LAST OF THE O'ROURKES
A field agent for the Department of Transportation, Kat Malone is pregnant and facing the realization that her dead lover, Riley, was not the man she thought he was. She's also being stalked. Kat doesn't want to turn to Riley's irritating brother for help, but when her apartment is trashed, she has nowhere else to go. She's not used to men who take responsibility for their own mistakes, let alone someone else's, yet that's exactly what Seamus wants to do.
Seamus O'Rourke is used to cleaning up his twin brother's messes, but Riley's untimely death leaves behind Kat and her unborn child. Rescuing damsels in distress isn't exactly routine for this mild-mannered food critic, especially when the damsel in question stubbornly refuses rescue.
Seamus is a refreshing hero and a decidedly non-alpha male. He's a man who screws up when he tries to help outwhich may be too much like real life for some, but it's a nice change for readers tired of the masterful males that populate the romance world. Although the novel's beginning feels forced, the author soon hits her stride and spins out an exciting and romantic tale. A tightly plotted mystery and believable characterizations further enhance the story. (Apr., 172 pp., $10.95)