MY NERDY VALENTINE
Though neither hero nor heroine
admit to being a nerd, it is apparent they both lean that way. Amanda's desire to avoid distraction from her goals is nicely presented, and William's willingness to respect her boundaries makes him a refreshing hero. The secondary characters add spice and humor, with just enough suspense
to be intriguing, while not overwhelming the story.
Amanda first meets stockbroker William when a sack of sex toys she has purchased for her sex-therapist boss, Gloria, breaks and drops its contents at his feet.
Amanda has no time for men in her life. However, when Gloria sets out to seduce William, Amanda is the one she turns to for ideas to get him interested. Amanda's thoughts are on her secret Valentine, who she's sure is William, even though he denies it. When it proves to not be him, he is the one who steps in to help her find out who it is. (St. Martin's, Jan., 352 pp., $6.99)