THE SECOND CHANCE CAFE
Kent is a favorite for steamy erotica, but she also writes beautiful contemporaries, and in Second Chance Café her voice is reminiscent of an early Nora Roberts. The attraction between Kaylie and Ten is immediate, but the relationship builds slowly. A diverse secondary cast gives hope that the series will continue, perhaps with Kaylie’s friend, Luna. The sporadic inclusion of brownie recipes is a total bonus that I imagine many readers will eagerly test for themselves.
Kaylie, a former foster child, has recently purchased the house she grew up in, with the intent to remodel and open a café. Looking to find closure on a traumatic childhood, she views the house as a safe haven that will lend her the strength to deal with the onslaught of memories while she searches for her parents. When she hires Ten as contractor, she gets more than she bargained for. He’s a confirmed bachelor haunted by guilt, so romance isn’t part of his plan. Their easy connection leads to a friendship that slides gradually into love. (MONTLAKE, Mar., 350 pp., $12.95)