TO PROTECT AND CHERISH
Running his construction business keeps Tate Pardell so busy that he doesn't notice how lonely his life's become -- until he hires a new housekeeper: Anita Sutton, a widowed mother of three, who turns his sterile house into a home. His growing feelings for Anita and her kids force Tate to confront his demons, and step up when her philandering late husband's parents appear and threaten to sue for custody. Marriage is the perfect solution, but can they trust each other enough to walk down the aisle? Karen Rose Smith's To Protect and Cherish (4) follows a classic storyline, but it's distinguished by subtle, sensitive characters and potent sensuality.