A corporate take-over of her primary sponsor threatens the survival of Felicity Beaumont's radio station. She sets out to convince new owner Luke Devlin to remain a sponsor. True to her nickname, Fizz, her temper bubbles over and she scolds a man she thinks is Devlin for his apathy for the townspeople who depend on his new company for a living.

Luke, witness to his cousin Phillip's scolding, and unmoved, agrees to write out the check Fizz desperately needs, but there are conditions. Fizz must give a part on the station's successful soap opera to Melanie Brett and convince her father, famous actor Edward Beaumont to become Melanie's acting coach. Nothing very difficult, except that something about Luke warns her to be careful.

Luke plots revenge on Edward Beaumont, his actress daughter Claudia and the reclusive Fizz. But, as Phillip tells him, revenge is a "wild justice" that can cost him more than he meant to pay.

An entertaining plot deftly moves toward the satisfying melodrama of a surprise ending. Fizz, a wounded heroine who works under the protective disguise of dependence on her father, lights up this first novel of Liz Fielding's promising "Beaumont Brides" trilogy. (Dec., 387 pp., $3.99)

Reviewed by: 
Gerry Benninger