Desiree Holland, writer of sassy interracial African-American romantic comedies, hasn't published a book in five years. Her secret life is overwhelming her and she wants to go in another direction with her books. The problem is that Desiree is really Peter Underhill, a white divorced man with no place to live and no career under his own name. He wants to write a serious book telling the story of his father and life with him. When his publisher offers money for another Desiree romance, he has no choice but to try to write one.

Once again, the book is based on Ebony Mills, the woman he's loved since she was on his street hockey team. The African-American young woman felt a bond with him, but their families broke them up and they disappeared from each other's lives.

This romance has many literary touches with poems, parts of Desiree's book and parts of Peter's book. Sometimes challenging, but always engaging, Murray's book is a warm and interesting story. It is also certainly not the same old, same old. (Nov., 352 pp., $15.00)
Reviewed by: 
Page Traynor