Reena Thomas has grown up hearing about legends of a warrior who is destined to save her people from their enemy. When her village is threatened by the ruthless Peter Kilkern, Earl of Culberry, she sets out to find the warrior. She finds him with surprising ease and gains his support by bartering her skills as a mapmaker for his pledge to defend the village.

Mangus is enchanted by the daring beauty who pleads her people's case. Though Reena tries to thrust other women in his path, it is her he wants. It is not just for love and his legendary powers that he goes to fight Kilkern, however, but for his private revenge. Mangus carries deep wounds and a dark secret that can only be eased by vengeance or love.

Fletcher splendidly combines a lush backdrop with a highly romantic story, adding touches of humor and tender sensuality. SENSUAL (Mar., 384 pp., $5.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin