THE BEST-KEPT SECRET
When former senator Hudson McCloud decides to run for mayor of San Francisco, his mother asks star political campaignist Rosie DeWitt to take charge. Although initially reluctant to work with Hudson, Rosie eventually gives in because she thinks he's the better candidate and she can help him win. And Rosie will be fine -- as long as Hudson doesn't discover the secret she's been hiding for his family for the past few years: that her young son is actually Hudson's nephew, the child of his deceased brother. The Best-Kept Secret (4.5), by Melinda Curtis, has wonderfully drawn characters and a compelling plot. Readers won't be able to put this one down.