DANGEROUS TO LOVE
Bluestocking spinster Lucy Drysdale gladly accepts Lady Wescott's offer to come to London and chaperone her god-daughter, Lady Valerie. This will give her the opportunity to attend lectures and escape the confines of the country and the demands of her family.
Lucy doesn't know that Lady Wescott plans to throw her in front of her rakehell grandson, Ivan Thornton, known as the gypsy Earl, and London's notorious "love 'em and leave 'em" rogue.
Since the day he was torn from his mother's arms and sent to a harsh school for illegitimate sons of the nobility, Ivan despised his grandmother and society. Taking his place among them is perfect for his vengeance, but the outspoken, scholarly, yet passionate Lucy throws him off guard.
Their game of cat and mouse pleases Lady Wescott, confuses his friends and exhilarates Ivan, but when circumstances force his hand and he offers to marry Lucy, a whole new game ensues, for Ivan does not know that love has crept into his heart. Tragedy, loss and pain help him understand his wounded soul and Lucy's ability to heal him.
Rexanne Becnel has composed a beautiful symphony, an ode to unconditional love that will more than satisfy any reader. Her understanding of the human heart, use of child psychology and unique prose turn DANGEROUS TO LOVE into something extra- special, but it is her three-dimensional characters and their passions that truly hold the reader spellbound. A "keeper" to be cherished. SENSUAL (Nov., 400 pp., $6.50)