Amanda Nelson isn't too happy that Rick Calloway is the new bartender at the Almost Heaven Club, where she works as a stripper, but she's grateful he doesn't recognize her. He's a reminder of her unhappy childhood in Copper Lake, Ga., where his family ruled and made her family's life miserable. Amanda has always been careful not to get involved with anyone at the club, and Rick has his reasons for keeping to himself. But somehow they keep getting closer. What will happen when their secrets are revealed? As always, Marilyn Pappano draws readers in with interesting characters and an intriguing setup. You want to know more and more and more! Forbidden Stranger (4.5) is one terrific tale.