by Susan Mallery

October 2004
ISBN: 0-373-77009-X
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When Jill catches her husband, Lyle, literally with his pants down in the office, things go from bad to worse. Not only is she in the midst of a messy divorce, but she also loses her job at a prestigious law firm where she had hoped to become partner. Instead Lyle, the "lying weasel, rat fink dog", gets the coveted junior partner office and stays in San Francisco. Jill leaves and heads for sleepy Los Lobos, California, to lick her wounds and live with her Aunt Bev until she can send out some resumes. In the meantime, she takes over the small law practice of a recently deceased attorney who seemed more competent in his fishing skills.

In Los Lobos Jill becomes re-acquainted with Mac, who is now the sheriff. She had wanted him to be her "first" when they were in high school, but that episode ended in comic disaster. Mac now has his hands full with trying to keep joint custody of his daughter, Emily. He and his ex have had a fairly amicable divorce, but Emily has been traumatized and is acting out in rather quirky ways. It does not help that the caseworker has a huge prejudice against law enforcement people.

Jill and Mac try to establish a relationship again and neither are looking for more than a sort of passionate friendship. As they both deal with wounds from the past and present, they will have to decide which path to pursue for the future.

Jill and Mac are vulnerable, but believable characters who evoke great empathy. Their love scenes sizzle, but there is an underlying tenderness and poignancy. Other secondary characters are well-developed and are an integral part of the plot. This is truly a touching tale of second chances and hope. Most of us have been through trying times and it is encouraging to see that sometimes dreams can change and still be satisfying. There is plenty of humor in this book with Jill's schemes to wreck revenge on her ex. A good "villain", such as Lyle, is almost as much fun as a good guy.

This is my first book by Ms. Mallery, but it certainly won't be my last. I will be looking for her back list. I would encourage all romance readers who love a heartwarming story to pick up Someone Like You.

Reviewed in September 2004 by Roberta.

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