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Single mom Rowan Lindsay is content without a man in her life. Caring for active five-year-old twins, working in her aunt's antique shop and dreaming of opening a design studio keep her busy enough. Then she meets Jake Albreight, who's renting the retail space and apartment next door and wonders if he could be different than the other men she's dated? But Jake isn't who he seems to be. He's wary of fortune-hunting females and children don't figure in his plans. At least, not at first. Newcomer Dorien Kelly's debut Duets title, DESIGNS ON JAKE (4) is by turns funny and tender. All of the characters, but most particularly the heroine, are nicely rounded, and Ms. Kelly has a rare talent for writing realistic and amusing dialogue.

Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer