Kauffman’s second book about Kinloch, Scotland, features sensitive and warm-hearted Roan McAuley, whose tenderness and concern in dealing with an emotionally fragile woman is the highlight of this story — although the sexual heat is good too. Roan is quite the hero — good looking, caring, clever and devoted to his friends. We’ll be looking for more tales from Kinloch.
Photojournalist Tessa has retreated to the isolated island of Kinloch in an attempt to repair her fragile psyche. She agrees to help the islanders with some photo shoots and quickly decides that handsome, charming Roan is a shallow womanizer. Roan finds Tessa cold and abrasive. Then, as they learn more about each other they come to realize that first impressions can be deceptive and that sometimes the person who seems least like your type is exactly what you need. Their sexual attraction is obvious, but can these two “orphans” overcome their pasts and risk their hearts? (BRAVA, Jan., 320 pp., $14.00)