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Libby Vandermark and Michael Mulcahy are special agents for the FBI who can’t stand each other, for very different reasons. Imagine their mutual surprise when they are assigned to go undercover, as a married couple, to a marriage retreat/sex clinic, which might be a front for drugs.
Libby thinks Michael is exactly like her brothers and father; arrogant, overbearing, domineering; i.e. a Neanderthal!
Michael lusts after Libby, but doesn’t want to do anything about it
When they arrive, they are the perfect “un-happily” married couple with several problems. There are therapy sessions that actually let them see what’s wrong in their “relationship”.
Michael decides to get Libby in his bed, using scientific “theories”, so he can get over his case of “lust” while Libby wants to avoid that scenario completely. She doesn’t need another “Neanderthal” in her life.
What follows is the story of each of them trying to obtain their personal goals. Michael wins in the long run and the true characters come out. Michael is no longer in lust and Libby has no idea how it happened.
The book describes the inner workings of a fictional marriage retreat/sex clinic and when they discover the elevators have erotic art in them, they still don’t know what they are in for.
Libby and Michael are fighting both themselves and each other to avoid the inevitable. Neither one is thrilled with the results at first but slowly they are resigned to the fact.
The way Libby helped Michael toward the end lets the reader know more about her feelings, but it’s unfortunate that their true feelings for each other didn’t surface until close to the end of the book.
As a reader I felt the discovery of love came too late in the book – explanations helped the reader to understand, but there were opportunities that both had and didn’t use.
I enjoyed “Perfectly Incompatible” but was to the point of wanting to knock heads together to get the hero and heroine to admit their thoughts, even to themselves let alone each other.
However, if Ms. Dubois does the possible sequel suggested in the book, I would be willing to read it.