BAD GIRLS DON'T
Fans of Linz's previous heroine in Good Girls Do will appreciate this romantic tale about her wild-child sister and will enjoy the return of the wacky cast of secondary characters. While the main characters have little actual conflict beyond differences in temperament, the author shines when it comes to creating an offbeat community, and there's plenty of cute dialogue and sexual chemistry between the leads.
Part-time belly dancer and full-time free spirit Skye Wright has a "thing" against authority figures. When brooding, straight-arrow Sheriff Nathan Thornton takes her into the station for speeding and for not presenting the proper paperwork, Skye considers this the beginning of a war between them.
Nathan, still recovering from a personal tragedy, doesn't know what it is about the town's fiery, outspoken bad girl that makes his bruised heart beat again, but it frightens him just as often as it arouses. And then there's Skye's young daughter, a wild-child-in-training, who leads him to question his past and to wonder whether he has a place in Skye's life. (BERKLEY SENSATION, Nov., 336 pp., $7.99)