Fleeing a high-profile broken engagement, Vanessa Blanchard flies to Mexico hoping to soothe her wounded spirit. On the plane she meets handsome businessman Joshua Kirkland, who's determined not to let her walk out of his life after they disembark. Unable to resist their powerful attraction, Vanessa reluctantly agrees to have dinner with him.

Falling in love with Joshua is the last thing she expects, but Vanessa falls hard and fast. After a whirlwind courtship, she and Joshua marry and their honeymoon is a sensual fantasy until Joshua goes for a walk one afternoon and never returns. Thirteen months later, after she's returned to the States, Joshua walks back into her life acting as if he hadn't abandoned her.

Despite her resolve to resist his seductive pursuit as he tries to restore their marriage, Vanessa succumbs to his charm only to find herself knee deep in secrets, lies and a betrayal that could rip the entire fabric of their lives.

Ms. Alers has written a provocative, lush romance with all the glorious attributes of a keeper. (Dec., 320 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Cheryl Ferguson