Image of Playing for Keeps: A Cricket Creek Novel


Image of Playing for Keeps: A Cricket Creek Novel

This first of McLane’s new Cricket Creek series is a delightful bouquet of romances set in a small town that needs saving. The main characters play well off one another and the secondary romances are as entertaining and enjoyable to follow as the central one.

Noah Falcon, a former major league relief pitcher turned actor, returns to his hometown of Cricket Creek, Ky., after 20 years away to audition for a community theater production. After his soap opera character was killed off, he was left with the need to improve his acting abilities. Almost everyone is pleased to see him, except teacher Olivia Lawson, who has the female lead in the play. Having had a long-unrequited crush on Noah since tutoring him in high school, she doesn’t welcome him back. But her feelings change quickly when she begins to see the real Noah behind the playboy star, the one who really wants to make this play a success and help the town once again become prosperous. Along the way, Olivia plays matchmaker, much to the participants’ chagrin. (SIGNET ECLIPSE, Mar., 304 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Susan Mobley