The handmaidens of the Order of Solace are trained to fulfill the desires of the body as well as the needs of the soul. Annalise Marony’s upcoming marriage to Jacquin Kirkol is an arrangement and not a union of passion.
Annalise catches him in a compromising position and tells him she cannot marry him. She becomes a novitiate in the faith so she’ll never have to marry. Cassian, a teacher of the faith, tests her dedication. Annalise teases him unmercifully as they play the parts of master and student. Will their secrets tear them apart or bind them together forever? (BERKLEY SENSATION, Oct., 320 pp., $15.00)