by Shirley Jump

June 2004
ISBN: 0-373-19724-1
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For those of you who loved The Bachelor's Dare as much as I did last year, I think you’ll love picking up where that story left off, as Jump tells us the story of widower Luke Dole and a very pregnant Anita Ricardo.

Luke Dole had no idea that he’d end up being reacquainted with Anita Ricardo again, when he is caught crawling through the bedroom window of the ramshackle house she is renting in Mercy, Indiana, or that he’d end up with a Teflon frying pan upside his head. Once Luke explains that he is really crawling in behind his twelve year old daughter Emily, who still thought the house was deserted, he and Anita take the chance to discuss how it is she ended up moving to Luke’s hometown.

With Anita’s job prospects falling through and a baby on the way she decides to take Luke up on the idea of spending some time tutoring his daughter who is badly in need of a woman’s touch. Things start to get even cozier as the story progresses and Anita ends up needing a place to live when there is a fire at her rental house and then again when she needs a birthing partner at her Lamaze class.

You will chuckle your way through this charming romance as Luke tries to fight his growing feelings for the sassy Anita who completely steals his heart and the heart of the reader.

Reviewed in May 2004 by Shelby.

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