Readers new to the Edilean series will fall in love with the small-town atmosphere, and longtime fans will enjoy revisiting familiar faces. While the book has plenty of charm and strong supporting characters, Deveraux misses the mark with her heroine. Sara’s emotional fragility, antiquated mannerisms and old-fashioned vocabulary seem better suited to a Victorian lady than a modern 26-year-old. Sara and Mike’s relationship, however, is sexy and sweet, as they navigate
their unexpected attraction. This is a fun, if imperfect, read.
Despite objections from nearly everyone she knows, Sara Shaw is determined to go through with her wedding to the charming and handsome Greg Anders. However, Greg is not who he claims to be, and he wants something more from Sara than marital bliss. Detective Mike Newland has connections to Edilean, and when the FBI discovers that con artist Greg is living there, Mike goes undercover to catch him. To do his job, Mike will need to get close to Sara. However, he never expects to feel something more for the girl next door. (ATRIA, Aug., 384 pp., $25.99)