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The term is over, and sociologist Emma Riley is back home in Rock Creek, PA, for her two sisters' weddings. She also intends to begin a research study of the reasons behind the recent influx of people into tiny Rock Creek by interviewing some new arrivals-starting with supersexy bad boy Jake Slayter, former extreme sports athlete and current bartender at the local watering hole. Brains and brawn clash from the start, but when scholarly Emma piques Jake's interest by leveling a lecherous drunk with a well-placed hit and her outgoing mother invites Jake to the wedding-as Emma's date!-the pair strike a bargain that could give them both what they want. A prim heroine with a fiery core and a haunted, searching hero who thrives on the rush of adrenaline join with an abundance of quirky characters to drive the classic plot of this funny, spicy romance to a satisfying conclusion. With her typical sense of humor, Linz has given readers another joyful, laughter-filled story to savor-and another view into the charming Pennsylvania town she has created. Linz (Big Girls Don't Cry) lives in Naperville, IL.