Zebra, Oct 2001, 5.99, 352 pp.
Divorced Kellie Summers receives the frantic call from the All Day All Play day camp to pick up her son Trevor who was gambling and possessed a knife. Kellie leaves her struggling new business Copycat to pick Trevor and his twin sister up, but instead ends up in a fender bender with a hunk of a BMW, Riley Lombard III. He makes sure Kellie is okay, but has a flash of he and she marrying.
He knows he must avoid this woman at all costs because he cannot deal with any personal emotions as he is still struggling with the deaths of his spouse and daughter. However, his efforts to escape seem doomed as fate seems to propel Kellie and Riley together. His new ploy is to find her someone else, but he soon finds himself in love with a woman who reciprocates his even though she wanted nothing to do with the other sex after the impulsive gambler of a first husband.
HUSBAND MATERIAL is an amusing contemporary romance that uses misunderstandings to foster the plot. The story line is often humorous, but the problem of gambling addiction is a serious subject that is treated too lightly. Kellie and Riley are strong individuals struggling with their respective pasts and the pressure of a combined future. Her two kids are a delight especially Trevor the Terrible. Liz Ireland has written a funny relationship tale starring two walking wounded.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner