by Nancy Warren

May 2003
ISBN: 0-373-79089-9
Reviewer Graphic Button Harlequin #85
Mass Market Paperback

Luke Lawson needs some R & R. His first book is finished and published. The ideas for his second one are starting to clamor in his head, and his “regular” job as a journalist keeps him busy. What he would really like to do is further his acquaintance with Shari Wilson, his lovely neighbor. He has had his eye on the shapely teacher for a while, but felt that he was under too much pressure to give her his full attention. Now is the perfect time to act on the attraction that sparks between them at every encounter.

Shari has been thinking about Luke, too. She has decided to take matters into her own hands and see if it is just chemistry, or if he is interested in her, as well. Luckily, she has the perfect opening - the postman has left a package for Luke at her apartment by mistake. She will just do the neighborly thing and deliver it in person.

Fate comically steps in at this point. When the package, a copy of Luke’s book, accidentally gets opened, Shari gets the wrong message. Luke wrote "Sex for Total Morons", he didn’t buy it for help on his love life! When the mortification dies down, Luke is left wondering how he will ever convince Shari that he is not a loser between the sheets. Wait a minute - what if he lets her make that assumption? What if he asks his Shari to help him practice a few of the early lessons on setting the stage for seduction? Shari is not sure about this, but is willing to help Luke out, especially since he is so sexy - it would be a shame to waste all that natural talent with poor performance.

By the Book is very entertaining. There are some comic scenes that made me laugh out loud, and the sizzle factor is steamy. Shari’s skepticism soon turns to enthusiasm, as she discovers that Luke is a good student and a quick learner. She is a good teacher, so she wants him to be successful with his course of study - really successful!

Reviewed in May 2003 by Paula.

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