Kissing Toads by Karen Anderson
After a lifetime of turbulence and exhaustion, all Kate wants is security and stability–or so she thinks. Her fairytale marriage to a wealthy doctor, and later the birth of her three children, fails to fill the gaping hole in her heart. Thinking what she craves is sexual excitement, Kate finds a lover who satisfies her every physical need, but few of her deepest desires. Left wanting, Kate continues her search. It seems the stars have aligned, as Kate meets Ryan–a man capable of giving her everything she never realised she was missing. Everything is perfect…until the mask slips, and Ryan is revealed as the philandering charlatan he's always been. Kate suddenly finds herself embroiled in a vicious love triangle with the man she simultaneously loathes and craves, and the mistress who threatens everything Kate has worked for. Will the crafty Emily force Kate to make the ultimate sacrifice, or will Ryan's affections belong to Kate, once more?