Twelve years after their first meeting, Kate and Liam are reunited over the Christmas holidays—but not without some trepidation. Kate remembers Liam as an arrogant ladykiller; he remembers her as a gawky 14-year-old. Both are surprised by the changes in the other—and by the electricity between them. They are soon drawn together, but each has reasons for not wanting a committed relationship.

This is classic romance: two people irresistibly drawn together, fighting their attraction, questioning what is happening to them. McGill frames their romance with a parallel one between Kate's sister and Liam's brother, which is complicated by an unhappy, dysfunctional teenager. This subplot overwhelms the main story at some points and is, unfortunately, more interesting than the inevitable happenings between Kate and Liam.

The characters are somewhat bland, and McGill could make better use of her Australian setting to spice things up. There is no distinctive voice here, and nothing to set this book apart. Kate and Liam could be anyone, living anywhere. (Jun., 226 pp., $10.95)

Reviewed by: 
Donna Carter