Heiress Holly Latham has a plan. Back when she was 13, Holly spent the summer palling around with her neighbor Laurence Beaumont. Holly fell in loveboth with Lorrie, as she called him, and with his family estate, Belle Chere.
Years later, after her father has a mild heart attack and needs to settle down, Holly convinces him to buy the estate next to Belle Chere. Her plans run amok when she falls down a hole and is rescued by a handsome, disreputable stranger.
Dr. Nick Taggert is fleeing yet another woman's attempt to corral one of his wealthy clan. Staying in a rundown cabin far from the limelight sounds just perfect. Nick certainly doesn't expects to rescue a damsel in distress.
But Nick and Holly's chemistry is explosive, and they embark on a wild affair before they even introduce themselves. Actually, they never fully introduce themselves, as each keeps secrets about their wealth and background from the other. And considering Holly's somewhat exasperating fixation on both Belle Chere and Lorrie, things are not looking good on the romance front.
Adding another new chapter to her ongoing saga of the Montgomerys and Taggarts, Deveraux introduces readers to a heroine who is endearing, though obstinate almost to a fault. The multitalented Deveraux even manages to work in a special connection to her paranormal novels, Forever and Forever and Always. (Nov., 256 pp., $18.00)