WHISPERS OF THE FLESH
Burton's third book in the Hidden Grotto series offers two sexually charged tales of mortals and immortals. At the beginning, readers new to the series will be lost, and what follows is a weak story with little plot and minimal heat. The second tale is hot, hot, hot, and has a strong narrative with a mini-mystery, rekindled passions and an impending death, despite its confusing time shifts and point-of-view hopping.
Time shifts to the present day in "Satisfaction," when the daughter of the chateau's dying administrator returns to be with her father in his final days. Her father's friend also is on hand and recalls his days at the hedonistic valley in 1972. His past actions are at the root of a mystery that will lead to a wedding and a miracle. Meanwhile, the ever-lustful immortals cavort through a human cast of characters, exploring a range of sexual taboos. (Bantam, Oct., 320 pp., $13.00)