Lynn Kurland takes a complicated plot with serious overtones and turns it into an exhilarating and amusing adventure romance when a bride who has no desire to marry runs off, leaving her would-be groom happy to remain an unwed warrior.

All would be well except that the runaway bride, Lady Ali, now disguising herself as Sir Henri, is to escort Colin's new betrothed to him. Before she knows it, he takes her under his wing and begins training her. As Colin works with the young knight, he can't stop feelings of attraction from blooming, and he soon suspects that "Henri" hides a dark secret.

Matters become more complicated as a pair of villains plot against them. Leave it to the clever Ms. Kurland, however, to find a way out of the tangled web she weaves that leaves you smiling, satisfied and looking for more from these engaging characters and their delightful friends.

Well-crafted, intelligent, feminist, and a pure delight, FROM THIS MOMENT ON is a fresh, dynamic read to sweep you away from the everyday. SENSUAL (Oct., 400 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin