EARL OF DARKNESS
Rickloff begins a new trilogy that is as dark, brooding and chilling as a gothic novel and as startling as a paranormal tale while still maintaining the deep emotions and sexual tension of a romance. Like a black widow spider, she lures readers into a tangled tale of good and evil, magic and mystery, passion and desire — one that won’t be easily forgotten.
Circumstances have driven Catriona O’Connell to become a thief and agree to steal a diary from Aidan Douglas, Earl of Kilronan. When he catches her and realizes she, like he, is an Other (part-fey) he gives her a choice: translate the text or go to jail.
Though Aidan plans to propose to another, Cat intrigues him. Not only can she read the mystical words, she is courageous, sensual and a thorn in his side. Still he must know what is in the diary and why his father was murdered. As Cat decodes his father’s words, frightening facts are revealed, yet she and Aidan are drawn into a unexpected passion. While dancing around their desires they are stalked by those who want to use the contents of the book for destruction. (POCKET, Jan., 400 pp., $7.99)