HERE COMES TROUBLE
With likable characters and the bantering tone of a 1960s romantic comedy, this story entertains. The protagonists endured tough childhoods to grow into resilient adults. Brett is a good-hearted guy who is unconcerned about romancing an older woman, although it's a stumbling block for insecure Kirby. Their verbal foreplay develops into a passionate relationship.
After the breakup of a long-term relationship, a disillusioned Kirby heads east and opens a bed-and-breakfast in rural Vermont. Her first season is off to a slow start, due to the lack of snow, then hunky Brett shows up on a motorcycle. A professional poker player, Brett has been riding cross-country to escape the Las Vegas scene and needs a place to lie low for a while to avoid those who want to draw him back into the game. This small BandB, with its feisty and sexy innkeeper, seems like the perfect place. (BRAVA, Feb., 336 pp., $14.00)