Warner, Aug 2003, 16.95, 288 pp.
Yorkshire Falls Gazette editor Chase Chandler travels to DC to pursue the dream he put on hold two decades ago when his dad died and his two younger brothers and mom needed him. Chase hopes his sibling can help him further his career, but is also annoyed at his brothers for not telling him that their mom faked a heart attack.
NY Senator Michael Carlisle is the front runner for his party's vice presidential nomination. His oldest daughter Sloane overhears two campaign aids claim he is not her biological father as a Samson from Yorkshire Falls, NY is. They plan to eliminate Samson before he derails Michael's career. A stunned Sloane goes to a bar where she meets Chase. They hit it off and spend a delightful evening of sex, but she is gone in the morning.
Sloane confronts her stepmother who tells her that Samson is her biological dad. Sloane decides to warn Samson that he is in danger from Michael's campaign team. Chase meets Madeline, who offers an exclusive interview if he will watch over Sloane. He agrees, but is shocked to learn that Sloane is the same female he shared the best sex of his life with. In Yorkshire Falls is the rest of the story.
Though coincidence is over-used, this warm contemporary tale provides a fine romance that also ties up the trilogy (see THE BACHELOR and THE PLAYBOY). The story line contains two delightful lead protagonists, a bit of intrigue, and a warm secondary cast. Readers will appreciate this series but wonder why something as serious as a heart attack is misused by several of the Chandler brood.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner