Along with the psychological scars he carries from 9/11, New York firefighter Ian Woodward also lost his ability to walk. Last year, while visiting his sister in Hidden Cove, he met actress Lisel Loring. Neither expected a relationship to develop, and when Lisel wanted to take their friendship to the next level, Ian panicked and ran.

Now he's returned, this time to teach at the fire academy. As fate would have it, Lisel is also back, but for more frightening reasons: She has an all-too-persistent admirer.

Disgraced former cop Rick Ruscio is trying to rebuild his life. Getting hired to protect Lisel is a step, but Rick also has to perform community service, which places him squarely in the path of preschool teacher Faith McPherson. Despite his bad-boy reputation, Faith sees the good person within.

Award-winning author Shay has developed a truly appealing group of characters in her Hidden Cove books. Her ability to weave together multiple storylines adds to the richness of her novels. (Feb., 368 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith