Bad-boy Hollywood star Jude Jamison tries to escape his dangerous reputation by hiding out in a small town. He's looking for peace of mind, privacy and a woman who's curvaceous and open. Who he finds exceeds his expectations: May Price. But the pretty art gallery owner resists his charms. Jude decides to dispense with subtlety and tell her how hot his desire for her is.

May has her own slew of troubles, not the least of which is her problematic brother, who finds himself drawn into a revenge scheme with Jude as the intended victim. This particular plot point leads Foster's novel away from plausibility and toward secondary characters who are less likable than the protagonists.

In Jude's Law, the dialogue meanders, which results in slowly paced scenes with lots of chatter but little action or deep internal monologue. On the plus side, the novel has a real strength in that it begins with a fantasy intriguing to many women: a shy, not-too-skinny lady attracts the ardent admiration of a larger-than-life movie star. This fantasy plays out with sexy innuendos and steamy love scenes throughout the book. (Feb., 384 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Marilyn Weigel