Jaine Bright lives up to her name: She's as bright—and explosive—as a firecracker. But after three broken engagements, the heroine of this breezy new tale from Howard (All the Queen's Men) has given up on finding Mr. Perfect. When Jaine and three pals engage in some risqué girl talk about what they want in a man, their tongue-in-cheek list gets leaked to the local newscast. Soon, they're being pursued by the national press—and one particularly offended, and psychotic, killer.
Jaine takes refuge with her next-door neighbor Sam Donovan, a hunky cop who, as Howard pantingly describes, measures up on all counts. Their white-hot affair takes up so much of the book that finding the murderer seems almost an afterthought. Sam's police work cracks the case, but by the inevitable showdown, it's clear that Jaine is one woman who doesn't need rescuing. (Pocket, $24.95)