When eight-year-old Isabeau de Lyon runs off to watch the Childrens Crusade pass by, she is caught up in the crowd and swept away. Sixteen-year-old Jared de Navarre vows to bring her home. His search lasts years and leads him to the Middle East where he becomes the fierce mercenary known as the Black Lion.

Isabeau has been taken and sold into slavery. She survives the life she is forced to lead, eventually escaping the harem and claiming a new identity, that of the feared assassin called Shadow Hunter.

Black Lions reputation for taking chances makes him ideal for Isabeaus plot to steal a jewel from her nemesis. When she discovers that the mercenary is none other than her childhood protector, neither can guess what will happen as they meet as man and woman in this passionate game.

Hillary Fields takes her place as a true queen of romantic adventure. Readers will be transported to the desert and drawn into the wonderful web of intrigue. In this seductive tale, Ms. Fields creates vivid descriptions and vibrant characters that will keep you engrossed from beginning to end. SENSUAL (Dec., 432 pp., $6.50)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin