Shannon Drake begins a fabulous new series (originally a Top Pick) set in Scotland that traces the Grahams remarkable history alongside Scotlands struggle for freedom. Ms. Drake weaves a spell over readers from the first page and holds them enthralled to the very end.

Young Waryk, Laird Lions fierce battle skills and fearlessness bring him to the Scottish King Davids attention. He becomes one of Davids most trusted and powerful knights. When an old Viking and a friend of Davids dies it is the kings plan to wed the Vikings daughter to Waryk.

As bold, daring and courageous as her ancestors, Mellyora refuses to obey the kings command and wed an old, decrepit Norman. She vows to escape and maintain her freedom and control her land.

Unbeknownst to both Mellyora and Waryk, a chance meeting along a forest stream sets the stage for their tempestuous relationship when Waryk attempts to delay Mellyora. It is a pattern that will continue for years to come.

Mellyora is a rare, headstrong beauty made famous in song; a prize that others, like the vengeful Ulric want to snatch away.

Like a pawn in a chess game, Mellyora is caught between the king, Ulric and Waryk, yet as a woman of courage and intelligence shell fight for her freedom as hard or harder than the men who seek to control her. The battle of wills is set against the backdrop of Scotlands fight for freedom.

Shannon Drake builds the sexual tension up to explosive proportions. Yet, aside from an unforgettable love story, readers are treated to a marvelous and accurate historical novel brimming over with details of 12th-century Scottish history. COME THE MORNING is what the very best in historical romance is all about. Bravo Ms. Drake for deftly crafting another keeper. SENSUAL (On-sale Feb., 378 pp., $6.99—Hardcover published April 1999)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin