by Denene Miller, Nick Chiles

June 2004
ISBN: 0-451-21115-4
Reviewer Graphic Button New American Library
Trade Paperback

Sparks fly when a single mother and a middle school teacher meet, but they aren’t necessarily sparks of attraction.

Zaria Chance is a single mother of two kids. She’s managed to raise them without any help from their low-down father. Trying to work a job, keep a house and raise children is difficult at times. Yet, Zaria wouldn’t trade her children for anything. She’s doing her best to make sure that they will grow up to be productive adults and not have to end their dreams early like she did. She knows they’re not perfect, but when her son’s teacher seems to question her control over her son, she gets mad. Who cares if Kenneth Roman is one of the finest looking men she’s ever seen?

Kenneth Roman knows he didn’t get off on the right foot with Zaria. The more he sees the beautiful single mother, the more he realizes he would like to get to know her better. How can he make up for a terrible first impression? While Zaria’s son continues to push the boundaries in his class, Kenneth is facing some other problems with his basketball team. When their relationship takes off, Kenneth thinks that things just might start going his way until Zaria learns something about him that could ruin their love and his happiness.

Denene Millner and Nick Chiles present an interesting way of telling the love story between Zaria and Kenneth. Each chapter is told by one of the main characters in an alternating viewpoint style which starts out a little awkward but as I continued reading, I got used to it and enjoyed hearing both points of view. Zaria is a strong woman with an up front aggressive personality. She’s had to be strong to keep her family together. Kenneth starts out as a player, interested in women, but longing to find that one special one.

In Love and War is a well written story about two independent people who have to be willing to forgive and work hard at keeping their relationship together.

Reviewed in July 2004 by Jenni.