CAN'T SAY NO
The sexual tension between Ford's
hero and heroine is so palpable
that waiting for the climax is
almost exasperating, but the author interjects a dramatic shift just in time. Conflict extends beyond the bedroom into the courtroom as the lovers battle the forces of exceptional selfishness to keep her family intact. The chameleon-like antagonist is the ingredient that sustains the plot, while the fairy-tale ending is wonderfully crafted. Readers simply won't want to say no to Ford's third novel.
When her deceased mother's former lover threatens to rip her family apart, Ralph is there. Vanessa loves the things he does for them, but Ralph wants her to love him. Vanessa must learn to open her heart, or what she started will finish without the man of her fantasies. (Avon, Sep., 384 pp., $6.99)