BALLANTYNE'S DESTINY

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For years, Chevy Ballantyne has been thought of as the town recluse. Up until recently, he didn't have a problem with it. Seeing librarian Maddie Ingram shake her stuff at a party, however, is just enough to bring him out of his shell. When she appears on stage in nothing but a teddy and nearly causes a riot, Chevy comes to her rescue. Furious at his manhandling, Maddie is not about to let the mountain man intimidate her.

White brings forth the domineering alpha male West Virginia clan in her latest installment of the Ballantyne family series. Several subplots create a reading adrenaline rush that makes this book difficult to put down. There is no lack of detail when it comes to setting the scene, mood and atmosphere here. At certain points, it may seem as if an inaccurate set of driving directions is given as the story seems to lead in one direction but quickly veers off in another. These changes are often abrupt and unforeseen. Though somewhat frustrating, the novel's finer qualities -- character compatibility, strong plots and continuous motion -- more than make up for this flaw. (Feb., 315 pp., $5.99)
Reviewed by: 
T.L. Burton