This installment in the Torrid Tarot series lives up to its name, with one scorching-hot erotic scene after another, including M/M and group sex. Though the heroine is occasionally less than sympathetic, readers will warm to her spirit, and the emotional attachment between the protagonists is believable, as is their chemistry. A few plot points perhaps strain one's ability to suspend disbelief, and the fact that the story takes place in another world doesn't quite do enough to justify them.

Eight years after lovers Nelina Lannen and Kirel Turion were brutally separated from each other, a prophecy brings them together again. Kirel is one of the king's favored guardians, while Nelina has been selected by the cards to become the new Queen of Aris. She must now face a number of rituals to make her ready for her new duties, and Kirel is forced to choose between his duty to the king, and his love for Nelina. (ELLORA'S CAVE, Apr., 221 pp., $12.99)
Reviewed by: 
Michelle Wiener