Det. Emmanual Jones, of Nottoway, Virginia, has been coerced into participating in a bachelor auction. He is quite shocked when drab computer nerd Shari Jarrod bids on him.

Shari doesnt want to go on any date, much less with the womanizing Emmanuel. It was her sister and Emmanuels sisters plan to pair these two together.

Then a horrendous crime is committed in their small town. Emmanuel is on the case and Sharis computer expertise is needed to gain information on the suspect. The more Shari fights her attraction for Emmanuel, the harder he works to convince her he can be trusted.

This is a compelling and heart-wrenching tale of one womans struggle to overcome emotional and physical trauma, and let herself love and be loved. (Nov., 256 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Pamela Tullos