Presently unemployed and unattached, software engineer Pepper Marsh allows her cousin C.J. to persuade her to attend a jousting competition at a Renaissance faire.

C.J.'s significant other, Butcher, is competing as part of team Three Dog Knight, which is headed by former world champion jouster Walker McPhail. After he nearly killed a man in competition three years ago, he retired from the ring.

Strolling around the faire in wench garb and trying to hide her ample cleavage, Pepper is suddenly whisked out of a horse's path by the very sexy Walker. She knows she's hit the hunk jackpot; unfortunately, Walker has locked his emotions away. But there's no way Pepper is going to let that stop her. Get ready for all kinds of jousting—both verbal and physical.

MacAlister goes medieval—sort of—in this saucy, sexy and outrageously fun book. Pepper is a hoot and Walker, a gallant, if tarnished, knight. Their scintillating battle of the sexes is hilarious, action packed and touching. (Jan., 368 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith