Count Rhys of Faucon, rumored to have murdered his young wife and infant son, now stands legally accused of another murder. He's given one month to prove his innocence but must cope with being captured by Lady Lyonnesse, the vengeful fiancée of the victim.

Lyonesse has been urged to kill Rhys by her dead fiancé's captain but finds murder impossible, even to save her independence. She and the count are soon united in battling a common enemy.

For the rest of the novel, Rhys's demonic reputation wars with reality, and her attraction to him wars with her fear, until both open their hearts to new love. Though Denise Lynn's medieval romance is not innovative, it is well-written and enjoyable. SENSUAL (Apr., 304 pp., $5.25)

Reviewed by: 
Gerry Benninger