LOVE IS FOR KEEPS
Though sarcastic humor and unpredictable actions keep the story moving, Love Is for Keeps consistently fails to steer readers through the same thought processes as the author. Additionally, Norfleet takes an extraordinary amount of time to introduce the subplot and even longer to address unanswered questions -- which proves to be frustrating and makes concentrating on the story difficult. Those who have not read the prequel to this novel, Reflections of You, may find themselves thoroughly confused and without a foundation for this novel. Overlooking these flaws, however, Norfleet's latest moves fairly well and still manages to be fascinating.
Restaurant and nightclub owner Roberto Santos finds himself in a pickle when confronted with disgruntled sister Brandy Parker after her teenage brother is fired. Brandy knows her brother is not always on his best behavior but he's a good kid and if he has any hope of succeeding in life he needs a job to keep him on the straight and narrow. As far as she's concerned, the only thing that Roberto can do is give her young brother his job back. When Roberto agrees to help, Brandy can't help but begin to see him in a new light. Brandy wonders if maybe she misjudged him, that the rumors about him aren't true and that his interest in her is genuine. (Kimani/Arabesque, Oct., 400 pp., $6.99)