Two wounded souls come together in a well-written story showcasing love's healing power. Monroe reaches deep down to pull out all the stops exploring her well-crafted characters' fears and desires. Though the gothic mystery touches come as no surprise, the
skillful manner in which she manipulates your emotions makes this a
read to remember.

Against his better judgment, Jared, Viscount Ravenswood, follows his housekeeper Mary's deathbed request and brings her young daughter to Calantha, the Duchess of Clairborne. Jared may be known as "the Beast, " but he sees Calantha as more of a monster then he; after all, she married the man who raped Mary.

After surviving her brutal marriage Calantha lives as a recluse with her roses for company. However, when she comes to Jared's aid at a ball, she unwittingly opens the door to her heart. Jared is intent upon solving the puzzle that is Cali. Neither realizes that by sharing Mary's daughter's love, they will find a love strong enough to bury the pain of the past. (Berkley Sensation, Oct., 400 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin