Second in the series that began with To Love and Cherish, TO HAVE AND TO HOLD sweeps readers back to the small Devon village of Lynton and into the lives of Sebastian Verlaine, Viscount D'Aubrey, and the widow Rachel Wade.

After suffering ten years in prison for the murder of her brutal husband, Rachel Wade is set free, but with no funds and nowhere to go she finds herself standing before Lynton's magistrate. Forced to choose between jail and "freedom" she accepts Sebastian's offer of a job as his housekeeper.

Sebastian is fascinated with Rachel and becomes obsessed with seducing the straight-laced beauty. He pursues her, bringing her to his bed and then into his heart, until the ghosts of Rachel's past return to destroy their future.

To HAVE AND TO HOLD begins with a bond based on desire. Sebastian's single-minded, often ruthless and sometimes cruel pursuit of Rachel (albeit for her pleasure and his) may disturb readers who prefer a gentler more gallant hero. Still, Patricia Gaffney writes with power and passion, of a love that grows from the ashes of the past. VERY SENSUAL (Sept., 378 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin