The latest installment in the Serendipity series is a little more predictable than earlier works, and the inclusion of all the people from previous books can be a bit confusing for first-time readers, but Phillips once again uses her ability to illuminate her characters’ interior lives to save the day.
Good girl Erin Marsden has stepped over the line exactly once, in a one-night stand with bad boy Cole Sanders, and now she is paying the price. Pregnant, and not even sure how to tell him, she’s distracted by being shot at en route to work at the DA’s office. She needs a bodyguard until the shooter is found, and Cole volunteers. Each half of this couple is going to have to adapt to their new reality — parenthood. How they do this, and how they learn to be a family unit, will set the course for their future. (JOVE, Aug., 310 pp., $7.99)