LORD OF THE KEEP tells the tale of lovers who must overcome both class and age differences. Gilles dArgent is the 40-year-old lord of the manor. Emma is the young weaver he loves. Unfortunately, Emma was seduced some two years earlier by the castle Lothario, William Belfour, a young man in his early twenties.

Gilles first has to deal with the barrier of their social positions as well as his jealousy and insecurity over the much-younger mans seduction of Emma. Emma, on the other hand, is hampered by the differences in their respective stations as well as by vows she exchanged with William when he bedded her, vows and a child he does not recognize.

Emma wastes a lot of her energy on guilt, first for becoming Williams lover and then for becoming Gilles. Gilles vacillates between fits of jealousy and fears that he is getting old. William is the only character who seems to enjoy himself as a thorough cad.

Altogether, LORD OF THE KEEP is an enjoyable romance of lovers working through their difficulties and a villain getting his comeuppance with a vengeance. SENSUAL (Jan., 350 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Michell Phifer