by Lynn Erickson

December 2004
ISBN: 0-425-19939-8
Reviewer Graphic Button Berkley
Mass Market Paperback

The song says Stand By Your Man, but when your man stands accused of the murder of his first wife, Samantha would you, without doubt, stand by him? Would you work ceaselessly as part of his defense team to prove his innocence? These are the questions facing Julia Innes, the second wife of Thomas Innes.

When the man who was convicted of Samantha’s murder is set free due to the fact that a witness from twelve years ago has recanted her story, and told a new one, and Thomas is arrested life for the Innes family takes a curve that they never anticipated. Ahead of them lies months of trial preparation, and their upscale Aspen home turns into a temporary law office for the defense team. For the next several months they will live, eat, and breathe the trial.

At least Julia will. Thomas seems to be totally unconcerned about the trial, and the potential outcome. He at times even seems distressed that the defense team of lawyer, Ellen Marshall, investigator and former homicide detective Cam Lazlo, and lawyer, assistant Dennis are working in his home.

As the pressures mount Julia feels not only tension about the possible outcome, but also a sexual tension with Cam. Cam also feels an attraction to Julia, but neither act on their feelings. They take stolen moments together, but nothing sexual ever comes of these times. However a relationship is building, that will put doubts about the futures that both thought were so assured.

Lynn Erickson wrote a story that captured my attention, and kept my eyes riveted to each page. Husband and Lover drew me in and made me feel as though each character was real, and someone whom I could call should I find myself in need of their services. From the awful arrest of Dr. Innes, through the tedious trial preparations, to the final plot twist I couldn’t put down Husband and Lover.

Reviewed in April 2005 by Sandi.

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