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.
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)