cover image Can't Hurry Love

Can't Hurry Love

Christie Ridgway. Berkley Sensation, $7.99 mass market (304p) ISBN 978-0-425-24210-0

Concluding the Baci women trilogy (after Then He Kissed Me), Ridgway weaves a passion-filled but middling yarn centered on Giuliana "Jules" Baci, the oldest Baci sister. After a decade away from her hometown and her family's winery, Jules returns and vows to spend the year helping her sisters bring the business back from the brink of ruin. What Jules doesn't count on, however, is the continuing desire she feels for Liam, her handsome high school beau, who has since become stiff and cold. Mutual lust bridges the distance and the two engage in many spontaneous, secretive trysts, but these intimate encounters reignite an emotional bond that neither will admit to, while a series of vandalisms and unearthed secrets threaten to shatter the affair as well as the Baci family harmony. Spicy sex scenes heat up an otherwise predictable story. (July)