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.
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)