Shelly Ware has been in love with her best friend, Dr. Kurt Silverman, for years. She longs for his touch, and the endless days she spends in the hospital with her sister, who's battling cancer, are made more sufferable and a little sweeter by his presence. Her sister's sickness also reminds Shelly of how precious time is; she doesn't want her dreams, such as having a child, to slip away.

When Kurt is forced to marry to prove he can provide a stable home for his son, he turns to his best friend, Shelly. They strike a deal—a marriage of convenience to get what each wants. But suddenly Kurt is seeing Shelly in a new way—and can't seem to keep his hands off her.

Jacobs writes a tender story of friends who find lifelong happiness and pleasure in each other's arms. Readers may find Kurt's character too dark and somber, and Shelly's patience and sacrifice unbelievable. But the ending is wonderfully heartwarming and makes the read worthwhile. (dl $5.95)

Reviewed by: 
Cindy Whitesel