Parisian psychiatrist Dr. Peter Woodward visits a bordello to forget his unfaithful fiance. He is bewitched by a zealous virgin, but-embarrassed by his performance- he flees, only to come face to face a week later with his would-be seductress: his new patient.

Sylvie Revelle is a teenage hellion curious about everything sexual. She blackmails Peter into taking her case and sets out to seduce him. Peter reluctantly agrees and proposes to teach her social skills to survive in the world outside the orphanage where she was raised.

Thus the battle of the sexes commences. But when Peter decides to end the patient-doctor relationship and proposes marriage, he is suddenly faced with a new and timid Sylvie.

To free the woman he loves, Peter must delve into Sylvie's psyche to learn the cause of her nightmares and sudden fears. What he finds is a terrifying secret and the answer to a ten-year-old mystery.

Lolita meets Professor Higgins in this new-style tale that will remind readers of "On a Clear Day" or "Gigi." This is a surprising and strangely darker novel for Ms. Price, who is known for her lively, adventurous romances, but one that will satisfy someone seeking an alternative read. (Mar., 380 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Maria Ferrer