Holm's latest explores the flaws and foibles of her characters with a clear but affectionate eye. The novel also manages to often be hysterically funny, despite dealing with some very real issues ... and readers won't soon forget mega-hottie Drew.

Moving her two teenage sons to tiny Red Duck, Idaho, is a necessity for single mom Lucy Carpenter. She wants to keep the boys out of trouble, draw focus away from their absentee father and get back on her feet financially by working as a personal chef for the rich and possibly famous in the surrounding area. Former pro baseball player Drew Tolman is rich, famous, nearby -- and hot. Drew's also clearly interested in Lucy, despite her baggage -- probably because he comes with plenty of his own -- and she can't believe her response to him! (MIRA, Oct., 384 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer