Dragon Warrior

Janet Chapman, Pocket Star, $7.99 mass market (368p) ISBN 978-1-4391-5989-7

Chapman continues the Midnight Bay series with the charming romance of William Killkenny, a 1,200-year-old former dragon whose humanity was restored in 2009's Moonlight Warrior, and Maddy Kimble, a nurse who's raising her troubled younger brother as well as her nine-year-old daughter. William's efforts to woo Maddy fall flat until he seeks advice from her elderly patients. After he displays his kindness to her patients and daughter, she realizes he's not entirely an arrogant he-man. But the divorced Maddy fears giving her locked-away heart to a man with secrets, while William fears he has no heart at all and is distracted by protecting Maddy from magical danger. Chapman infuses her story with great humor, and subplots involving Maddy's relatives and a dying patient provide necessary depth. (Feb.)