With her days as a spy working for British Intelligence over, Catherine Courtnay settles down for a somewhat quiet life. Independent and intelligent, she has her newspaper articles and small circle of friends to keep her occupied.

One dark night, she comes in contact with a face from her past; Marcus Lytton, The Earl of Wrotham. Marcus mistakes her for his missing wife Catalina, but this red-haired, sharp-tongued innocent English girl is nothing like the Spanish seductress he married.

He decides he can use her for his purposes and convinces Catherine to pose as his wife. The deception they practice will throw them into a dangerous game that could kill them both, and causes Catherine to hide not only her secrets, but the love she has for Marcus.

DANGEROUS TO HOLD is a fast-paced, riveting historical intrigue filled with danger and passion that keeps you on the edge of your seat. A sure fire "keeper" from Ms. Thornton. SENSUAL (May, 324 pp., $5.50)

Reviewed by: 
Joan Hammond