Storm Over the Lake - Diana Palmer This revolutionary novel brilliantly uses the trappings of the stereotypical cruel hero/innocent heroine romance to make a subversive plea for unconventional love. Adrian's assumption that the sleezy, fat, bald, middle-aged man Dana gives money to must be her gigolo points out that sexual attraction is diverse and not limited to the societal ideals of attractiveness. The way Adrian emphasizes the 18 year age difference between him and Dana by constantly calling her names like "little girl" and "my baby" subtly reminds us that age is just a number and love knows no limits.Adrian's vicious, cutting words to Dana whenever she says the smallest thing he dislikes merely symbolizes the… uh… um… nah, I got nothing. He's just an asshat.