In great demand by the ton for her talents as a fortuneteller, Alexandra Larchmont is startled to see the tall green-eyed, dark-haired man at the soiree.

He is Colin Oliver, Viscount Sutton, and four years ago Alexandra tried to steal his watch. If he recognizes her, she can lose her livelihood and her hard won respectability.

Colin remembers her, she's been in his thoughts these many years. Alexandra piques his interest and, though he is skeptical of her fortunetelling talents, he avails himself of a reading.

Her reading is a bit unsettling. It tells of danger, a dark-haired woman, deceit and death. The cards only enforce Colin's feelings of doom and his own dreams of his imminent demise.

While working together to foil a plot to kill Colin's friend, he and Alexandra become lovers. While she knows that their liaison will have to end, her cards tell a chilling story that is similar to that of Colins, only added to that is betrayal. Is the plot aimed at Colin? Is she the dark-haired woman and will she be Colin's savior or his death?

D'Alessandro's talent for mixing bits of humor, intrigue, psychic phenomenon and a sizzling sensuality and making it all work is not only an entertaining read but a delicious one as well. (Aug., 384 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Joan Hammond