TO HAVE AND TO HOLD
Solange DuPree has a rewarding career and is engaged to a man who worships her. Finding out that she's able to become pregnant, when she thought she couldn't, is just the icing on the cake. Rupert Giles is eager to start a life with his beautiful fiancée. Yet when the former operative is approached by old friends and asked to handle one last case, he can't say no. Even though it could mean losing Solange's trust, he accepts the assignment and gets more than he bargained for.
Despite some minor gaffes, Sims' novel leaves readers in a state of suspense, with a substantial, compelling and thoroughly researched plot. Some complaints: The heroine's rationale for no longer trusting the hero seems inconsistent with her strong-willed nature, and Solange's interaction with her adoptive daughter seldom surfaces, a strange choice considering how pertinent the relationship is to the rest of the story. But fans of this novel's predecessor, For Your Love, will be happily reunited with Solange and Rupert. (Apr., 303 pp., $6.99)