In England, the Empress Matilda and King Stephen are battling for control to the monarchy. Normandy supports the Empress Matilda, while England is divided over both contenders.

Gisele de lAigle, a Norman heiress, is sent by her unloving father to England to find herself a husband, when she becomes the sole survivor of an attack by outlaws.

She is found unconscious by Brys, Baron de Balleroy, and escorted safely to court. Once at court, she captures the attention of a villain, who would like her for her lands as much as her person.

In the meantime, Gisele and Brys find themselves falling in love, although Gisele has sworn shell be the property of no man. However, in order to escape an accusation of murder, she slips into Brys room and bed one night.

Caught and forced to marry, they must make a go of it or have it turn into a typical aristocratic marriage of convenience.

Although the love story between Brys and Gisele is touching, the sometimes implausible plot twists made this romance less satisfactory than it otherwise might have been. SENSUAL (Feb., 350 pp., $4.99) Mi

Reviewed by: 
Michell Phifer