Thayne pens another winner by combining her huge, boisterous cast of familiar, lovable characters with a beautiful setting and a wonderful story. Her main characters are strong and three-dimensional, with enough heat between them to burn the pages.

Alexandra McKnight is happy with her life. She is a wonderful aunt, friend and daughter. She is finally realizing her dream of opening her own restaurant and has no need for a man — at least that’s what she tells everyone who will listen. That is, until construction foreman Sam Delgado arrives on scene to finish her kitchen and turns up the heat — with her. Smart and temporary, he is perfect for her in theory — until he moves in down the street from her with his son. Sam is starting over, moving his son to a small town that will keep him busy but that also has a sense of community, which is important to Sam — almost as important as getting to know Alexandra. But she is resistant to happy ever after, and it will take all Sam has to give to prove to her that everyone is entitled to one. (HQN, Apr., 320 pp., $7.99)
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Sabrina Cooper