Not only does O'Neal write a sexually charged novel, she creates a smart, sexy, riveting story with a powerful, intelligent, surprising plot and strong characters. You'll want to read it more than once.

To the world Jules Habsburg has a privileged, fairy-tale life, but married to the cruel robber baron Dominic DeRohan, she's living a nightmare. After he shoots her lover, Jules flees to the Cote d'Azur and lives among the artists, writers and expatriates who flock to the bohemian paradise.

One night the infamous cat burglar known as the Panther climbs through her window. Jules realizes he's the man who can dispose of her husband, but he's no killer -- unless she gives him something in return. The Panther will settle for nothing less than her body and soul. They begin an affair, and Jules begins to desire the Panther far more than is wise -- for he holds a secret that could shatter her world. (Brava, Jul., 380 pp., $14.00)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin