Kathryn St. John is a typical small-town librarian with a scandal-free life — except for her secret. She subscribes to the Channel, a women-only cable network that allows viewers to fulfill their sexual fantasies. For Kathryn it’s literary heroes, like all three Musketeers, who are her lovers. She immerses herself in work and the Channel until Egret Point’s new middle-school principal Timothy Blair, stops in the library.
Tim is overwhelmingly attracted to Kathryn and though he’s a few years younger, he wants to pleasure her every way he can imagine. Kathryn’s unwilling to give up the Channel and control of her fantasies, but Tim convinces her to go on a date, which leads to another, and finally to bed. Kathryn discovers making love to a real man is better than most fantasies, even if her brother disapproves and the town gossips. Kathryn learns that the combination of sex and love is the best of all. (NAL, Aug., 304 pp., $15.00)