Though widowed Cassandra St. Ives has vowed never to love again. She has been involved in a spirited correspondence with an Italian, Count Basilio Montevarchi.

Both believe the other to be middle-aged and therefore safe. So when Basilio invites Cassandra to visit his home in Tuscany she gladly accepts.

Though both are astonished to discover the other is far from old, the real surprise, however, is their immediate and heated attraction. Theyre just what each other needed, bringing out the best in one another and rekindling a joy in life they had both forgotten.

But Basilio is engaged and honor-bound to go through with the marriage to an unhappy Analise while a distraught Cassandra returns home. Basilio and Analise come to England where Analise confides to Cassandra that her desire to become a nun has kept her chaste.

How they all extricate themselves from this tangled triangle is what makes NIGHT OF FIRE such a fascinating read. Intelligent, sophisticated and with a high degree of always smoldering sensuality, where youre just waiting for their passion to erupt, this is the take me away book of the season. VERY SENSUAL (Dec., 380 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin