NOW UNTIL FOREVER
Whoever said to beware of office romances obviously hasn't met Keir Southall. The name alone sounds sizzling, but the baby-mama drama is a scorcher. The romance is adult and enduring, and White–Owens does a good job of creating a likable couple and proving that love does still happen after 40. However, some characters are cliched, and their actions make them seem more caricature than real. This makes the story less heartfelt and, coupled with the episodic chapter endings, it reads like a soap opera near the end.
Keir reassures her that their professional relationship will not be compromised by their love. But when his ex-wife's friends physically threaten his children, Ryan reaches an impasse. Will she fight for her love, or let Keir's children live in peace? (Dafina, Dec., 304 pp., $6.99)