BEWARE OF DOUG
Fox triumphs again with this fabulous and funny romance full of well-written scenes, delightful sexual tension and enjoyable characters. A few very humorous pages are even written from the rascally dog's point of view, and they work surprisingly well. The comparisons the heroine draws to Jane Austen's Emma only add to this novel's charms.
Brady Cole is a private jet pilot who's made two, three or maybe 20 bad relationship decisions. He moves into Lily's neighborhood prepared to make a fresh start by going on a "date diet" until the right woman comes along. Despite his resolve to stay away from her, Lily has all the makings of the right woman -- except for her mischievous dog, a canine that seems determined to keep them apart. (AVON, Feb., 384 pp., $5.99)