Malinda Brinlaw exuberantly embraces her faery heritage even as her parents urge caution. She foolishly casts an invisibility spell to spy on her idol Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, and is suspected by the queen of being a witch. Alista and Will Brinlaw remove their daughter from royal intrigue and ask their recently returned childhood friend Tarquin FitzBruel to guard her and their estates while they follow the king into battle.

Conditioned by his mother to believe he's a demon, Tarquin kept away from England until a drug-induced vision shows him an unknown blond temptress needing his help.

Malinda sees Tarquin in her dreams, too. There's a bond between them that she can't explain and will fight to strengthen, even as Tarquin slips away from her love to protect her from his demon.

In this welcome sequel to A Falcon's Heart, Ms. Wylie continues the magical story of the Falconskeep women. Her infusion of fantasy and history is delightfully intriguing, creating a gritty yet charming narrative populated with heart-warming characters. SENSUAL (Sep., 384 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kelly Rae Cooper