The first book in Moore's new medieval series, set during the reign of King John, is filled with fast-paced dialogue and historical details that add depth and authenticity to the story. Readers will be well entertained by the honorable knight and his turbulent relationship with the feisty feminist heroine and their frantic search for treacherous conspirators.

Lord Armand returns to England after being released from a French dungeon while trying to safeguard King John's lands in Normandy. He comes to court to ask for help raising the ransom for his imprisoned brother. The King is less than generous, so Armand must seek a rich wife. Soon Lady Adelaide, John's ward, captures his attention.

The beautiful, courageous and sharp-tongued Adelaide is equally intrigued by the handsome knight, but she's determined to avoid romantic entanglements. She refuses to marry or to give in to the lecherous attention of the King's courtiers. Yet, though the lady is hard to get, she and Armand keep landing in compromising situations, which lead to a speedy engagement. And when the two overhear a plot to assassinate the King's advisers, they are suddenly inseparable in their quest to find the traitors and true love. (HQN, Feb., 380 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Maria Ferrer