Ronnie Honneker likes the idea of being Senator Lewis Honneker's wife much more than she actually likes being married to him. She may prefer the status of her marriage: the power, the prestige, the wealth, the comforts and beautiful things that such a marriage provides, but for Ronnie it is also an acutely lonely marriage. For she is the second wife. Married to the Honorable Lewis Honneker, a man twice her age who is wealthy, successful, and revered by the voters in his home state of Mississippi.
What the public doesn't know is that this pillar of the community is actually quite fond of engaging in casual indiscretions. Now he is running for re-election and his lovely young wife is expected to stand beside him. Though she is publicly scorned as the woman who broke up the senator's first marriage, Ronnie does her best to promote her husband's re-election campaign. Yet her husband is not the man she thought he was, and although long accustomed to it, Ronnie despises the strain of the campaign trail - especially the constant facade and total lack of privacy.
The glamorous political life can't make up for the emptiness deep in her heart, a dark space which she fears will never be filled. Until political strategist Tom Quinlan enters the picture. Hired to soften Ronnie's public image, Tom prides himself on his work, never mixing business with pleasure. Solid, quietly handsome, the quintessential southern boy-next-door, he is called in to enhance Senator Honneker's campaign and he takes his job very seriously.
To him, Ronnie is a job. Certainly a challenging one; but remaking Mrs. Honneker's public image is nothing more than a routine assignment to Tom Quinlan. Ronnie Honneker is perhaps one of Tom's most challenging assignments - she is difficult to direct, and can definitely test any man's patience. So why does he find himself unable to stop thinking about her? Her flowing auburn hair, her long, perfectly muscled legs, those inviting chocolate-brown eyes? Tom has never allowed himself to surrender to such feelings. . .until now.
Ronnie never expected to find love again; and certainly not with a man like Tom Quinlan. However, as much as she may try, she just can't ignore the desire that Tom ignites in her or the newly-awakened passions that he inflames within her - feelings she'd once thought were gone forever. And she knows that the tempers flaring between them are just a cover for their barely contained passions. Together they discover that love and politics make uneasy bedfellows as they must contend with their developing attraction to each other, a swarm of snooping reporters, and a public which is growing increasingly suspicious of their relationship.
Yet when the senator is found murdered and Ronnie is accused of the crime, only Tom believes she is innocent. Now the two must work together to uncover the senator's sordid secrets; as the Honorable Lewis Honneker died while in the midst of a particularly sticky scandal. But as the stakes rise, they learn that they must watch their backs. And follow their hearts.
While I certainly enjoyed the plot of this story; in my personal opinion, there was an overly heavy focus on the romance of the plot. Whereas I perhaps would have appreciated fewer graphic sexually explicit scenes in the story - I prefer for the romantic scenes to be left up to the reader's imagination more often, I suppose - I really enjoyed the mysterious part of the plot. Overall, I would give The Senator's Wife by Karen Robards a B+!
I think that I have at least two more of Ms. Robards' books on my bookshelf that I'd be interested in searching out and reading sometime in the future, but for right now it's not imperative to me.
Karen Robards is a great writter. this is suspensful and good reading. surprise ending
modern love story - adultary, murder.
Karen Robards mysteries leave me sitting on the edge of my chair. I always enjoy her books.
Ms reaches new highths with this sizzling novel.
Got this book just browsing on PBS.com. Really enjoyed it. A good read!
Ronnie likes the idea of being Senator Lewis Honneker's wife a whole lot more than she actually likes being married to him. She loves the power, the prestige, and of course the wealth and all of the comforts and beautiful things that he provides. But Ronnie is acutely lonely. Her husband is not the man she thought he was, and although long accustomed to it, Ronnie despises the strain of the campaign trail--especially the constant facade and total lack of privacy.
If those problems weren't enough, Lewis's voters despise Ronnie. As the younger, sexy, second wife, the senator's loyal constituency think that Ronnie broke up his first marriage. Because Lewis is up for reelection, expert political consultant Tom Quinlan is brought in to change Ronnie's image. He finds the task to be far more of a challenge then he expected--not only because Ronnie is difficult to direct, but also because the two can't keep their hands off each other. When the senator is found murdered and Ronnie is accused of the crime, only Tom believes she is innocent. The two work together to uncover the senator's sordid secrets.
Elizabeth Perkins is young, beautiful, and Missouri Senator Howard Perkins's second wife. Her stepchildren are older than she is, and they don't like her. Neither do the voters, a fact that is hurting her husband's reelection campaign. Enter political strategist James Garth. His plan to make Elizabeth more appealing to voters (wear a "quieter" wardrobe, adopt a puppy from the pound) is a success, helped, ironically, by news reports of her husband's infidelities. Falling in love with his client was not part of Garth's plan, and word of their affair has repercussions neither dreamed of when the senator is found dead under very suspicious circumstances. An exciting and sometimes humorous plot, interesting characters, and a hot romance combine to make this a delightful story. Readers who enjoyed Robards's last romantic adventure (Heartbreakers, Delacorte, 1997) or the romance and political intrigue of Sandra Brown's Exclusive (Warner, 1996) will love this.
Senator's wife falls for a dashing politician. When she discovers his constant need for other women, it was already too late. Now all the glamour of politics can't make up for her lonliness--or her husband's affairs.