Warner, Jan 2003, 5.99, 384 pp.
Yorkshire Falls police officer Rick Chandler is known as much for his work holding up the law as for his reputation with the women. Several years, Rick married a pregnant woman, who eventually dumped him for the boyfriend who originally deserted her. Following that episode, in spite of the machinations of his ailing mother, Rick vows never again.
Rick pulls over to help stranded driver Kendall Sutton, who still wearing a bridal gown, was jilted by her fiancÚ. Kendall has moved into the home of her deceased aunt, an abode that needs lots of work. Rick offers her a deal. If she pretends to be his lover and thus help him ward off his mother's minions, he will fix her house and help her with her teenage sister. As they put up a pretense of a loving couple, Rick and Kendall find neither want the sham to end as they are in love, but both has been burned once before in a loving relationship.
The second Chandler family contemporary romance, THE PLAYBOY, is an engaging tale that fans of Carly Phillips will fully relish. The story line focuses on two weary warriors whose wary looks at love make for a fine novel. His two brothers and mom and her sister provide depth so that the audience will gain pleasure in this novel, obtain the previous book (see THE BACHELOR) and anxiously await the finale (the exempt brother's story).
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner