Life isn't going Shannon McCormick's way. Her roommate is dating the attorney who stole her secretary at the snobby Boston law firm where she works, the psycho managing partner makes it clear she's one step from fired, and her perfect sister is marrying Mr. Perfect Doctor. The only good thing? Her growing friendship with Van, the night security guard at work.

Rowe has some serious things to say about love, work, family and expectations, but it's nicely coated with laughs and a frantic pacing. Shannon is a likeable heroine, and her struggles to live her life and find love on her terms are easy to relate to, as is Van's insistence that he's not interested in being an alternate man in her life.

The secondary characters are unevenly drawn. Shannon's series of catastrophes is so extensive that Rowe risks overkill. But readers looking for something light and fast with a little sex and a lot of love will enjoy this fun romp. (Oct., 336 pp., $12.95)
Reviewed by: 
Donna Carter