In 15th-century Transylvania, an incubus falls in love with Lucia, who's been isolated from men by both physical and magical means. She's betrothed to Vlad of Wallachia, who is allied with her brother against Moldavia.

Curious about relations between men and women, Lucia breaks the magical wards and invites Theron into her dreams. Little does she know that Theron has an ax to grind with her betrothed—and that their first meetings are his revenge for Vlad's broken promises.
The strength of this book lies within its characters and their vivid interactions, not with the plot. While soundly constructed, the flimsy premise isn't quite strong enough to sustain an entire novel. But Theron and Lucia's passion is more than sufficient to capture readers' interest.

With humor in the most serious of situations—a plummeting privy comes to mind—this is, at times, a compelling tale of a demon falling in love with a mortal woman with an intriguing conclusion. (Oct., 384 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Natalie A. Luhrs