As the new Laird of Kinfairlie, Alexander wants to ensure his sisters' futures and see them wed. The eldest, Madeline, refuses, compelling Alex to hold a bride auction for her.

Hardened mercenary and warrior Rhys FitzHenry is in need of a bride and purchasing one at auction appeals. But when the wily Madeline flees, Rhys pursues and woos her with Welsh stories, slowly revealing the secrets of his heart to win her devotion, admiration and passion.

As they journey to his ancestral home to clear his name of treason, they encounter one danger after another, and Madeline sees the kind of man she's married and casts aside her doubts to save Rhys and their love.

As beautiful as a fairy tale—complete with magical creatures—yet overflowing with the history of the era, Delacroix's tale heralds the beginning of a captivating series that places her among the finest medieval romance writers. SENSUAL (Jan., 400 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin