In an attempt to prevent her mother from gambling away their meager funds, Elinor Harrington goes to a party hosted by Viscount Francis Rohan. As the “heavenly host” and chief provocateur, Rohan provides his guests with opportunities to indulge in every level of vice. Innocents like Elinor have no place in his inferno. Rohan is shocked by his immediate physical reaction to Elinor and decides to toy with the naïve “poppet.” But his game backfires when he is the one caught in her sweet web.
Elinor doesn’t know what to make of the overtly sensual, magnetic Rohan who offers her pleasure and protection. When she’s suddenly the target of unexplained accidents, he begins searching his soul — yes, he has one — to uncover his true desire. (MIRA, Aug., 420 pp., $7.99)