The deep scars on this heroine are both mental and physical, so her journey toward love and trust is a rocky one. Squires' scary and sexy series continues with top-notch storytelling from an author who knows how to turn on the heat.

In 1822 Rome, fake visions become the real thing after thief and tarot card reader Kate does a reading for handsome Gian Urbano. Gian corners her and agrees to pay her for an enormous emerald she has stolen. But someone else is after it and will stop at nothing to get it. Trusting him is risky, especially since Kate senses he's not quite human. But her options are limited -- plus, the stone tells her that it wants to go home to the desert! Can or should they comply? (ST. MARTIN'S, Dec., 322 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith