When Baron Guy of Montague rides into Lonsdale castle, he plans to claim the keep, but not through marriage. He is stunned to find himself betrothed to the lovely Lady Claudia Chiavari, niece of the nefarious Baron Lonsdale.

Innocent, beautiful Claudia doesn't know that she's her uncle's pawn in his scheme to ruin Guy. For the past five years Claudia has been a virtual prisoner, forced from her sunny Italy to England's cold shores and her uncle's even colder household. Believing Claudia betrayed him and lured him into a false betrothal, Guy exacts his revenge by taking her captive when he escapes.

Claudia trusts no one, yet vows to prove that she's not part of the scheme when she helps Guy escape. Riding with Guy to his stronghold, Claudia discovers many surprises, not the least of which is the passion Guy ignites within her. As Claudia and Guy develop a sensual, fragile relationship, others plot their downfall, compelling them to risk much for their love.

With escalating sexual tension, exciting adventures and a memorable cast of characters, THE BETROTHED is an enthralling, engrossing read from the amazingly talented Elizabeth Elliott. SENSUAL (Oct., 344 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin