Maybe We Won’t

Melissa Foster. Montlake, $12.95 trade paper (324p) ISBN 978-1-5420-3492-0

In bestseller Foster’s sweet third Silver Harbor romance (after Maybe We Should) an easy-going chef shows a high-powered businesswoman that life doesn’t have to be all work and no play. After corporate attorney Deirdra de Messiéres is unfairly passed over for a promotion, she decides to take a two-month hiatus from her stressful job to figure out her next move. Spontaneous, lighthearted chef Jagger Jones, who works at Deirdra’s sister’s restaurant on Silver Island, is Deirdra’s opposite; he goes with the flow and as long as he has money and freedom, he’s content. Über-responsible Deirdra, who bore the brunt of her alcoholic mother’s breakdowns growing up, initially mocks his hippie ways but learns to see their wisdom as the pair grow closer and she contemplates a major life change. The snappy prose—including a laugh-out-loud description of the van where Jagger lives (aka the “shaggin’ wagon”)—captivates, while Jagger’s gentleness and love for his autistic brother will melt readers’ hearts. Foster’s strength in creating smart, sexy contemporaries with a focus on familial bonds is on full display. This is a treat. (Apr.)