In order to protect Lady Iliana Wildwood from her evil stepfather, the king arranges her marriage to the reluctant Duncan Dunbar of Dunbar Castle, whose father is only interested in the dowry she brings.
Iliana arrives to find Duncan drunk and the castle filthy. She has her work cut out for her, refusing to consummate the marriage until Duncan has bathed. Being a stubborn Scot, he refuses (he only bathes in July and January).
What ensues is a battle of wills, especially when Duncan discovers Ilianas chastity belt. Yet the attraction grows along with the odors. Even her mothers arrival and his fathers intervention cannot get them to bed.
When Iliana is injured, Duncan finally comes to his senses and bathes. But trouble begins anew. Treachery is around every corner, and fires in the keep, attacks, betrayals and false messages complicate their lives.
Through all these disasters, Iliana comes into her own as the savior of Castle Dunbar and their love is renewed as Duncan and Iliana each pass the test of true love. SENSUAL (Feb., 313 pp., $5.99)