Condemned as a traitor, Lady Christian MacGillean is caged before Carlisle Castle, as warning for those who follow Robert the Bruce.

Returning from exile in France, Sir Gavin Faulkner spies the imprisoned woman and promptly decides to help.

Edward I grants Gavin the dying woman's burnt out castle, Kinglassie, in Scotland, hoping that Gavin will locate a legendary treasure buried there by Merlin himself. He needs the money to finance his campaign against The Bruce.

Edward agrees to release Christian into Gavin's care, telling him to marry her and learn the treasure's hiding place. Loyal to The Bruce, Christian burned her own home and has no idea if the golden treasure exists, but she wears a talisman around her neck that has passed through the women of her line for generations.

Miraculously Christian survives her confinement and is appalled to find she has married one of the enemy. Torn between the growing love that is destined for them and the loyalty they swore to their kings, the two lovers are caught in a web of intrigue and danger.

Ms. King, a visual writer extraordinaire, has blended a mystical and historical tale so precise that the reader will be drawn in and won't ever want to leave. SENSUAL (Apr., 399 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Cyndie Dennis-Greer