THE DADDY VERDICT
The night they met, assistant D.A. Ben Barclay and jewelry designer Sierra Girard became lovers -- but by morning, Sierra was long gone. Now she's pregnant, and despite his doubts about relationships in general, Ben feels duty-bound to stick by Sierra and their baby. There's nothing simple about the situation; even marriage isn't the solution. Ben's being harassed in connection with a case, and being in his life puts Sierra and their child in harm's way. Karen Rose Smith winds up Dads in Progress with The Daddy Verdict (4). It's fast-moving and well plotted, and the conflict between Sierra and Ben keeps things interesting throughout.