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Publisher's Summary

Amanda has been appointed principal of the junior high school in her small community. But this promotion will surely be withdrawn if the school board discovers that she is pregnant and unmarried. When an old friend introduces Amanda to a handsome young man, she makes a very unusual business arrangement with him: in exchange for a generous fee, he will be her "husband" until the baby is born. The arrangement seems perfect--until an attraction grows between them that begins to radically change their desires. Gwynne Forster's best-selling African-American romances have touched the hearts of millions of readers, and Kim Staunton's narration adds pure bliss to this story of longing, loving, and learning to care.
©1998 Gwendolyn Johnson-Acsadi (P)2002 Recorded Books,LLC
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5 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 09-08-12

Great Listen and Story of Unconventional Romance

What made the experience of listening to Beyond Desire the most enjoyable?

I was attracted to this book because of Kim Staunton, but I have never read or listened to anything from Gwynne Forster. I think if you are a first time listener to either one of them, this is a good book to start with. The story keeps moving, and I can't remember a slow moment in it. I was interested from beginning to end.
I enjoyed Amanda's attempts to make the best of the situation and to create the family she always desired even if it is only for a predetermined time. Marcus was resistant to all Amanda offered, but he could not deny that she treated his daughter with the love and kindness that she deserved.

What did you like best about this story?

I thought the idea of a 39 year old woman becoming a baby mama for the first time an interesting one. That is what originally got my attention. The fact that she has an important role in her community as a newly appointed jr. high principal just added to the worries you can face becoming a first time baby mama.

The way Amanda decided to solve her problems was unconventional but exciting. Watching the relationship bloom between Marcus and Amanda was exciting as well. They both had some things in common, but it seems that they fit the opposites attract statement. I loved that Amanda was so caring and giving of herself to not only Marcus but his daughter Amy as well. Her constant patience helped to mend parts of Marcus that had been broken by his first wife.

What about Kim Staunton’s performance did you like?

I am a fan of Kim Staunton. I enjoy the way she delivers her performance of any book she is reading. She is a talented voice artist.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I was disappointed when I was interrupted from listening to take care of other things. This title held my attention from beginning to end. I have listened to it multiple times already.

Any additional comments?

It was a beautiful and unconventional love story.

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2 out of 5 stars
By kierra on 11-16-17

What in the world

I could not finish this book. I had to get my credit back. The concept of the story was fine but it couldn’t hold my attention for several reasons. There isn’t a lot of dialogue in the book. Everything flowed too fast and it was no details. I felt like one minute we were in present day and then two sentences later .....two weeks have passed and I’m like what in the world. Idk this book was different than the books I’m used to listening to.

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