Avon, Dec 2001, 5.99, 384 pp.
In 1586 London, most people misunderstand Sir Adrian Thorne's gift, which he considers a curse. Adrian can touch a person to see inside their soul and know all about them. This genetic monster led to his mother's suicide, a common ending for Adrian's ancestors.
Now Adrian has been taken to Bedlam, as befitting a lunatic. At Bedlam, he meets Lady Claire Darren, who surprisingly understands his torment. Instead of writing Adrian off as a madman, she enlists his help in exposing traitors to Queen Elizabeth. However, in spite of his unique sense of touch, Claire feels the attraction between them as much as Adrian does. Still, their quest is so perilous that their growing love seems destined for a very short relationship.
Though romance between the lead protagonists strongly supports the tale, the heart of this tale turns it more into a historical novel than a romance. The exciting story line is filled with suspense and non-stop action that takes place predominately in the gritty underbelly of sixteenth century England. Readers touching this book's pages will know that the lead couple is an intrepid pair suffering from problems as well as vile enemies, who seem lacking in comparison. Fans of Elizabethan era stories will Taylor their next book-chase to obtain the author's previous novel HEART OF DECEPTION.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner