This first book in a new trilogy centers on the McCarrick brothers, whose desires and deadly family curse place them in danger when they love.

While fighting for ruthless Count Pascal, mercenary Courtland McCarrick sides with the people of the small principality of Andorra. The count orders his death, but Court escapes.

Annalía Tristan Llorente hates Pascal but must marry him or her brother will die. When she finds Court near death and brings him home to heal, she unleashes his passion and a plan to destroy Pascal.

Court will not allow Annalía to sacrifice herself. He holds her captive until he can find a way to save her kingdom and comes to adore her fierce loyalty, flashing temper and fiery passion. Though he is cursed never to know love, Court is enchanted by Annalía and vows to overthrow Pascal before the curse can destroy them.

Filled with heated passion and wonderful repartee from one of romance's fastest-rising stars, this novel is a treat. A delicious tale by a strong, vibrant voice. SENSUAL (May, 380 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin