Secret government agent Colonel Jack Seward is intent on catching London's notorious and lovely cat burglar, known as Wrexhall's Wraith. He must not only capture the elusive thief, but recover a damaging letter that has been pilfered.

But he must also keep up the pretenses of society and thus he meets the widow Ann Wilder. Though Ann appears a quiet and plain woman, there is something about her that sparks Jack's interest and his erotic dreams alternate between the mysterious outlaw and the quiet widow.

Ann has been able to keep her secret while she climbs through windows stealing priceless gems. Like Robin Hood she only steals from those who refuse to pay their pledge to a home for widows and orphans. Suddenly she can no longer hide as easily when it appears Jack is paying her close attention.

Unknowingly Jack unleashes Ann's temper and as she enters his room intent upon teaching him a lesson she finds herself caught in his sensual spell. Now, she can no longer hide from Jack or her heart.

In a daring move Jack compels Ann to marry him to protect her and to uncover the letter's whereabouts, but in her arms he finds the means to cleanse his soul of the past and she discovers the ability to love beyond reason. Yet his mission and their love collide in a surprising conclusion.

Connie Brockway cements her place among the ranks of the finest romance writers with a deep and emotionally taut story that grabs your interest and never lets go. This keeper plays on your heartstrings and clings to your mind long after the end. VERY SENSUAL (Oct., 400 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin