This contemporary romance is fluffy and enjoyable, especially if you suspend all disbelief and embrace the story's screwball comedy style. The plot moves at a breakneck pace. Consequently, the author conveys the romantic relationship's growth by "telling", rather than "showing": Janey and Toph are thrown together and their love just happens. Nonetheless, author Summer Devon makes this story a success with many moments of mayhem and hilarity. If you're looking for a light read to breeze through that will leave you energized and smiling, Unnatural Calamities is the ticket!

Ever since her twin sister was sent to prison, Janey's been holding down the home front: temping during the day, pulling high-end catering gigs until the wee hours of the night and taking care of her sister's young daughter. With all of this going on, it's no wonder Janey isn't spending time on looking good. Not that this matters to venture capitalist Christopher "Toph" Dunham. He's known polished, chic women before — like his cold ex-wife — and now he prefers a woman with a warm smile. Toph and Janey enter a business relationship and are soon considering a more intimate arrangement. And when family trouble erupts, Janey and Toph turn to each other. However, their whirlwind romance has serious consequences, ones that may threaten the family Janey has so carefully scotch-taped together. (SAMHAIN, Dec., dl., $4.50)

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Maria Planansky