ONE ON ONE
Griffin constructs a stirring love story, using the 9/11 tragedy as a backdrop, and tackles the subject of romance between former in-laws and/or step-relatives. She reveals the main characters' emotional cores through dialogue and their vivid inner thoughts, making the reader feel for them and not judge them. A wonderful reading experience, this novel portrays the enduring bonds among three generations of two families who are one by blood, marriage and love.
There's a fine line, however, between helping out and taking advantage of the situation, and Jared fears he's crossed it. But after months of denying themselves a chance -- since an impromptu kiss during Christmas -- Jared and Natasha succumb. All eyes are upon them as their secret is unintentionally revealed and their lives are changed forever. (KIMANI/ARABESQUE, Sep., 320 pp., $6.99)