Renowned for her steamy romances that merge mystery and heated sensuality, Joyce explores the realms where passion meets pain, during an era where this type of sexual activity was taboo. Though not as fast paced as her other novels or as chilling, the suspense comes from the internal conflict of newlyweds exploring sexuality and secret longing.

Colin and Fern Radcliffe expect their marriage to conform to the ideals of Victorian society, but on their wedding night their experiences surprise them both.

Fern's boldness titillates Colin, and he decides they should spend their honeymoon on a distant estate. He secretly hopes, far away from society, they can give free rein to their newly awakened passion. But mentally both feel insecure about their desires, and repression rears its head time and again. Their desires are strong, however, and their investigation of their deepest needs overpowers everything -- everything but a secret danger that threatens their lives. (Signet Eclipse, Mar., 304 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin