After four failed London seasons, wealthy tradesman's daughter Alcyone Carter travels across Europe to marry a man she has never seen. On her wedding night, she discovers her groom is not who she thought he was.

Count Dumitru Constantinescu is desperate for Alcyone's dowry to keep his home and people alive. He "steals" her from another and marries her before she can discover his perfidy. But he is fascinated by her intelligence, captivated by her beauty and delighted by her sensuality.

At first angry at Dumitru's lie, Alcyone is enveloped in his sensual spell and falls deeply in love. But when she uncovers his other secrets, she flees his estate.

The proud and indignant count follows her into the forests and to Istanbul, where his ancient enemy awaits.

Tantalizing, spellbinding, sizzling and captivating, this novel lures readers into its depths, making them never want to leave. Joyce hones her skills as an erotic romance author of the finest caliber in a tale as dark and seductive as rich, decadent chocolate. VERY SENSUAL (Jul., 380 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin