In Chicago, research chemist Sophie Alexander desperately seeks to find the cure for the cancer that is killing her beloved ward, Kara. Sophie, who works for a cosmetics firm, knows she is one ingredient away from a youth elixir that will work wonders for her cherished Kara and make people younger. However, the clock ticks, as Kara does not have much long to live so a few drinks later a desperate Sophie conjures up the Devil. The deal they make is her soul for the ingredient. The Devil returns to his abode and assigns incubus Cain the Slayer to the case.
Cain comes to Sophie in her dreams, but is under strict orders not to touch her. He soon knows what love is all about after over a millennium of not caring when he realizes that his victim willingly sacrificed everything for a child not even of her womb. Cain falls in love with Sophie and wants to help her fully knowing the cost of betraying his employer is eternal loneliness in the deepest pits of Hell.
Fans of paranormal romances filled with angels, incubi, and demons will relish A STRANGER'S DESIRE. The story line is fast-paced and at a superior level when it concentrates on either Kara's health or the weird lead couple relationship. Acceptance of a scientist doing an incantation seems a stretch, even as desperate as Sophie was while a taut subplot focused on industrial espionage but feels mundane when compared with the wild paranormal elements that make Kimberly Raye's novel into a unique engaging read.
I loved reading this book. It is a little different than other books in that it has an incubus but with a conscience. This is a great read and hard to put down once you start.