Summer may be winding down, but Special Edition turns up the heat with Andrea Edwards' A FATHER'S GIFT (4). A beautiful hardware store owner hires a sexy lawyer to find her family and discovers a passionate love along the way. With good plot development and sensual tension plus a strong heroine, Ms. Edwards weaves an engaging love story.

Pat Warren puts our hearts on trial in A HOME FOR HANNAH (4). A sexy attorney finds himself in the fight of his life when he argues the merits of passion, love and trust with a beautiful but wary fellow lawyer. Will her painful past prove too difficult an opponent for him to overcome? Ms. Warren pens an emotionally rich story strengthened by complex characters, solid dialogue and good pacing.

Carolyn Seabaugh crafts a wonderful love story entitled JUST A FAMILY MAN (4). Running a cafe and raising her son are all a beautiful widow wants until a dynamic car designer blows into town. Readers will delight in Ms. Seabaugh's unique writing style as she offers a nice insight into the hopes, fears and dreams of her interesting characters.

Stella Bagwell dishes up a dandy love story with FOUND: ONE RUNAWAY BRIDE (3). A beautiful woman suffering from amnesia accepts help from the sexy rancher who rescues her. Even though the hero is a little tunnel visioned, the chemistry between the two lovers makes this romance very good reading.

Next up is Jodi O'Donnell, who catches our interest with OF TEXAS LADIES, COWBOYS... AND BABIES (3). A feisty widow discovers that she's not only about to be a grandmother, but is pregnant herself after a romantic interlude with a handsome horse trainer. Even though there are a few slow spots, Ms. O'Donnell's mature characters prove that romance and passion are not the exclusive possession of the young.

Wrapping up the month is A BRIDE FOR JOHN (2) by Trisha Alexander. A pair of spirited scamps play matchmaker for their single parents, but the lovely realtor and the handsome security expert prove reluctant until they exchange a fiery kiss. Readers will enjoy the light-hearted nature of this romance, but the hero's lack of sensitivity toward working mothers and quickness to misjudge the heroine weaken the story's effectiveness.

Reviewed by: 
Pamela Cohen