 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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What's a woman to do when she hits the milestone age of fifty, has a cheating husband and a rebellious seventeen year-old daughter? And the husband suddenly disappears? She obsesses about her marriage, soaks in the hot tub and searches for her missing husband of course!

Ellen Dunwell had just turned fifty years old when a week later her life turned upside down. Married to successful dermatologist Dr. Jeffrey Dunwell for twenty-eight years, this Scottsdale, Arizona couple has had their share of ups and downs in their marriage. Two years ago Jeffrey had an affair and left Ellen for a week, only to return to their marriage hat in hand full of apologies and promises that it will never happen again. But now two years later Ellen is once again suspicious about Jeffrey's possibly cheating with his new young and perky medical assistant Keeley Wilder. Ellen begins questioning the trust she has in Jeffrey to the point where she begins obsessing about their marriage and her overactive imagination is put on overdrive!

With blocked calls and hang ups; a husband who comes home late every night and doesn't return phones calls; a constant battle with their rebellious daughter; friends who give her a range of advice to either suck it up or have an affair; to a creepy twenty year old neighbor boy who is a peeping tom ... it's enough to send any woman over the edge ... that is until Jeffrey suddenly disappears from his medical office, and Ellen has to put on her sleuth cap and go in search of her missing hubby, only to get caught in a web of intrigue and danger that could put her life at stake!

Sex, Lies & Hot Tubs is an entertaining story full of drama, mystery and wry humor that will keep you turning the pages.
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Really more of a Black Comedy than a mystery. The story line is intriguing and there are a number of surprised throughout the book. I thought the study questions at the end was an unusual touch for this type of book.

Make no doubt about it this is a book about adultery, deception, and the human condition. You may not like many of the characters as they tend to be needy or weak willed. Hang on till the end it does end up making sense and several of the characters grow while others get what they deserve.

Not a romance, kind of a mystery, really a black comedy. There are some funny parts and some really uncomfortable parts as well as some R rated language and discussion of sex.
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