Now that he and his twin brother Lubanach "the Wily" have forged their empire, Hector "the Ferocious" visits a neighboring isle and encounters Mariota Macleod, the woman of his dreams.

Mariota’s father believes his eldest daughter, Lady Cristina, must marry first and schemes to make Cristina Hector's bride. Cristina follows her father's orders and calms Hector’s wrath when he discovers he’s married the "wrong sister."

Cristina strives to gain Hector's respect, even as Mariota comes to visit. Once Hector sees Mariota as the flighty, selfish girl she is, he realizes the prize he has in Cristina, but will it be too late to claim her heart?

Scott pits her strong characters against one another and fate. She delves into their motivations, bringing insight into them, and the thrilling era in which they live, and proving herself a true mistress of the Scottish romance. SENSUAL (May, 380 pp., $6.50)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin