Take a sexy cop, a blonde with a talent for making the best cakes in the county, a possible stalker and a small town with enough crackpots to populate a good-sized mental hospital mix them all together and you’ve got a funny, sizzling romantic adventure that readers are going to love.

Candace Carmichael, a down-on-her-luck real estate agent, is back in Bigler, N.C., broke, jobless and illegally rooming with her mother in a ritzy retirement home. Would somebody tell her why she thought her best friend Cheri’s invitation to come back home was a good idea? Oh, yeah: sexy, gorgeous and widowed Turner, the small town’s sheriff and a man she’s known most of her life. When Turner pulls her over for a traffic violation, she plants one right on his seriously luscious mouth, then notices he’s still wearing his wedding ring four years after his wife’s death. He may still be grieving, but he’s falling hard and fast for the girl who fired him up in high school. And when one of the town’s oddest residents gets Candy in his sights, Turner’s protective instincts kick in. (ST. MARTIN’S, Mar., 320 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed by: 
Pat Cooper