Ralphie's Wives (HQN) by Christine Rimmer is up first. Phoebe Jacks has a good life, plenty of close friends, a mother who sometimes has psychic insights. And just now, she's being the strong one of her close circle since her ex-husband has died. Oh, and Ralphie was also married to her two best friends over the years as well. But old Ralphie never changed his will, so now half of Phoebe's bar belongs to his friend Rio Navarro, a the hunky p.i. who's just rolled into town on his motorcycle, believing that someone deliberately killed Ralphie. And Rio aims to find out who that someone is. This one is filled with complicated relationships: Phoebe's with her friends, all of them with Ralphie. Rio's got the requisite dark history that makes him wary of any close relationships of his own, though that predictability doesn't make him any less attractive. This one is a pretty light read, enjoyable for the duration, but wasn't a keeper for me. I will, however, be looking at some of Ms. Rimmer's other books and future releases. This one gets three of Cupid's five arrows.
Causing Havoc (Berkley) by Lori Foster is next, with Dean 'Havoc' Conor returning to his childhood hometown despite his misgivings when his sister writes to beg him to come back. Eve Lavon is his sister's best friend, and the first person her meets when he returns to Harmony. Of course, at the time, he doesn't know he'll be meeting her again. Still, the attraction between them is hot, as always in a Lori Foster romance, and, with Dean intending only a brief visit and Eve not ready to settle down, it seems this might just be the perfect relationship. But we all know that can never last, right? Foster's trademark heat and humor, not to mention the just plain likable characters all combine here to make for a really good read. Lori Foster is, for me, an automatic keeper, and this one is no exception to that rule. Even if you're not a wrestling fan (and I'm certainly not), this one is still a good story. The secondary characters definitely beg for their own stories, and I know at least one of them is upcoming, while not overshadowing the romance between Eve and Dean. I'm giving this one four arrows.