True Enchanter by Susan Napier ~ Harlequin Presents # 1051 - February 1988
The Marlows - Book # 2
Since his auto accident, Richard Marlow no longer played the sexy leading man in front of the camera. He was now the demanding and tremendously inspired director behind it and he had several hugely successful films to his credit. High school special ed teacher, Joanna Carson, had a talent for inspiring delinquent teenagers, and part of that was through coaching in the drama department. Richard's next female lead is seventeen-year-old Becky, who happens to be Joanna's niece, and it's fallen to Joanna to be Becky's on location tutor and chaperone. From the first moment their eyes met, Richard and Joanna had a connection. Richard has finally found a woman who isn't star struck and who doesn't hesitate to let him know she disapproves of him. Joanna finds Richard's attentions confusing, is he just playing with her to discourage Becky's obvious crush.
Since his accident, Richard's life had become more serious and he'd buried the fun loving prankster. Joanna makes him want to have fun again and he knows he has to keep her in his life. Though Joanna admires the filmmaker that Richard is, it's the private man that she's come to love and want to be with. But the huge difference in their lifestyles terrifies Joanna and she pushes Richard away. So it takes a desperate Richard to win her over! And wow does he ever! It was fun watching the irreverent playboy we were introduced to in "Love in the Valley" meet his match!