Ill-tempered Nicholas de Laci returns from the Crusades angry that his rival has been killed by another.

With no recourse for his revenge, the brooding knight gets his opportunity when he is ordered to marry Gillian Rexham, niece of his enemy.

Gillian, though raised in a convent, is no novice and her spirit and capacity to love endear her to all, except, at first, Nicholas. But Darius, a Syrian friend of Nicholas, eventually goads the knight to reveal his true feelings.

MAIDEN BRIDE is a sensuous, predictable story of two people who find that passion is their common interest. This fast-paced novel is a relaxing read, although Nicholas, acting like a spoiled child, takes a bit long to come around. SENSUAL (Sept., 350 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Cyndie Dennis-Greer