Is legendary beauty Lady Annabelle beyond redemption? Rejected at every turn and growing older, Annabelle agrees to marry the man of her father's choosing, believing this will lead to a comfortable life free of complications. Miles Croft, the new Viscount Pelham, seems perfect for the part, but instead of finding a comfortable complacency, Miles and Annabelle awaken in each other a greater knowledge of themselves, and discover their need to complete each other.
Repressed L.A. news producer Melissa McGuire and steely-nerved captain Harry Brody of the country's only all-bachelor fire squad are flung together by chances both cute and contrived in Bernard's contemporary debut. When Melissa's meddling grandmother determines to find Melissa a husband, she schemes up a way to win her workaholic, love-burned granddaughter one of the hunky firefighters in a charity bachelor auction. Cerebral Melissa is initially horrified by the idea of a numbskull manly man flexing his muscles at her. Then she starts spending time with Harry, who's both sexy and deep. The pace is swift and the plot keeps twisting thanks to a spoiled news anchor, family tribulations, emotional baggage, and five-alarm fire drama. Despite a few weak premises that insist on propelling the story, this is a solid, sexy, and funny start to a planned series.