Lady Talia has managed to escape marriage six times. After another siege on her castle, Lady Talia finds herself the ward of the new Lord of the Keep, Alexander de Monteneau.

Tired of the war, her concern is for the safety of her people and she vows never to marry this new guardian. But as Alex slowly erodes her defenses, she finds herself falling in love with him.

Though she is a temptation, Alex plans to find a more convenient, wealthy heiress with a large castle to marry. This will erase the stigma of his illegitimacy. He must also find a suitable husband for Talia, but the thought of doing so eats at his conscience. Is there a way he can have his dream and Talia?

Though Ms. Needham pulls on your heartstrings with Talia's emotions and determination, this reviewer never really felt she was in the medieval period or became involved with the characters. THE BRIDE BED is a pleasant though not memorable read. SENSUAL (Oct., 380 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Joan Hammond