Mercy Pennington spends her days stocking second-hand books at Pennington’s Second Chance. Her business keeps her too busy for travel or a social life, but when she advertises a rare book she is plunged into a world of danger and desire.
Croft Falconer’s career revolves around violence — the beautifully controlled violence of the martial arts. He knows that Valley of Secret Jewels — a book of 18th century erotica — is linked to a dark secret. He has long believed that it was destroyed in a fire. How could it have fallen into the hands of a small town book dealer? Aware that Mercy is in more trouble than she can possibly know, he tracks her down.
Mercy is soon swept up in a passionate, reckless affair. Croft may be the most dangerous man she has ever known — or the lover of her dreams. But the secrets he is hiding could get them both killed before she discovers the truth.
Originally published November 1987 and reissued August 1992 by Warner Books.