Williamson creates a novel filled with complex characters, searing love scenes and social issues that are relevant today. From their first ardent kiss, Ray and Lily are combustible, and their path to love is fascinating. Book four of the Mallory family series is just as absorbing and passionate as the previous novels.
Lillian Wickham is desperate for a new start, and caring for Melody is it. Although Melody hides to avoid schooling, Lily is determined to teach her young charge and ignore her ever-increasing attraction to the girl's father. But as Lily and Ray give in to their undeniable passion, unforeseen danger touches Melody. They will have to trust in each other to bring their beloved child safely home. (Samhain, Oct. '06, 228 pp., $12.00)