After being warned by her online publisher that her romantic advice column Dear Cupid is getting stale, divorced mom Kate Bradshaw decides she needs an attitude adjustment. Her bitter divorce has colored her views of men and marriage, thereby making her a bit harsh.

Kate decides that the first step in rejuvenating the column is attempting to flirt with a stranger. Waiting for her flight, Kate targets a man who looks to be the antithesis of her ex-husband. Special effects wizard Michael Cameron is returning home from a class reunion, feeling that maybe it is time he starts looking for a wife. When Kate approaches him, casually flirtatious, he is hooked, for something inside him recognizes Kate as potentially the woman for him.

To get better acquainted, Michael hires Kate to help him redecorate his house and hunt for a wife. Kate has been helping out her dear, pregnant friend, Linda, running her business called Wife for Hire. Despite her attraction to Michael, Kate is determined not to get involved as she is too busy worrying about her floundering career and her 7-year-old son, Dylan. It may take some special effects to push this relationship along.

Julie Ortolon proves that the success of her previous book was no fluke. This is an author on the rise! DEAR CUPID is an endearing, emotional and romantic tale. (Jul., 320 pp., $6.50)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith