"Highly Recommended Sensual Victorian Paranormal"
Constance Athelson, Viscountess Westbury has both an
obsession and a secret. Her obsession is to be taken
seriously as an Egyptian art cataloger and secure the open
position to catalog the extensive and priceless collection
of the Earl of Lyndham. Masked as the Egyptian goddess
Isis, Constance had heard the Earl would be attending this
evening's Black Widow masquerade ball otherwise, she never
would be attending. Her secret was a visionary gift that
allowed her to both see and communicate with spirits,
including visions of upcoming events.
Lucien Blakemore, Earl of Lyndham couldn't believe his good
fortune, or his intense reaction to the masked goddess that
slipped into the room he was occupying. In a surreal
moment it seemed as if destiny had delivered Isis into his
arms, but the fervor of their passion was real until she
fled into the night without him discovering who she was.
Like a dying man in the desert he knew he could never love
a woman but the sensual eroticism he'd experienced with
this mysterious lady was something he longed to repeat.
Monica Burns has an extraordinary talent in writing sensual
historical tales that will singe you from the top of your
head to the tips of your toes. Not only has she succeeded
in making this story boil over with steamy and beautifully
orchestrated sexual encounters, but she imparts a fabulous
paranormal element and mystery with Constance's gift of
visions and ability to communicate with ghosts.
Lucien is fleshed out as an arrogant and masterful lover
who believes that because of the Blakemore Curse, love is
an impossible and dangerous dream. The frequency of
physical sex as Lucien tries to believe his passion for
Constance is lust rather than love gets increasingly
intense and plays out perfectly along with mystery and
The fast pace, as the plot and mystery thickens surrounding
thirty years of bloody murder and suicides, is supported
and enhanced by a superb cast of secondary characters which
culminated into a surprise ending this reviewer never saw
Bottom line: This is a powerful, sensually driven
historical paranormal that is a testament to Ms. Burns'
gift of keeping her readers spell-bound. Highly
Reviewed by Marilyn Rondeau
Posted July 2, 2008