Lanie Prescott was all set to begin her new life. After not being taken seriously as deputy in her hometown of Majestic, Colorado, she takes a new job elsewhere, rents out her condo and prepares to make a break of things. But on the night of her going-away party, she discovers the job offer has been temporarily postponed, meets her replacement, promptly puts her foot in her mouth and then breaks her leg while chasing a man trying to steal her car stereo.

Her aforementioned replacement, Paul Cabrera, has come to Majestic to start a new life. Burned out from the Miami Police Department, he's ready for a different kind of police work. And it is certainly different in Majestic—dealing with small-town crime, small-town mentalities and Lanie, his attractive but difficult landlord.

Lanie finds herself falling for Paul, and life gets complicated as her mother begins dating Lanie's former boss, who never showed her respect, and Lanie continues looking for a job out of town.

Although a little thin on conflict, Holm's story is a light, enjoyable read. (Oct., 384 pp., $6.50)

Reviewed by: 
Debbie Richardson