Darius of Faucon dreams of Marguerite, his lost love, and welcomes the distraction of an assignment for King Charles. He must secure Thornson Keep and protect the newly widowed Lady of Thornson.

The surprise of his life awaits him. Thornson's widow is none other than Marguerite, and her main concern is hiding her son from Darius. She also feels a strong need to remain true to her former husband, who did not count himself a loyal servant to King Charles.

Smugglers, the hint of treason and the secret baby theme make for high drama. This is a refreshing medieval that has a widowed heroine who enters an arranged marriage to avoid unwed motherhood, but lovingly remembers her husband until her true love comes back into her life. SENSUAL (Jul., 295 pp., $5.50)
Reviewed by: 
Gerry Benninger