For 13 years, Gunner Rutledge has planned for the day he would kill Lord D? Bussy, the man responsible for his parents? death and the destruction of his home. He finds the ideal pawn in D?Bussy?s daughter, Raina, his ?lamb? to be led to the slaughter.

Raina does not fear the knight competing in her father?s tourney. She is fascinated by the powerful, gallant warrior until he takes her hostage against her father?s life.

Unwilling to surrender to any man, Raina attempts to defy her captor, but soon sees behind his hardened mask to find the wounded boy searching for love and peace. Raina falls in love with the goodness she senses is the real Gunner.

When Gunner sets her free, Raina returns home to face her father and his past deeds. She uncovers someone even more ruthless than her father who would destroy all that love has healed.

Tina St. John?s debut is a tale that sizzles with sexual tension and rapier-sharp repartee; the kind of captive/captor tale readers cherish. The lively pace and lightning-fast dialogue will keep readers wanting more. SENSUAL (July, 390 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin