Avon, Jan 2002, 5.99, 384 pp.
In 1880 while attending a decadent party, Lord Martin Kestrel realizes he loves his daughter's governess, Abigail Perry. He immediately leaves for London to propose marriage. A stunned Abigail says no and vanishes before Martin can persuade her otherwise.
Martin cannot find Abigail until a letter from her great aunt arrives. He visits her relative who sends him to meet Ian and Hannah MacLeod on the Isle of Skye where Martin demands to see Abigail who informs him that she is actually Harriet MacLeod, an English spy assigned to protect his daughter and him. An angry Martin, already filled with mistrust after the infidelity of his deceased wife, calls Harriet a liar before leaving. However, she finds that she needs his services to gain entry to a house where her brother might be held prisoner. He accepts the job only if she agrees to be his mistress during the scenario, making a permanent relationship even less likely between them.
Susan Sizemore is known for her strong historical novels, but her current tale, TOO WICKED TO MARRY, may be the awesome author's best work to date. This exciting Victorian romantic intrigue stars a gender-bending heroine assigned to protect the lead male protagonist and a strong support cast. With a refreshing action-jammed story line for the ensemble to star in, Ms. Sizemore provides one of the best historical tales of the year.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner