"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 ghostly encounters.

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 coming.

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 Recommended Reading!

Reviewed by Marilyn Rondeau
Posted July 2, 2008


Behind the mask lies love-a dangerous and deadly emotion.

Constance Athelson, Viscountess Westbury has a gift she canít reveal. She sees things others canít, including the dead. The only thing she canít see is into the heart of Lucien Blakemore, Earl of Lyndham. After one blissful night in his arms, she knows if sheís ever to win his heart, she must free him from his tortured past.

Lucien Blakemore met the Egyptian goddess Isis at a masked ball, but she vanished into the night before he could learn her real name. Itís just as well, since the Blakemore Curse makes love a dangerous and deadly emotion for him. But the erotic night he spent with his mysterious lover makes him want to throw caution aside-if only for one more night with his masked goddess.


Warning: this title contains the following: explicit sex with a hero whose torment equals that of Jane Eyreís Mr. Rochester.

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by Monica Burns

Samhain Publishing
March 1, 2008
Available: March 4, 2008
ISBN #1599988828
EAN #9781599988825
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