Redeeming The Amazon by L.V. Lewis
How does a former supermodel deal with body image when she’s lost an essential hallmark of her femininity?
Most come to The Beaudelaire Hotel a few times a year merely to indulge in sexual fantasy, but the stakes are higher for Karen Freeman and Paul Beaudelaire. Karen is nine years post-op from a double mastectomy, and her vain ex-husband hadn’t agreed with her decision to remove her remaining good breast or to eschew reconstruction. In the end, that decision cost her. She lost her marriage, but she’s certain the move prolonged her life.
Returning to a normal dating and sex life has been difficult. She hasn’t made love fully unclothed since the demise of her marriage, and her most significant relationship occurred right after her surgery. While recuperating, she had an affair of the heart with a Marine amputee who’d also been her Ph.D. classmate.
Paul Beaudelaire once had his pick of women in the upper echelons of New Orleans society. He’d been satisfied to continue in that vein, until his career in the Marine Corps was cut short by the loss of his left leg. Paul returned home with the best prosthesis Johns Hopkins could fit him with, but left his heart in Baltimore.
Can a marine amputee restore a beautiful model whose body has been ravaged by cancer? Will this fantasy weekend at his Uncle Henri’s hotel give him a second chance with his contemporary Amazon, or will her fear of rejection be a barrier to their reconnection?