Kleypas' strongly emotional story presents an inside look at what can happen when love turns out to be the desire for complete control. The heroine's struggle to become her own person and accept that what happened to her is not her fault is well done. A few scenes may be disturbing for some readers.

Haven Travis' chance encounter with and subsequent kiss from Hardy Cates in the wine cellar at her brother's wedding isn't enough to derail her plans to marry Nick. Her marriage, however, is far from what she imagined. Nick changes from a loving husband to a complete narcissist, and his rape of her and the physical abuse that follows finally convince her to leave him.

Returning home is hard, especially since only her brother and his wife know of her abuse. Hardy knows something is wrong and is determined to find out what and protect Haven -- and Nick's return just may give him his chance. (St. Martin's, Mar., 384 pp., $19.95)
Reviewed by: 
Susan Mobley