Despondent over the death of her beloved brother Brock, Cecy Scatterton is in financial straits. She is on the verge of being homeless and cant even get to the emergency room to treat her banged up nose.

Chas Buchanan is a financial planner and investment counselor with a specific plan for his life. After witnessing Cecys dilemma in the emergency room, he offers to pay her bill if she agrees to fill in for his vacationing assistant. Cecy leaps at the chance. By the end of the week, Cecy and her mangy cat Barney are secretly living in Chas offices after hours. Chas finds himself lusting after his new attractive assistant but any kind of long-term relationship is out of the question as Chas already has his long-range goals planned out. Of course, the best-laid plans

New author Karen Kendall shows bright promise and lots of sexy sizzle. The sensual Chas and Cecy are guaranteed to raise temperatures. (May, 384 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith