Freelance writer and aspiring novelist Samantha Brady has become dissatisfied with her New York City life, despite living with her best friend Jack Turner. She's been in town for six years and is still struggling to make ends meet while trying to publish her novel— plus, her biological clock is ticking.

Until now, Samantha has always been able to count on Jack to cheer her up, but when a night of too much whiskey turns into a night of steamy passion, the consequences are profound.

Criswell's story has a terrific premise, and there are some cute and humorous moments throughout. Unfortunately, the protagonists' potential isn't realized because they're drawn very simplistically. And several segments of the story are told in summary, giving the narrative a distant and often disjointed feel. (Jul., 384 pp., $5.99)
Reviewed by: 
Marilyn Weigel