The Husband Habit
By Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez
(St. Martin's Press, Hardcover, 9780312537043, 384pp.)
Publication Date: July 7, 2009
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Why does Vanessa keep falling for married men?
Not that she knows she does. At least not at first. But every man who seems like he might be the one turns out to be someone else’s. So maybe the right thing to do is take a vow to stay single, to keep away from all men, until she can figure things out.
At least work is a bright spot: It’s an anchor to be so good at something, to lose yourself in your job, and Vanessa is a whiz of a chef, so good she makes her grandstanding boss, Hawk—of Albuquerque’s chic Nuevo American restaurant hawk—look good. After all, it’s his name on the awning above the door. If only her friends and family would get on board with Vanessa’s plan and stop trying to fix her up. If she can’t fix her life, nobody else is going to get the chance to try—not her parents, not her friends, and certainly not her ultra-well-meaning but just-not-getting-it sister, Larissa.
And nothing could be more with the plan than helping out at her parents’ house—gardening, keeping them fed, getting them organized with her loyal pet Red Dog by her side. Red Dog is all the companionship she needs. Until Vanessa meets Paul, her parents’ neighbor—he’s all wrong on paper, but he’s got great manners and certainly seems safe. Not bad in the kissing department, either. But just when Vanessa’s guard goes down, the red flag goes up: Could Paul be yet another married man?
Bursting with Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez’s trademark wit and originality, The Husband Habit introduces a rich and complex heroine in chef Vanessa. You’re not going to want to leave her world when the novel comes to an end.
Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez is an award-winning journalist who is the author of five novels. She was named one of today’s twenty-five most influential Hispanics by Time magazine. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with her husband and son.
"Valdes-Rodriguez’s latest benefits from deeper character development...Paul and Vanessa’s messy lives make them a couple to root for. Pride & Prejudice for the CNN age."--Kirkus Reviews "Lighthearted romance and southwestern flavor"--Publishers Weekly "The book begins with an amusing premise, then becomes a heartfelt exploration of how family ties can affect the choices of others in our lives...Paul and Vanessa are intriguing characters, and their story will capture the reader."--Romantic Times "Vanessa and Paul are multidimensional characters with the capacity to surprise each other and the reader. And there’s a lot of good cooking along the way."--BookPage