This is the start of a series about a band of Templars whose search for the Holy Grail leads them to a cursed cup that turns them into creatures of the night.

For 600 years, Serverian de Fonce, aka Chapel, has pledged to protect the cup. When the dying Prudence Ryland begins searching for the Grail to grant her eternal life, he is sent to make sure she doesn't find it. Chapel never expects to be attracted to the fascinating Prudence, and she has no idea that if she finds the cup, it will be cost her her soul. Yet as Chapel falls deeply in love with Prudence, he is caught between keeping his vow and giving her everlasting life and love.

As Prudence and Chapel wrestle with their love and loyalties, others seeking the secret of the cups, will try to prevent them from uncovering the truth.

Smith's originality shines as she delivers a powerful and emotionally driven romance that feeds into the reader's desire for a dark, sexy hero and a strong-willed heroine caught in a sizzling paranormal love story. You'll be eagerly waiting for the rest of this mesmerizing series. SENSUAL (Jul., 380 pp., $5.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin