One of the Boys is a reissue of Lovelace's delightful military romance, Bits and Pieces, which has been updated to reflect the current Eglin Air Force Base environment.

Laid-back Maura's disastrous first date with Colonel Jake McAllister leaves her vowing to steer clear of the uptight flyboy. But this proves challenging, since her work as a test manager at Eglin AFB throws her in constant contact with Jake. And when she becomes buddies with Jake's teenage daughter, Maura lands right in the middle of his life.

Jake has never met a woman more ill-suited to his structured military life—or more irresistible—than Maura. When a test analysis Maura is working on causes a near-fatal disaster, she comes under suspicion for sabotage. Can Jake clear his lover's name, or will he lose her forever?

Watching this wonderfully mismatched pair puzzle over each other's quirks is pure fun. As a bonus, One of the Boys also includes a reissue of the novella "Maggie and Her Colonel." (Mar., 336 pp., $5.99)
Reviewed by: 
Susan Mitchell