With humor and some relatable angst, Stacey tells a story of love in its many forms. The secondary plot threads involving the hero’s siblings give the story substance and warmth as well as heartache and heartwarming moments. Those readers familiar with ATVs will especially enjoy those scenes involving them.
When entertainment reporter Keri Daniels’ boss discovers that she was the high school sweetheart of popular and famously private author Joe Kowalski, he gives her two options: either get an interview with him or find another job. Joe, who was heartbroken when Keri left home and him, is willing to grant the interview — if Kari goes on the two-week Kowalski family camping trip with him. Not only is camping not Keri’s thing, the animosity Joe’s twin sister and Kari’s former best friend exude makes for some uncomfortable situations. With one of Joe’s brothers battling his wife about having a fifth child and his sister nursing a broken heart over a separation from her husband, will Keri be able to get the interview she wants? Especially since it’s clear that what Joe wants is her. (HQN, Jan., 352 pp., $7.99)