Judge Kate Renado and her ex-husband, lawyer Reese Bishop, are thrown together after five years apart, much to the dismay of their current significant others. These two take-charge, always-in-control perfectionists must partner up again in order to save their legal careers and their good reputations -- if they can manage not to kill each other first.

Kate and Reese have a long history of engaging in high-level competition, but neither counts on feeling the heat of attraction or the pain of seeing their former spouse with someone else. Further complicating matters is their only daughter, a 16-year-old with an attitude and a fervent desire to reunite her parents.

Shay has crafted a novel with an intriguing premise and, best of all, with two protagonists who unleash tons of conflict in their wake. The narrative, however, is disjointed at times and heavy on flashbacks, which slows the novel's pacing considerably. The significant others are much less likeable than the leads and they worry obsessively about their insecurities, which makes their point-of-view scenes more difficult to enjoy. Both sets of couples rehash many of the same concerns throughout the book, but it's satisfying to see how Kate and Reese finally find their way back to one another. (Jun., 368 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Marilyn Weigel