More than 2000 years ago, an arrogant sorcerer ran afoul of the Powers that Be. As such he was given a unique punishment He must bring together 100 soulmates in true love. As an added hindrance, Darius only reverts to his handsome form for two weeks of the year. The rest of the time he is Andrew Vari, a short, bad-tempered individual. Now, after centuries, Darius is close to fulfilling his penance with just one more couple to unite.
Triathlete Ariel Summers is evaluating her life while hiking deep in the Idaho wilds. When a ledge collapses beneath her, she's certain her number is up. Regaining consciousness, she finds herself secluded in a cabin with a very handsome man. Alarmed by how attractive he finds Ariel, Darius sends her away, but to his consternation, she turns up at his best friend Blackstone's restaurant. While Ariel is looking for the man who rescued her, she finds grumpy "Andrew Vari." What is it about this man that touches her and why does she feel she knows him?
This time around it is Darius's (aka Andrew Vari) turn to search for true love. With her series of magical romances, Kristine Grayson has carved out her own special and unique place in the romance genre. (May, 352 pp., $6.50)