Mary Frame, author
She’s looking for a forever kind of guy, he might not live to see tomorrow. Bethany Connell has one goal: keep her cookies in her basket. And by cookies, she means sex. She will not be distracted by a pretty face and a rock-hard body again. This time, she wants a grown-up relationship. Something steady. Something forever. And then she wakes up in bed with New York City’s sexiest playboy. For Brent Crawford, only one thing matters: football. Except one more pass, and the game could kill him. Literally. With a lethal heart condition he’s been hiding from everyone, he’s got nothing to offer a woman, between the sheets or anywhere else. And then he wakes up in bed with a spitfire blonde who needs his all. So right for each other, Bethany and Brent are convinced now is the wrong time. But they’re about to find out it’s never too late to heal a broken heart.
Ghostly noises accidentally throw idiosyncratic executive assistant Bethany Connell into the arms of pro football player Brent Crawford in Frame’s witty fifth Imperfect contemporary. Bethany has fled her difficult family and is now living alone in New York City, working for irascible, misogynist executive Albert Crawford, and terrified of recurring creepy sounds in her apartment. Brent, Albert’s son, is dealing poorly with a troubling medical issue while fending off his father’s attempts to get him married, but he takes time to befriend attractive Bethany, and they investigate the weird wall knocking together. They swiftly become realistically close through quirky, punny repartee and their mutual devotion to true crime stories. Though at first they both believe a romance is ill-advised, and several outside conflicts fling up barriers, openness prevails and intimate confessions result in an appealing, believable relationship. The mystery-sounds plot resolves more clumsily. Frame’s charming, zany rom-com will appeal to fans of screwball comedies. (BookLife)