They were the best of friends and the most daunting of bachelors... Charlie Harrington, a charming, handsome philanthropist, has such high expectations for his perfect bride that no mortal need apply... Adam Weiss, a forty-something celebrity lawyer, prefers his women very young, very voluptuous, and very short term ... And for Gray Hawk, a gifted artist with a knack for attracting troubled relationships, women are fine; it's just the idea of family he can't imagine (particularly the family of the woman he's dating).
Now, the three friends, spending their annual summer vacation cruising the Mediterranean aboard Charlie's majestic yacht, are about to have their bachelorhoods rocked. By autumn, all three will fall precipitously into relationships they never saw coming. Charlie begins dating a crusading social worker who couldn't be further from his ideal until he makes a stunning discovery about her. Adam gets involved with his usual twenty-something bombshell only this one has a remarkable mind of her own. And Gray, who has avoided both business and family like the plague, has managed to fall head over heels for a successful career woman who just happens to be a mother as well.
As another holiday on the yacht approaches, and with it, a turning point in each man's life, the three bachelors are forced to face the things that scare them most: their phobias about relationships, the wounds of the past and the kind of women who challenge their deepest terrors. What happens next will spark big changes for Charlie, Adam, and Gray and might just put an end to their carousing days forever. For as the once-carefree trio is about to discover, love is the most unpredictable adventure of all.
Filled with all the joy, complexity and unexpected surprises of life, Toxic Bachelors is Danielle Steel at her poignant and penetrating best.
About The Author
Danielle Steel is one of the world's most popular authors, with over 560 million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include Bungalow 2, Sisters, H.R.H., Coming Out, The House, Toxic Bachelors, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina's life and death.
When you've got three attractive men in a Steel novel, each determined to stay single, you can expect romance, love and marriage vows around the corner, as well as the usual mix of glamour, fashion and wealth. Charles Sumner Harrington, born to affluence, has no family and, following several botched engagements, is, at 46, a perfectionist who will probably never meet the woman of his dreams. Adam Weiss, a Harvard Law-trained hotshot, was burned by a nasty divorce; at 41, he is a sworn bachelor who parties with the pretty, young and clueless. Gray Hawk, a New York artist living hand-to-mouth at 50, was adopted at birth by globe-trotting, drug-taking rock stars; he's drawn exclusively to women whose middle name is "victim." The three friends take their annual summer Mediterranean booze cruise on Charles's luxurious yacht, and in the hubbub there and back in New York, each ends up crossing paths with a woman who turns his life upside down. After the initial bliss, there are confrontations, challenges and threats to promising relationships. Despite relentlessly reiterating her characters' Freudian backstories, Steel delivers the inevitable happy endings in the usual nontoxic, satisfying manner. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
-- Publishers Weekly
In her umpteenth novel, best-selling author Steel (Second Chance) tells the story of three commitment-phobic men and the women who try to tame them. First there's Charlie, a philanthropist who fears abandonment and finds a "fatal flaw" in every woman he dates. Adam, meanwhile, is a divorced celebrity lawyer in his forties who hooks up with twentysomethings and funds their breast implants and nose jobs. Finally, meet Gray, an artist with familial issues who attracts troubled women and drives them away after much drama. Can Carole, Maggie, and Sylvia make honest men out of these obstinate, toxic bachelors? Gee, what do you think? Steel's latest book is predictable and features flat, unsympathetic male characters. As for the women, with their chutzpa, it's amazing they give these jerks the time of day. Still, public libraries should expect high demand from Steel's loyal fans. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 7/05.]-Samantha J. Gust, Niagara Univ. Lib., NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
-- Library Journal
Three die-hard bachelors with issues meet their matches in the publishing titan's latest fairy tale, her third this year (Miracle, June 2005, etc.). Longtime friends Charlie, Adam and Gray have only the vaguest notions that their single-by-choice lifestyle might not be as great as it seems. To be fair, any misgivings seem tiny in comparison to the splendor of blueblood Charlie's yacht, where the guys have assembled for their annual August Mediterranean jaunt. They drink, dance and flirt their way through charmed locations, secure in the knowledge that even if they end up alone, they still have each other. These free agents are not really unrepentant cads, though, so much as neurotic New Yorkers, and facing their commitment phobias is what propels the love stories forward. Charlie is a rich philanthropist who claims to want marriage but cannot stop fixating on the "fatal flaw" he discovers in each new girlfriend. Adam is a bitter, divorced entertainment lawyer who limits himself to short affairs with gold-digging 20-year-old bimbos, and sensitive painter Gray is a psycho-chick magnet repeatedly drawn to-and dumped by-damaged women he hopes to save. It is during a stop in Portofino that Gray meets Sylvia, a warm, successful (and resolutely sane) gallery owner, signaling a possible end to the happy brotherhood. Back in New York, Charlie befriends Carole, a self-righteous social worker uncomfortable with his vast wealth. Hedonistic Adam gets his life turned upside down by a sweet waitress with a secret life whom he meets at a client's rock concert. Their various relationships take different routes, but all arrive at the same destination. It is love, sweet love, that changes these big 'olscaredy cats into happy husbands. Steel's massive fan base is unlikely to quibble, but the author displays a stunning tendency to repeat a point four or more times when once would have been sufficient. By-the-numbers romance, with pop psychology overtones.
-- Kirkus Reviews
Number Of Pages: 447
Published: 26th September 2006
Publisher: DELL PUB
Dimensions (cm): 17.323 x 10.871 x 2.692
Weight (kg): 0.231