WHEN LOVE CALLS
Norfleet's entertaining story deals
with a serious subject in such a way that it doesn't overpower the romantic story of the hero and the heroine. She accomplishes this with the help of some lighthearted and sometimes quirky characters, as well as the venerable Mamma Lou, who is up to her matchmaking ways again.
He meets the woman of his dreams -- after she spills a drink on him, gets him detained by the police and gives him a false name. After that rocky start, the two get to know one another in Washington, D.C. Their jobs threaten to interfere, but more troubling is the interference of Alyssa's grandmother, who reveals family secrets as a result of her illness. Can they set aside past differences to find their way back to one another? (KIMANI/Arabesque, Mar., 304 pp., $6.99)