As Britain falls to the Normans, Baron Varin Montaigu, King William's man, is riding to Thunorslege to secure the castle for his king when he's attacked by outlaws. Lady Eadita of Thunorslege despises the Normans. She stands with her brother and the outlaws to keep them out.

From the moment Varin crashes in on Eadita's bath, he's sure he's seen her somewhere before. Her sharp tongue and obvious hatred fuel his distrust. But as their battle of wills and words escalates, he finds himself attracted to her.

Eadita soon realizes that Varin is a man who matches her in intelligence and wit. When a twist of fate brings her to William, her hatred wavers, and she seeks comfort in Varin's arms. Eadita's inner conflict is nothing compared to the intrigue that surrounds her, as traitors, outlaws and a ruthless enemy unite to threaten the peace.

Fuller presents a classic battle of wills and romance, complete with the prerequisite biting repartee, growing passion, court intrigue, abduction and a few plot twists that will satisfy medieval readers. SENSUAL (Dec., 300 pp., $5.50)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin