Computer engineer Terrell Pierce is obsessed with finding a wife and protecting his mother, Rosie, from her fiance, Donald Douglas, who owns the beauty shop in Baltimore where Rosie works. Donald's past is riddled with drugs and murder.

Rosie asks one of her clients, wedding planner Leah Graham, to organize her nuptials. Despite her chosen profession, Leah shuns love and marriage for herself. Ironically, Terrell solicits Leah's help to spy on Donald. Getting caught conducting a stakeout is not the only danger they face together.

This novel captivates immediately. Arthur does a fantastic job of using dialogue to build tension, show changes in relationships and to move the story forward. This book is definitely a keeper. (Jul., 256 pp., $9.95)

Reviewed by: 
Robin R. Pendleton