After 10 years on the run, Mary is finally caught by her family's murderer and imprisoned by him. Decimus charged her parents as heretics, and now he means to torture and kill her.
But she is rescued by "The Dark One," a mysterious man who hides beneath a heavy cloak. In all the years Michael has been saving innocent people, none has touched him as Mary has. Michael is reminded that he's human and a lonely man. But he cannot have love until his private war against the church is over.
Despite the author's ability to paint a vivid picture of medieval life and the appearance of the legendary warrior Magnus, the characters aren't realistic: When danger is close, Mary is able to fall asleep easily, and when Michael's secret is revealed, she has no problem accepting his grave deception. As for Michael, the dual life he's led for over a decade comes to a too-easy end before the couple is allowed their happy ending. SENSUAL (Nov., 384 pp., $5.99)