Since her entire family perished in a fire, Lady Rosalind of Beaumont runs the estate. But as she spies the Scot warrior Malcolm McNair outside the keep, she wishes her betrothed would return from King Edward's court.

Malcolm vows that Beaumont will be taken in Robert the Bruce's name and that the proud, beautiful lady on the ramparts will be his as well. The barbarian might hold her keep, imprison her in the dungeon, even wed her, but Rosalind swears he will never break her spirit.

Malcolm quickly realizes he needs Rosalind's help not only to manage the estate but to cool the fire she ignites in his heart. He is determined to woo and win the lady to trust him enough to give him her heart.

With its classic battle of wills plot, fiery repartee and feisty heroine, Rock's book is a comfortable, pleasant, quick medieval romance with which to wile away an afternoon. SENSUAL (Sep., 300 pp., $5.50)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin