St. Martin's, Jan 2005, 6.99, 352 pp.
For two months a plumber named Mike has driven Lucas Gallagher crazy as he has his dream house built in Chandler. Lucas confronts Mike insisting he had the best San Francisco architect draw up the plans that she constantly modifies without his permission. Inside he knows her changes have been for the better, but cannot help but continually challenge her. For her part Michaela “Mike” Marconi cannot comprehend why she stalks him, but enjoys baiting her client though she wonders if it has to do more with the property she covets than the hunk she desires.
As Mike and Lucas fuss and fight over every turn of the wrench, they fall in love. However, Mike always runs away from potential love since her mother died when she was a child. Lucas has never been a lady's man, leaving those pursuits to his twin brother while he relates better with scientific research. Even though they share delightful lovemaking, neither changes their mind that this is a brief affair though neither want to be the one to end it.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner