Ellie Stepp has had a crush on Mayor Mason Sweet ever since he defended her against a school bully in the sixth grade. It isn't until her sister's wedding, however, that Mason takes notice of her.

His attraction develops quickly, but Mason's drinking problem not only hinders a romantic connection for them, it could destroy his political career as well.

The second installment in the Stepp sisters trilogy is a wonderfully romantic story that realistically depicts Mason's alcoholism. It also does a good job showing the stages his friends and family go through until they ultimately try to work with him to get him to accept and deal with his drinking. (Nov., 352 pp., $5.99)
Reviewed by: 
Susan Mobley