Gone are the devious King John and France's Philip Augustus and the knights who choose loyalty over their lives. With the boy-king Henry on the throne in England and a young Prince Louis threatening invasion, a new generation of Machiavellian men rule.

Adam Quintin is a trusted knight called to prove his fealty as a mercenary at Ravenswood, where rebellion threatens all of England. The powerful and ambitious Bishop Gravant, steward of Ravenswood, purports to hold a tournament to determine which man is most worthy to marry his charge, England's greatest heiress. But the festivities mask his plans of rebellion.

Heiress Joan Swan is too busy protecting the man she calls father to pay any mind. When Joan manages to save Adam's life, she asks for his help to defeat those who would destroy her. As they form a close alliance, Adam must trust her with his true identity.

Ms. Lawrence once again exceeds expectations to deliver a story rich in detail and character. This is a deliciously seductive tale of betrayal and power, lust and salvation, with a finely honed plot that will keep you up way past your bedtime! SENSUAL (Jan., 368 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Anne Black