Upon her husband's death, Constance of Loux is in danger of being forced into her overlord Sir Roger Foliot's bed. Unwilling to be his slave, Constance disguises herself as a lad and flees.
Constance, known as Corliss, finds protection with Oxford scholar and priest Rainulf Fairfax. Though Rainulf loves his teaching, he is not cut out to be a man of the cloth and has found a way to be released from his vows when he take Corliss into his home.
Rainulf had met the lovely woman known as Constance before, and when he discovers her identity he will allow no man, even the ruthless Sir Roger, to take her from him. For Constance can make his blood burn with passion's fire. The forbidden love grows into a devotion so powerful Rainulf will risk everything to make her his own.
However, Sir Roger has sent his most feared henchmen to find Constance and the cost of their love may come at a very high price.
Drawing on the drama and passion of the 12th century, Patricia Ryan once again writes a lushly-detailed, richly- colorful and authentic medieval romance that will enthrall fans of the genre. SENSUAL (Oct., 3352 pp., $5.99)