Uber-conservative bank vice president Veronica Bailey doesn't break the rules. She knows what she wants—to become bank president—and she's made life decisions to get there as quickly as possible.

Nicholas Trent, on the other hand, doesn't follow the rule book so closely. He's an unconventional-looking philosophy professor searching for something in his life that's eluded him so far. And he's got a whopper of a secret—a second career that's not going to mesh with Veronica's conservative needs.

Damschroder does a great job of building the plot: Will Veronica take the leap and get involved with Nick? Can he share his secret with her?

What's holding them both back? Nick's second career creates a memorable scene in which his secret is revealed and Ronnie is caught up in it. Can she forgive him for the duplicity? (Nov. '04, 276 pp., $14.49)
Reviewed by: 
Sarah Paige