Melanie "Mel" Anderson is flying by the seat of her pants as manager of the small California-based airport, North Beach. Her employees are the family she never had, but the owner, Sally, who was like a mother to Mel, has been MIA for many years.

Australian Bo Black lands at North Beach holding the deed to the airport and a deep desire to find his father's plane and his inheritance -- both of which were swindled from his father during the short time he was married to Sally.

Turbulence ensues as Mel realizes the past few years were all a lie and her future is on rocky ground. She struggles with her attraction to Bo because he's the enemy, isn't he?

Shalvis skillfully constructs a pragmatic setting for her story, enabling it to come to life, and draws the reader in from the start. Evenly developed supporting and main characters make Aussie Rules a well-rounded read, but the great storyline buildup leads to a less than spectacular ending. (Jun., 320 pp., $14.00)
Reviewed by: 
Jennifer Madsen