Simpson has upgraded the gothic to new heights in her series and continues to merge sexual tension, the paranormal and a grand passion within a classic genre. She would make Victoria Holt and Phyllis Whitney proud.

Charlotte von Wolfram comes to England to meet her betrothed, Simeon St. Ange, the Earl of Wesmorlyn, and to find her illegitimate half-sister Fanny's mother. Few know the von Wolfram males are shapeshifting werewolves, and it's imperative that this remains a secret.

But on the night of a ball in her honor, her brother senses another of their kind. He realizes danger is at hand when Lyulph Randell locates Fanny's mother on his property. Rushing there, Charlotte and Fanny are stranded and seek shelter with a Gypsy band. A Gypsy seer warns Charlotte about Simeon; Randell waits for the moment to strike; and tension mounts when Simeon arrives, a Gypsy woman is attacked by a wolf and Simeon is forced to reveal his own secret. (Berkley Sensation, Sep., 336 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin