Maria Pagliano has her 10-year high school reunion coming up, and she's sworn off both carbs and men until she can fit into her new sexy dress. Enter temptation on a platter—Dante Del Rosso, the handsome chef who is more delectable than linguini and whose objective is to get Maria to throw away every resolution. Whose determination will prove stronger?

Jump's novel contains amusing recipes that are equal parts character studies and culinary treats. She opens with a hilarious one called "The Devil's Seven-Deadly-Sins-in-One Manicotti with Ricotta" that sets the humorous tone. This is a compelling and very smoothly written story with funny, sympathetic characters and a terrific Boston setting. And as the second book in a trilogy, it stands alone successfully and is a delightful read. (Mar., 320 pp., $5.99)
Reviewed by: 
Marilyn Weigel