by Jennifer St. Giles

November 2005
ISBN: 0-7434-8626-2
Reviewer Graphic Button Pocket Books
Mass Market Paperback

In His Dark Desires, widow Juliet Boucheron constantly senses the presence of evil around her and those she loves. A dark shadow seems to be looming about, but she canít make sense of it. The break-ins into her familyís New Orleans mansion, La Belle du Temps, have done nothing but disrupt her home life. She knows the break-ins are all about nothing because despite the rumors that her dead husband hid a large sum of Civil War gold in the house, nothing has ever been found. When the bodies start to fall, Juliet realizes that there is more going on than she previously thought.

It only makes her more suspicious when wealthy, charismatic Stephen Trevelyan becomes a boarder in her house. Juliet knows that a man of Trevelyanís wealth can do much better than staying at her old home which is only a step away from the auction block, and despite her ever growing attraction for him, she canít help but wonder why he suddenly appeared in her life.

Though Stephenís mission is one thing he must hide, he is unable to mask his desire for Juliet. It is a desire so deep that it will cause him to confront his own tortured past and risk his life to save the woman he loves.

Jennifer St. Giles is back in print with her sequel to the highly regarded Mistress of Trevelyan. His Dark Desires gives readers Stephenís tale. Although His Dark Desires lacks the engaging pace of its predecessor, it is still a mesmerizing read. The author cleverly blends mystery and romance with an appealing hint of the paranormal.

The dialogue is strong and powerful and vividly reveals the emotions and frustrations of the leading characters. While Juliet is an attractive and brave heroine, it is Stephen who will steal your heart with his warm, compassionate personality. Even as he fights his own personal demons, he is able to care for others at all costs. Although he is portrayed as dark and mysterious at times, that only adds to his irresistible charm.

Secrets are hard to hide, but St. Giles keeps the mystery alive in this novel until the very end. Readers will be surprised but definitely not disappointed.

Reviewed in October 2005 by Natasha.

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