The Musketeers' motto "All for one and One for All" takes on new meaning in Kate Silver's swashbuckling adventure novel, when after her twin brother Gerard's death, Sophie Delamanse takes his identity and his place as a Musketeer. Her scheme allows her to spy on Gerard's commanding officer, Comte Lamotte, whom her brother had arranged for her to marry. She can now determine whether Lamotte is a man worthy of her loyalty or love.

The physical swordplay and verbal sparring sizzle and though there is the beginning of an attraction, Sophie vows to keep up the charade, especially when she discovers two other women masquerading as Musketeers (I call them the Three Musketettes).

Through a strange twist of fate, Lamotte discovers Sophie's true identity and as a man of honor proposes to her. She accepts, on the condition that she can remain a Musketeer.

Lamotte, Sophie and her friends swash and buckle their way through 17th-century France with as much excitement, adventure and non-stop action as an old Errol Flynn movie, but with a feminist twist. I look forward to being entertained by the next books in this trilogy from a promising and fresh voice. SENSUAL (Aug., 380 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin