Fans of Crownover’s spicy, heartfelt Marked Men series will delight in this fourth installment, and newcomers would do well to hop on this bandwagon. The lead couple has a terrific blend of sass and soul with surprising depth and sizzling chemistry, and the realistic plot offers tantalizing promises for the future. The most refreshing and emotional parts of this story come during the heroine’s journey toward self-acceptance; it’s described with such compassion that it deserves special attention.
Saint Ford achieved her dream of becoming a nurse and is managing to suppress most of her insecurities — until the day when the brooding, tattooed Nash Donovan storms into her ER. Nash was Saint’s first love and first heartbreak, but now that his world has been crushed by a devastating family secret, Saint can’t watch him suffer without offering her help. Nash is enchanted by Saint’s kindness and beauty, but whenever he tries to tell her what she means to him, she pulls away. Can he convince her that he’s not the man he once was? (WILLIAM MORROW, May, 400 pp., $13.99)