In an unprecedented move, Bantam is releasing a two in one volume to introduce readers to a new voice in historical romance, Josie Litton. (Litton is actually a pseudonym, and Bantams press materials hint that the author is a well-known previously published writer.)

Set during the wars between the Saxons and the Vikings, these tales of captives and captors are highly reminiscent of the well-loved battle-of-wills novels that are an intricate part of the romance genres heritage.

In DREAM OF ME, we meet Viking warrior Wolf Hakonson who skillfully maneuvers himself and his men into his enemys castle where he meets the stunning Lady Cymbra. Like any good Viking, he takes her as his captive and brings her home.

Though she appears the ice princess Cymbra is a woman with passionate desires that Wolf awakens. Their love is the basis for a possible peace between their people.

In book two, BELIEVE IN ME, Cymbras brother, Lord Hawk, meets his match in Krysta. In order to overcome the hatred and distrust of decades, Hawk must make his marriage work or destroy the only chance he has of bringing tranquility to his people.

As these couples struggle to overcome their differences and discover the power of love, their lives are threatened by evil.

Theres plenty of action, sizzling sensuality, strong clashes and just the right touch of mystery here to tantalize any reader. Reminiscent of classics such as Kathleen Woodiwisss The Wolf and the Dove, and Johanna Lindseys Until Forever, DREAM OF ME and BELIEVE IN ME are surefire winners. Strong characterizations, rapier-sharp dialogue, colorful historical details and sizzling passion explode within the pages of this dynamic duet. Ms. Litton is on her way to stardom. SENSUAL (Oct., 800 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin