Catherine Carson is fed up with her mother and married sister bugging her about getting married. She decides to fight back by advertising for a six-month husbandin name onlyand decides to find one the modern wayadvertising with a toll-free number.
Imagine her surprise when she recognizes the voice leaving a message for her on her 1-800 number and her surprise at seeing her childhood antagonist, Jarrod Greene, back in town. She remembers all of the pranks he pulled on her throughout their childhood. But she doesnt realize that the pranks were all childish expressions of his love.
He agrees to marry her with the hope that she will acknowledge her true feelings for him. But Catherine is denying her feelings for Jarrodher belief that women lose themselves and their identities when they marry is just too overpowering.
When the town finds out about their hoax, they separate and must find their way back to one another.
Shirley Hailstock is an exceptional writer. This is a departure from her usual romantic suspense novels but it is an incredibly successful one. Catherines only danger is that which she poses to herselfopposed to the outside threats from predators that Hailstocks heroines often find themselves running from. (Apr., 320 pp., $5.99)