ROMANCING THE TEACHER
Charged with DUI on the anniversary of the accident that killed his family, sci-fi author B.D. Brendan -- aka Ian Malone -- is sentenced to community service instead of jail time. A break, Ian thinks, until he meets teacher Lisa Kittridge, a volunteer at the shelter he's assigned to. Lisa's a taskmaster and finds Ian very resistible -- she lost her fiance to a drunk driver. But Ian's not just charming, he's self-deprecating and good with kids, including Lisa's son. She's tempted, until she learns his true identity. Marie Ferrarella's Romancing the Teacher (4) has a nicely constructed plot, abundant warmth and humor, plus great characters -- especially the hero.