As Robert the Bruce battles England's king, another struggle is taking place between the Bruce's spymaster, Sebastian of Cleish, and his enemy's daughter, Lara MacDougall. Their loyalties will be tested as their forbidden love grows.

After the MacDougall castle is taken, the Bruce orders Sebastian to either marry or murder the MacDougall heiress. Though she'd rather die than wed the enemy, Lara knows she can better serve her family alive.

Sebastian can hold her body in his sensual thrall, but he fears that he can never own her heart while their loyalties are divided. How can she surrender her heart when politics and her allegiance to her family strive to keep them at odds?

In this pleasant, quick read, Brisbin takes a familiar story and enlivens it with likable characters and just enough historical detail to satisfy the reader looking to learn more about the era. SENSUAL (Jan., 380 pp., $5.50)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin