cover image A Perfect Pairing

A Perfect Pairing

Sheryl Lister. Forever, $16.99 trade paper (336p) ISBN 978-1-5387-2419-4

With this enticing contemporary, Lister returns to Firefly Lake, Calif., (after A Table for Two) to reunite high school sweethearts. Leaving behind a successful career as an investment manager in New York City, Antonio Hayes comes back to Firefly Lake to help out his family and ends up taking over his godfather’s construction business. It’s a move that puts him in close proximity with Natasha Baldwin, the woman who broke his heart when she dumped him via a letter during college. Natasha is the realtor for a new condominium project where Antonio is heading up construction, forcing them to clear the air about their past so they can work together. Soon, however, old feelings resurface. As they embark on a new relationship, Antonio warms to Natasha’s foodie friends and the pair try to dodge the small-town gossips. But rekindling their romance grows complicated when Antonio’s ex-wife arrives in Firefly Lake and Natasha is offered a dream job in Los Angeles. Throughout, Lister highlights the charm of community and the power of food to bring people together, and complements the proceedings with delicious descriptions of meals. Equally sweet and sensual, this is a treat. Agent: Sarah Younger, Nancy Yost Literary. (Aug.)