Perry's strong writing and humorous banter make this story enjoyable. Although the heroine's immature motives throughout much of the book detract from her likability, she's a witty character, and her tendency to quote MacGyver is an original touch.
Computer geek and third- degree black belt Mena Donovan has spent 28 years in her scientist sister's shadow. When Mena's parents finally rave about something in her life and declare it to be better than her sister's, Mena wants to bask in her parents' approval. The problem is that praiseworthy thing is Mena's now-ex-boyfriend.
Mena sets off to win back the guy she just broke up with, but he's already found someone new. She tries a few underhanded strategies, which lead to her dating her ex's friend and boxing instructor, Rio. What she doesn't count on, however, is falling for Rio, a guy she's convinced is absolutely everything her parents would disapprove of. (ZEBRA, Sep., 352 pp., $4.99)