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.

Los Angeles video set designer Ryan Mitchell loves her new job. So when she finally meets her boss, television executive Keir Southall, she finds herself in a quandary. The man is too handsome for words, and his attraction to her is obvious and wrong on so many levels. He's her boss, and this is Hollywood. Besides, she's already been warned to not have a tryst with the boss, and she needs to keep her stellar reputation. Yet she can't stop herself from flirting with him, dating him and falling in love with him and his kids.

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)
Reviewed by: 
Dee Y. Stewart