BY KING'S DECREE
A childhood accident leaves Ardith of Lenvil barren and resigned to a solitary life. Baron Gerard of Wilmont has other ideas. He is drawn to Ardith's beauty, spirit and love of children. His proposal is met with refusals from Ardith, her father and the King. Gerard refuses to give up the woman he loves and bargains for her hand.
By King's decree, Gerard and Ardith are betrothed for one year, during which time she must conceive or else Gerard must marry a bride of the King's choosing. As months go by without any luck, Ardith becomes despondent, though showered by Gerard's love. But the pressure mounts. And as if that weren't enough, Ardith is ostracized by society, scorned by her royal rival, poisoned by a traitor and kidnapped by Gerard's nemesis.
Ms. Anton pens a delicious romance full of treachery, greed, revenge and heated passion. Enough to keep any reader up all night! SENSUAL (Feb. 263 pp., $4.99)