PICK ME UP
Lauren Baker is in Arizona to start her new, no-wimp life with a no-destination, no-obligation trip around the country. With wonderful but overprotective parents, she is 29 and just beginning to rebel, after divorcing a smothering, domineering husband. Around a bend she finds a broken-down motorcycle and, despite her fears, she offers the attractive driver a lift into the next town. Brett Wallace owns a ranch and resort and was to be married that day, but he walked in on his bride-to-be and the best man having sex. Immediately attracted to Lauren, Brett offers her a room at the resort for a few days. What follows is hot sex, well-developed characters and humor, all placed in beautifully described scenery. Pick Me Up (4.5), by Samantha Hunter, is a winner.