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Genre: Contemporary Romance, Multicultural
After a slow start, Sargeant's novel develops into an interesting drama with many twists. Readers will root for Joan as she acknowledges that she wants to take control of her life. The decisions that the characters make will have you rooting for their future happiness as well.
Joan Brown -- who writes erotic romance under the nom de plume Cleopatra Sinclair -- and Ronald Montgomery have a one-night stand at a writers conference. Back in the real world, Joan is a straight-laced minister's daughter and the co-owner of an art supply store. But when Ron comes to her Ohio town to teach a summer class, he convinces her that keeping her secret is not in her best interest. At the same time, Ron is escaping from his own family drama: He caught his brother in bed with his then-fiancee, and his parents knew of the affair.
Joan makes the fateful decision to reveal her secret to her parents, at the urging of her new lover. The fallout is heartbreaking for Joan, but it also helps Ron come to terms with the frail relations he has with his own family. (DAFINA, Jun., 313 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed By: Jacqui McGugins
Published: June 2009