After leaving the FBI, Phoenix Dye returns home to become the sheriff. His first duty is to face the woman who dumped him 10 years ago to marry another-a man she'd been sleeping with while still seeing Phoenix. Yet, as much as he tries to hate her, he can't. He can't even dislike her unruly triplets. Actually, Karina Wallance is the only woman he'll ever love.

Karina can't believe Phoenix is back. She hides a secret-the triplets are his. She's carved a comfortable life for her children and made peace with the past. Instead of hating him for abandoning her, she finds she's more in love with him than ever. As Phoenix and Karina grapple with their painful pasts, an enemy targets Phoenix and systematically destroys the fabric of their lives and their hope for a future together.

WITH THIS KISS is a spectacular blend of humor, drama and romance liberally laced with Ms. Poarch's literary talent. (Jan., 314 pp. $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Cheryl Ferguson