During the height of the Civil War, Southerner Lily Redford witnesses the senseless death of her father by Union soldiers. She and her beloved brother travel to safety in England, but Lily vows revenge.

Leaving the safe haven of London, Lily returns as Captain of the Chameleon, a blockade runner from Nassau. She disguises herself by pretending to be Captain Sherwood's mistress, though the man does not exist.

Lt. Quintin Taylor, a Union soldier wounded in battle, is now acting as a spy to capture blockade runners like the Chameleon's mysterious Captain Sherwood.

When the two meet Quintin is on a mission. Lily pretends to be a simpering Southern belle, but the attraction between them is nothing short of explosive. However, their mutual desire becomes a deadly game as they hide secrets from one another, even after they marry.

When, ultimately, the Chameleon is captured, Lily must reveal the truth, no matter the cost.

IN ENEMY HANDS is a sensual story of two people at odds with themselves and the causes they purport to follow. However, Ms. Winstead plays with the reader. Lily and Quintin are bound together too many times where it seems like a contrived game for two people who should have more love and respect for one another. SENSUAL (May, 400 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Cyndie Dennis-Greer