Wax's novel is a romantic and humorous delight, as Miranda evolves into a savvy corporate executive and attracts the romantic interest of hunky Blake. Readers will laugh at Miranda's inventive efforts to explain her husband's lengthy absence. Fans and newcomers alike won't want to miss the latest from this rising star of romance.

In Truro, Georgia, Miranda Smith is searching for a stamp in her husband's study when she discovers pictures of him in lingerie manufactured by her family's company, Ballantyne Bras. When Miranda finds a note saying that he's leaving and not coming back, she is devastated, realizing she didn't know this man she has been married to for the last 15 years.

Her sadness soon turns to anger. Not only has he cleaned out their checking accounts, his illegal business practices as president of Ballantyne put the company in financial jeopardy. Enter chief of police Blake Summers, former high school bad boy turned good-guy police officer. Having returned from Atlanta after his divorce, he is raising his teenage daughter, Andie.

When Blake starts asking questions about Tom's disappearance, he's surprised at his attraction to former beauty queen Miranda. And romantic tension sizzles between them when Andie decides to enter a local beauty pageant under Miranda's tutelage.

(Aug., 356 pp., $6.50)

Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick