Image of Beach House No. 9 (Hqn)


Image of Beach House No. 9 (Hqn)

Ridgeway launches a new series with this solid, well-written romance. The characters are fully realized, and the plotlines are believable. The inability of so many of the people in the book to communicate or even identify their feelings can be frustrating, but it is also, alas, completely realistic.

Jane Pearson is a book doctor, and a good one — even if her reputation has taken some knocks from her previous client, who doesn’t seem to understand that he can’t cheat on their personal relationship and still get her professional dedication at the same time. Griffin Lowell has made a name for himself as an embedded war correspondent and is now supposed to write his memoir, but instead he’s hiding out in a beach cottage and ignoring the outside world. Jane goes in person to confront the tormented recluse, determined to get Griffin back on track. But Griffin is equally determined to avoid his horrible memories — and no prim, sexy librarian type is going to sway him. But warm ocean breezes and Jane’s tempting lips just might wear a hole in his armor. (HQN, Feb., 384 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Bunny Callahan