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by Lydia Joyce

Genre: Historical Romance
Setting: 1866 England

2008 Historical Romantic Mystery / Gothic Nominee

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Joyce brilliantly wraps readers in a world of dark sensuality, mystery and intense emotions as her psychologically scarred characters' attraction to one another leads to a love never thought possible. Readers who adore their angst enveloped in heated passion will be sated.

Emmeline Dunn assumes the persona of the spiritualist Esmeralda to exact revenge against her father's second family. Her "gift" draws the mother of Thomas Hyde, Viscount Varcourt, to her. Fragile since her son's death, Lady Hyde hopes that Esmeralda can talk to her son.

Since the loss of his brother, Hyde has become cold and calculating, pushing aside the whispers that he killed his sibling. He trusts no one and is intent upon exposing Esmeralda as a charlatan. With each meeting, passions flare, first in anger, then in desire and finally in erotic confrontation in bed. Their love/hate relationship draws them together, and they discover that their pasts have collided and are entangled in a web of treachery neither could have suspected. (Signet Eclipse, Dec., 304 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed By: Kathe Robin

Publisher: Signet Eclipse

Published: December 2008

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