Taking her cue from the timeless captive/captor themes, Cosby delivers
a standard medieval battle-of-wills romance designed to satisfy those
who enjoy good repartee, the 13th-century backdrop and just enough history and sensuality to keep us satisfied.
But from the instant Alexander sees her, he's compelled by a desire to protect her. Even as she attempts to escape, Nichola yearns for his embrace. Caught in a tangled web of politics, secret identities, the fight for Scotland's freedom and a scheme to free William Wallace, Nichola and Alexander forge a love strong enough to withstand any and all obstacles. (Zebra, Nov., 380 pp., $3.99)