The second book of the Serendipity series is vintage Carly, which will thrill her fans. Her ability to craft characters who seem like members of our own family, or at least our neighbors, makes her books always a pleasure to read. If the plot is a little formulaic in this one, the reader is still in for a red-hot good time.
Nash has had enough bombs drop into his life lately to qualify him for a soap opera, and the hits just keep on coming. The brother who left him and his sibling in foster care has come back to town, he has a surprise half-sister who is living with that same brother, and he still can’t figure out why his wife suddenly divorced him. Life is complicated enough without the sizzling attraction he feels for Kelly, his half-sister’s sister.
Kelly doesn’t want to upset her sister’s new life with a fling, but she’s unable to resist the caring man she sees behind Nash’s scowl. If only she didn’t have a secret scandal of her own that might resurface at any time to destroy her life yet again. Maybe if she keeps it light, just fun and games, she can find a small bit of happiness in Nash’s arms. Surely it’s her turn to catch a little luck from life. (BERKLEY, Jan., 304 pp., $7.99)