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.
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)