His wife is scarcely dead when Sir Edmund Blackwell is summoned by her greedy relatives and asked to relinquish his wife's estates. Edward agrees to marry her cousin, Gwyneth Hall, to keep the property.

Edmund has no idea that Gwyneth is a pawn in her family's hands. Though she should fear him, Gwyneth is fascinated and intrigued by Edmund. And he finds her to be nothing like his wife. As they attempt to build a lasting and loving marriage, they are drawn into their enemy's schemes.

This story mostly uses age-old clichés of enemies who wed, pawns in a villain's game, a heroine who wins over everyone, and a warrior whose strength lies in his capacity to love. Though missing the strong emotions and powerful characters I am used to from Ms. Callen, HIS BRIDE is well written and appealingly told. SENSUAL (Nov., 384 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin