Wanderer Becca Stone, the heroine in Lemmon’s sassy third Real Love contemporary (after Arm Candy), finally has a reason to consider putting down roots after meeting Dax Vaughn, who owns a bar in Columbus, Ohio. Dax is grieving the recent death of his father and wants some alone time, but he’s more than willing to share one night of his two-week vacation with the witty, beautiful blonde who’s just been fired—for the umpteenth time—by her brother, the owner of the Grand Lark Retreat in Tennessee. Thunderstorms and flooding extend their intended one night of steamy sex into days of personal conversations and exquisite meals at the retreat. Dax sees a lot more in Becca than just a good time, so he offers her a job, but her fear of commitment—not to mention her brother’s offer to reinstate and promote her—leaves her not sure which path to take. Becca and Dax’s instant chemistry is enhanced by their growing emotional bond. Readers will want more of this charming couple. Agent: Nicole Resciniti, Seymour Agency. (Jan.)
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