Lucy Baker meets her next-door neighbor, Wylie Wilson, on the worst day of her life. Not only has the FBI informed her that her fiancé is a dangerous criminal with a fake identity, but they also consider her his accomplice. By the end of the day, she is scared, demoralized and bruised thanks to a freak accident involving a live wire on her street.

Somehow, meeting Wylie and his dog, Cooper, makes everything more bearable. As Lucy struggles to figure out who her fiancé is, she comes to the conclusion that she needs to save herself from him, while Wylie remains by her side, offering her love, laughter and security in the most uncertain of times.

Michaels confirms her reputation as a master storyteller. She combines the compelling story of a deceitful and dangerous fiancé with the growing love affair between Lucy and Wylie and throws in some humor and ESP to boot. Lucy and Wylie are human and loveable characters. In fact, all of the characters—human and canine—are well developed and add depth to a story that at different points is suspenseful, romantic and humorous, and at all times engrossing. Michaels takes her time letting the story and characters reveal themselves, and the result is one of her most enjoyable books. (May, 354 pp., $ 7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Stephanie Schneider