Novelist Celeste D'Arcy is in the throes of angst while exploring the cruel reality of sex because it doesn't necessarily come wrapped neatly in the breathy protestations of love crafted in the romances that keep her alter ego, male romance writer Jack Carter, endowed with a lavish Venice Beach lifestyle. Yearning for more from the women in his life, Jack takes a vow of born-again virginity until he finds a woman to love forever in Nina Killham's dishy romp through the maze of chicks and lit, Mounting Desire. When his roommate, writing as "Molly Desire," starts competing for his heart and his shelf space, Jack discovers that all's fair in love and war. Sandy Huseby writes from Fargo, North Dakota.

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