The absolute last thing Dena Bailey wants in her well-orchestrated life is a serious romance in Pamela Bauer's The Man Upstairs. Pro hockey player Quinn Sterling isn't looking for permanence either, so when he moves in upstairs at 14 Valentine Place, the pair makes time in their hectic lives for a little light romancing. When Quinn becomes temporary guardian to his best friend's orphaned children, he and Dena are forced to re-evaluate their attitudes toward their part-time romance and their long-term ambitions. Dena can no longer bury her emotions about her mother's abandonment in long hours of work at Delaney Design and her own freelancing. When they first met, the attraction was swift, compelling, simultaneous. Quinn faces-off with his greatest challenge off the ice when he decides to build his own team with the woman and children he's grown to love. But Dena needs special persuading and patience. Bauer's enduring popularity as a series writer is reinforced by this heartwarming story of two singles who discover love is a better team sport than either could have imagined.

Sandy Huseby writes and reviews from her homes in Fargo, North Dakota, and lakeside in northern Minnesota.

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