Ciotta hits the mark by pairing sexy P.I. Jake Leeds and beautiful socialite Afia St. John together in this charming new release.

Jake has problems. His agency is in the red and he has a pregnant sister to support. He doesn't need a snobby, uptown girl to baby-sit, but he does need the hefty sum her godfather is willing to pay him to watch her. After all, how hard could it be? Hire her, watch her, collect his fee, then fire her. No problem— until she walks into his office and sets his blood on fire.

Afia has been plagued by bad luck her entire life. First, she was born Friday the 13th. Then she lost her father and two husbands to "freak accidents," and her business manager stole all her money. Now she's determined to turn her luck around by keeping her new job at Leeds Investigations. It's the first step— not to mention her first job— to reclaiming her life. All she has to do is hide from her boss the fact that she's jinxed.

Ciotta scores in this wonderfully warm, witty and sexually charged novel. (Mar., 162 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Tanya Kacik