THE STREET WHERE SHE LIVES
This tightly plotted but predictable romance features preteen Emily, who'll do anything to get her parents back together. Emily's scheme brings her dadadventure photojournalist Benback from the Amazon to take care of Rachel, the woman he left 13 years ago.
Rachel was seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident and needs a nurse. But Ben is also returning home because he's been receiving threatening messages and seeks to protect his family. Meanwhile, Emily stages romantic dinners for two.
Shalvis expertly manages Emily's character development, and there's plenty to like about her hero and heroine. However, sponge baths are just not sexy, and Rachel's abrupt change of heart feels false. She goes from resenting Ben "with her entire being" to giving him hot kisses far too quickly. (Oct., 304 pp., $5.99)