Ever since he panned her book, romance writer Kat Summers has had it in for columnist T. West. When their close friend Cynthia Lane sets up a date between Katrine Summerville and Trey Westmoreland, neither realizes who the other is. The date ends in public disaster when the truth comes out.

With Katrine out for blood, Treys editor forces him to do a feature on romance from different points of view. Trey is supposed to wine and dine Katrine and give her the most romantic date possible. Instead Trey shows up on a motorcycle and takes her to biker dives. As their exploits keep making the tabloid news, Katrine and Trey spend more time together in outlandish situations. Despite her antagonism towards Trey, Katrine has to admit that he has been wonderful to Shelly, Katrines precocious 11-year-old. Shelly soaks up Treys attention like a sponge.

Both of their views on romance and love have been shaped by their previous painful life experiences. Can they work through the baggage of the past and find a way to live happily ever after?

This book is both charming and humorous. Ms. Thompson demonstrates a true flare for placing her protagonists in one outrageous situation after another. (Aug., 347 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith