Neighbors for six months, Dr. Joel Brannon and police officer Nicole Sawyer are casual friends. But they're close enough for him to ask a big favor. Widowed five years ago, Joel needs a date for his 15-year high school reunion -- and Nic can't say no. Helping Joel deal with his past sparks an unexpected romance, but when they return home, the magic fades, because Joel's not sure he can deal with the dangers of Nic's job. Gina Wilkins' The Date Next Door (4) captures the atmosphere of a reunion and the tension of a friends-into-lovers relationship perfectly. Nic's edge and attitude are nice too.
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Catherine Witmer