Mallery's books are always emotional gems, but this particular character's unwavering belief in the power of hope and love is especially inspirational. If you're looking for heart-tugging emotions elaborately laced with humor, then Mallery is the author for you. Break out the Kleenex!
Single mom Kerri Sullivan knows she's fighting an uphill battle against the deadly disease that's slowly killing her 9-year-old son, Cody. Not one to back down, Kerri's on a mission. She knows that before a deadly fire destroyed his lab, Dr. Wallace was nearing a breakthrough with the disease.
Figuring money can restart the process, Kerri targets billionaire Nathan King, who lost his own son to the disease. Initially rebuffed, she fights dirty and backs Nathan into a corner, and ruthless Nathan capitalizes on the positive press. This forced relationship is going to end with them either killing each other or falling in love. (HQN, Jan., 384 pp., $6.99)