The second of Mrs. Green’s foster daughters takes center stage in Ford’s latest, but the romance seems a bit forced. Once the main couple connects, this becomes as much about what they don’t say as what they do. There’s too much thinking and not enough communicating.

Can a man who makes his living as an artist be someone with whom Laura Murdock can connect, romantically? She decided early in life that she wanted a rich man — not because she’s a gold digger, but she equates wealth with the security she didn’t have before she came to Mrs. Green’s home. When she meets her favorite artist, Wilham Sebastian Kramer, Laura doesn’t realize that there’s more to him than meets the eye. Both are vacationing on St. John’s and he asks her to pose for him. While she becomes more attracted to him (and him, to her), she stubbornly refuses to acknowledge her feelings. The ups and down in this relationship become more like self-inflicted wounds as these two continue to talk around each other. After a quickie Vegas wedding, they slowly discover how much they really need to learn before they find their HEA. (AVON, Feb., 384 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jacqui McGugins