From the first page, Leigh sets her pen on “scorch” and explores ménage and dark, forbidden desires. When the story moves from the bedroom, however, the very convoluted plot and family relationships may dampen readers’ enthusiasm.
Paige Galbraithe has been fascinated by the sexual arousal she feels every time Abram Mustafa looks at her. He has been twice widowed because of his crazy father and fears for any woman he may love. Then his father kidnaps Paige, and Abram plans for their escape. Paige is sure that Abram will finally declare his love but it takes another attempt on their lives and a spy with a surprising identity to allow Abram to feel that Paige will be safe in his bed and his life. (ST. MARTIN’S GRIFFIN, Jul., 320 pp., $14.99)