Callie Tyler is busy as a talented auto mechanic trying to keep her shop afloat. One night, as she's walking to her car with her cross-dressing cousin Pooky, they almost get run down. The owner of the car, Julian Cruise, is upset that his '64 Corvette Stingray has sustained damage.

At first, he plans on suing Callie, a woman so not his type, but Julian can't figure out why the little "elf" appeals to him on just about every level. They make a deal for Callie to repair the car.

The two make a connection that is truly once in a lifetime. Yes indeed, Callie has met her match! Once they share a night together, they realize that their bond is amazingly powerful. Yet Callie holds back. As time passes, Julian wants more, but he's willing to wait for Callie to realize what's happening between them.

Overton again brings to life characters the reader can connect with. On the side, there's a family dynamic on Julian's end that is just as effective as the primary story. Promises of the Heart is an excellent and compelling read that Overton smoothly works up to its hair-raising conclusion. (Apr., 320 pp., $5.99)
Reviewed by: 
Robin Taylor