Lauded for her "quietly chilling sense of suspense,"* Lydia Joyce delves into the shadows of Victorian England and beyond as a newly wed couple tests the limits of their loves...and of their hidden language.

Fern and Colin Radcliffe had a conventional courtship and expected a conventional marriage.  But Fern's wedding night leaves her shaken — and reborn.  Driven by a desire to control her own destiny, she strikes out at her new husband in a passionate assertion of independence.  In doing so, she awakens a secret craving in the recently bound couple — an exquisite erotic delight that ignites their love and creates an insatiable hunger for more.

To encourage this new, forbidden love, they spend their honeymoon alone at Colin's isolated estate — the perfect setting to explore a world of pain, pleasure, and power.  But their exploration is interrupted by a devastating secret from Colin's past — a secret that threatens their future together...and their very lives.

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"A deliciously dark, superbly written tale of love, honor, and redemption." — *Booklist

"A fascinating story... wonderful storyteller." — Romance Reviews Today

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