Van McNeil is no longer the overweight, clumsy boy he used to be, the one who Morgan Allgood never gave the time of day to. He's all grown up and a success in his own right as a weatherman. When he runs into Morgan as she's auditioning for the sports anchor spot at a Chicago station, Van can't pass up the opportunity to get with her. The only problem is Morgan's not biting. The last thing she wants in her life is a bona fide player who can't commit.

An unnecessary prologue is quickly overshadowed by a rapid-paced beginning in With Open Arms. Both Morgan and Van's sassy nature make them attractive characters who are compelling. Although there are moments where the dialogue seems corny, it's easily overlooked with the story's many positive aspects.

Humor is an essential trait that adds entertainment and keeps the novel from being commonplace. This is sensual, down-to-earth reading that's classic Louise. (Jul., 280 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
TL. Burton