Putting a nifty spin on the girl-meets-boy scenario, Byrd tells a compelling story of mixed-up identities, overly supportive families, firefighters, artists and two people looking for love.

Firefighter Flex Garner is written up as a hero in the newspaper after saving his co-worker Lincoln's life. While visiting Lincoln (aka Trey) in the hospital, Flex's cell phone rings when he's in the bathroom, so Lincoln answers it. Lincoln speaks briefly to Peyton, Flex's sister, and immediately finds her engaging. The problem: She thinks he's her brother's boyfriend!

Hoping to retire from fighting fires, fortysomething Lincoln puts his heart into his true passion—sculpting. Then fate steps in. Art agent Peyton sees his work and agrees to represent him—without knowing his ties to her brother.

Soon they're immersed in a relationship—both blissfully unaware of who the other may (or may not) be. The plot thickens as Flex, to assuage his worrying family, goes along with their belief that he and "Trey" are romantically involved.

Sound complicated? In the skillful hands of Byrd, the entire plot is overwhelmingly plausible. The drama is high and the passion even higher. Poor Lincoln—what's he to do when he catches wind of Flex's charade? (Jan., 256 pp., $5.99)
Reviewed by: 
Robin Taylor