Union secret agent Ryder Drake has reason to never trust another woman with his heart. However, to stop a Confederate plan to assassinate Queen Victoria, he must allow Lady Eva Sparrow into his life.

While visiting Natchez, Lady Eva is appalled at the idea of slavery and drawn into a plan seeking British support for the North. Though the arrogant Ryder annoys her, she realizes that her connections to high-ranking members of the English government make her the perfect partner to carry out his mission.

With an interesting premise focusing on Britain's role in our Civil War, this novel will fascinate American history fans. However, readers should be aware that despite moments of high tension, the pacing is often slow. Also, expect the plot and history to take center stage, not the characters or romance. SWEET (Aug., 320 pp., $6.50)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin