Seven years ago, Hope Prescott's world was torn apart. The first blow was the sudden death of her minister parents in an accident. Then when she was 16, Hope watched as her parents were posthumously accused of embezzlement and her siblings were separated and sent away in the foster system. Now, years later, Hope is determined to find her missing relatives.

Zachariah Givens, CEO of Givens Enterprises, is a take-no-prisoners type of businessman. When his secretary goes on vacation, he picks up his calls for the first time from a live operator, who just happens to be Hope, and doesn't correct her mistaken impression that he is his own employee. Talking to Hope becomes the highlight of his day. She is unlike anyone he has ever met, and her concern for those around her gets Zack involved as well.

Utilizing all the humor and warmth that have made her historical books keepers, Christina Dodd joins the contemporary ranks with JUST THE WAY YOU ARE. Since it's the first of her Lost Texas Heart series, it looks like we're in for more fun and sexy romance. (Jun., 384 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith