HE'S NO PRINCE CHARMING
Though the hero claims he's no Prince Charming, this delightful story certainly proves him wrong. Very entertaining, with plenty of humor and a well-done secondary romance, it's a serious look at making the best of what life brings.
A close encounter with a spider doesn't get arachnophobic Dakota Dunn's return to Pine Hollow Lake off to a great start. Forced to move into a fishing cabin at the marina she owns -- all she has left since her singing career went south -- she needs to spice up her squeaky-clean image or make a career change.
Running Willow Creek Marina for the absentee owner is former champion bull rider Trace Coleman's reason for getting up each day. Physically scarred, Trace doesn't like the fact that he's attracted to Dakota and really wants her gone. But with Dakota continually in need of rescue, and Trace always around to save her, it's not long until he finds himself wanting her to stay -- just about the time she plans to leave. (SIGNET ECLIPSE, Oct., 304 pp., $6.99)