ESPRESSO FOR TWO
Bookstore owner Brandi Owens finds it hard to believe that neighboring coffee shopkeeper Sam Carlson is suddenly "in love" with her. After years of exchanging brief hellos, Brandi isn't convinced, no matter how much she wishes it were true. But when an interfering friend suggests the two combine their stores, Brandi and Sam could end up consolidating more than just their businesses.
The relationship between the hero and heroine feels rather forced and lacks the potency necessary to seem convincing. Only a strong subplot makes the story worth reading. With a more consistent pace and a better developed relationship, Espresso for Two could have been ideal reading. (Oct., 280 pp., $5.99)