Stuck with You
Paige Hart and Ross Bennett are attorneys fighting opposite sides of a divorce case. Paige is actually a tax attorney – she’s representing her cousin as a favor – but Ross is actually a divorce lawyer who specializes in divorce. Paige hates divorce lawyers; she thinks they prey off people’s misery. The fact that Ross is yummy and sexy doesn’t make her like him any better.
Then the courthouse is bombed and Ross and Paige are transported to the hospital in an ambulance carrying samples of the dreaded TVC disease to the Centers for Disease Control. They are both exposed to the virus and quarantined. Because the bombing injured so many people and the hospital is short on space, they are quarantined together in the same room.
TVC stands for Tibetan Concupiscence Virus. (What word springs to mind when you think of Tibet? Concupiscence, right? Me too.) The doctor on the case explains that its chief symptom is raging lust, and that they must remain in quarantine for several weeks. She also tells them that they may not have contracted the virus – but Ross and Paige know they must have, because their concupiscence levels are already on the rise.
This is certainly the first cabin romance I’ve ever read that takes place in a hospital quarantine ward. While the plot is more than a little silly, it’s also very funny and very sexy. The scenes in which Ross and Paige try to ignore their growing concupiscence (my new favorite word) by playing games and watching television are hilarious. Ross stops fighting it first, and the description of what happens when he convinces Paige to let down her resistance made me burst out laughing.
There’s more than sex going on in that room. There’s lots of clever, witty conversation. Paige learns that Ross isn’t quite the snake she assumed and Ross is impressed at how Paige devotes so much of her time and love to her family. Of course, in three weeks they must leave quarantine and return to their lives (and their divorce case). Will their love survive, or was it only TVC after all?
Ross and Paige are both very likable characters, both in and out of the hospital room, though towards the end of the book Paige began to wear on me. Her dislike of divorce lawyers was well-grounded in experience and seemed quite reasonable. But her continued insistence that Ross couldn’t possibly love her without TVC began to get old; after all, she’s smart, successful, attractive, and loved by her family. Why should she be so insecure about Ross’s love? There’s also a very nice secondary romance involving the doctor, who stole every scene she was in, and Paige’s brother.
Stuck With You is warm and funny and sensual and sweet. It falters a little bit towards the end, but the sexy love story and the laugh-out-loud moments more than make up for it.