COURAGE UNDER FIRE
Army nurse Arlene Taft is shocked to learn her husband has died in a boating accident. Even more astonishing is the fact that he was with his girlfriend when it happened. However, the Pentagon has recently been bombed, and she doesn't have time to dwell on it.
When Lieutenant Colonel Neal Allen was injured in the 9/11 rescue effort, he expected a smooth recovery. He never expected that the nurse assigned to him would be his former neighbor, whom he's had a crush on for years. Neal was the bane of Arlene's youthful existence, and she believes that nothing has changed with age. Nothing, except the rate at which Neal now makes her heart palpitate.
Candice Poarch creates a believable love story, drawing upon actual events to bring these two individuals together. However, her secondary characters often prove to be more engaging than her hero and heroine, and there were many transitions that seemed out of sync. Because the nature of the tale is slow moving, the ending felt rushed and crammed with information. (Jul., 287 pp., $6.99)