Writing a new chapter on the Arthurian legend, master storyteller Small introduces us to the Pendragon descendants, whose craving for adventure and passion is equal to none.

The stunning beauty of the eldest, illegitimate daughter Averil, ensures that she will make an advantageous marriage. But fate has something else in store for her. A poor bailiff, Rhys FitzHugh, sets out to abduct an heiress and grabs Averil, not realizing she is illegitimate. He finds himself faced with marrying a combative Averil and trying to win her heart.

Maia, the legitimate heiress, wishes to marry Emrys Lynn, a descendant of Lancelot and the Lady of the Lake, even though there are unnerving stories of his previous wives' deaths and his possible immortality. It is Maia's love and faith that can be Emrys' salvation.

Unlike her sisters, the youngest and most spirited daughter, Junia, wanders the countryside, where she secretly meets with her beloved, Richard de Bohun. Little does she realize the danger he represents as the son of her father's enemy—and how her love puts them all in danger.

Three remarkable heroines, three rich romances and three sensual tales to relish fill this novel. Mixing ancient myth, magic and desire, Small gifts readers with passionate tales of extraordinary, empowered women who rule their lives and loves. VERY SENSUAL (Feb., 364 pp., $15.00)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin