Gibson creates an amusing, enjoyable romance featuring snappy dialogue, a compassionate yet spunky heroine and
a charming hero who delights in pretending to be more wicked than he is. The plot, however, is a bit light on conflict, and the protagonists begin to act uncharacteristically toward the end of the novel, lessening their believability.

When historical romance novelist Clare Wingate catches her fiance in a compromising position with the washing machine repairman, she figures her love life has crashed and burned for good. She attends a friend's wedding, winds up thoroughly smashed and wakes up the next morning in bed with a guy she knew from childhood. Only, he's far -- seriously far -- from a boy now.

Top-notch investigative journalist Sebastian Vaughan remembers the awkward, uptight Clare and is surprised by the beautiful woman she's become. But, naturally, the course of true love is strewn with uncertainty, writer's block and the occasional problem parent. Neither Clare nor Sebastian is sure whether they should keep their distance from each other or strive to make their relationship something more than a passing fling. (AVON, Oct., 384 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Marilyn Weigel