During a messy, well-publicized divorce, socialite Tessa's ex reveals to the world her treasured secret—that she is the published author of erotic fairy tales. The press immediately paints her as a nymphomaniac, and Tessa's friends crucify her. But one journalist, sexy Colton Granger, continually defends her virtue in his newspaper column. When Tessa retreats to Key West to heal, she and Colton form a long-distance friendship through e-mails and telephone calls. He goads her into doing what she thought impossible— writing again.

Tessa puts pen to paper and begins an erotic mythological tale. When her muse fails her, Colton steps in and they collaborate on a steamy tale that reflects their own sexual fantasies. Tessa wants to market their book, and Colton agrees, with one tempting condition—they must role-play their erotic myth. While Colton is busy tempting Tessa's body and heart, someone blackens her name with plagiarism. Can these lovers stop the culprit before Tessa's career and their future together are destroyed?

Leto fills the pages of Making Waves with a smart-mouthed heroine you can't resist rooting for. Provocative verbal sparring and steamy interludes keep the steam rising in this great summer read. (Jul., 304 pp., $5.99)
Reviewed by: 
Susan Mitchell