THE MARRIAGE SOLUTION
Friends for 15 years, about to become parents after one night together, Craig Richmond and Tess Lucas are at a crossroads. The V.P. of a pharmaceutical company, Craig offers to marry and support Tess. But the software designer refuses to give up her independence, until she realizes she loves Craig. They marry, and everything's fine -- until Craig misinterprets Tess' motives for what she's done. Nearly losing her makes Craig face his own feelings, but is it too late? Brenda Harlen's The Marriage Solution (4.5) takes a reader-favorite plot and makes it work, owing to multifaceted characters, naturally arising conflict and excellent sexual tension.