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.

English lit professor Lily Tyler thinks she's in love with one of the stuffy lawyers who works with her father -- until the new neighbor moves in. Since she and her dad are his landlords, Lily feels she ought to be on call to help when problems arise. But the biggest problems stem from her attraction to this sexy man and her dog Doug's unabashed dislike of him.

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)
Reviewed by: 
Marilyn Weigel