Characters who become intimate too quickly and with scenes that drag on detract from an initially interesting story. Plus, the introduction of too many characters makes the book difficult follow. And while the story moves swiftly, the plot is not revealed until the novel is nearly over. Sims uses sex to attract interest where more background detail is needed. But a unique concept and tidbits of the hero's and heroine's pasts propel things.

Pastry chef Elise Gilbert is finally picking up the pieces of her shattered life after ending an abusive marriage. Not wanting to repeat past mistakes, she's kept her working relationship with restaurateur Franklyn Bryant purely professional.

However, when they attend his sister's wedding together, Franklyn has the perfect opportunity to make his intentions known. But with both battling past demons, trust is an issue. Can they each let go of the past to grasp the love that blooms before them? (Kimani/Arabesque, Dec., 320 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
T.L. Burton