#1 NYT bestselling author Susan Mallery writes heartwarming, humorous novels about the relationships that define our lives-family, friendship, romance. She's known for putting nuanced characters in emotional situations that surprise readers to laughter. Beloved by millions, her books have been translated into 28 languages.Susan lives in Washington with her husband, two cats, and a small poodle with delusions of grandeur. Visit her at SusanMallery.com.
Mallery's latest spicy saga of the Buchanan family, Seattle's most prominent restaurateurs, doesn't quite measure up to the pleasures of her last (Irresistible), but makes a tasty dish nonetheless. This entry features Reid Buchanan, a womanizing former baseball hero trying to clean up his tarnished image after an embittered reporter he slept with publishes a tell-all newspaper article headlined, "Good in bed? Not so much." With the media hot on his tail, Reid takes refuge at the family estate, where his cantankerous grandmother, Gloria, is recovering from a series of debilitating illnesses. Gloria's as mean-spirited as Reid remembers, but now she's got to deal with peppy home-care nurse Lori Johnson, who's determined to turn Gloria's life around. Lori does her best to ignore Reid-arrogant, self-centered and "fifteen kinds of gorgeous"-knowing that even if she were attracted to him (which of course she is) he wouldn't look twice at a plain Jane like her. While Mallery's prose is luscious and provocative, and her characters worth following from book to book, fans may be disappointed when Lori resorts to expensive haircuts and fashion makeovers to catch her man. An intriguing backstory involving Reid's half-sister Dani and her search for her birth father should leave readers impatient for the next entry's July 2007 release. (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.