After losing his first and only love because of overwhelming pride, Lance Montgomery realizes it's time for a change in his life. He's giving up one-night stands and going after his soul mate, Asia Fowler, to prove that they were meant to be together. Despite their difference of opinion on relationships, Lance is determined to show her that he's a changed man who is in it for the long haul.

Asia, however, has been hurt too many times by men and is unconvinced by Lance's proclamation of love. But when they end up on a secluded island together, she may just discover a new, more attractive side of him.

Readers may recall many of the characters in this novel from its predecessor, The Playa's Handbook. This is as sinfully sexy as the first novel, but delves deeper into each character's thoughts and ideology. Lance is more charming than ever, but more sensitive as well. Both he and Asia mature in this novel.

Too much attention, however, is given to secondary characters, which is frustrating, because this detracts from the development of Asia and Lance's relationship and, at times, monopolizes the story. Despite this minor flaw, the novel thrives with vivid detail. (Nov., 304 pp., $13.95)
Reviewed by: 
T.L. Burton