Lila finds herself in a tailspin because she never saw it coming. She wrestles with anger feeling as if she gave up her dreams to support her husband with this as her reward. As with many women, the anger turns inward and she becomes depressed stumbling her way through the divorce. The one shaft of light in the brown fog of depression is the memory of her ex, Blake, and the wild sexual adventures they once had. She was fearless then, not a beaten down shell of her former self.
Not surprisingly, Blake and Lila do bump into each other and find the spark still exists, but medical issues and family obligations rear their heads disturbing what should be an easy second chance at love. Ask any divorced middle-aged woman, she’ll concur that love is never easy after an emotional devastation of a divorce, but it is infinitely sweeter.
The chemistry and romantic dance between Lila and Blake is delightful. There’s a natural growth of Lila from dutiful wife and mother to free-spited woman. Jane is a great secondary character as the friend, who for some reason, I kept picturing the actress from the Shirley Valentine playing the part. The cover may mislead you into thinking this is a tale of loosely patched together sexual exploits. It is not. It’s a tale of growth, self-discovery, hope and love.
EXcapades is for the romance reader who enjoys tales on the sensual side. It is also a book for women and men who want to believe in second chances and adventure. Two thumbs up to Debra Kay who not only went with an older woman as a protagonist, but also included all the troubling details of being that woman.