Lady Alice is famous for her sharp tongue and her fearless nature. She will call no man master, not even the black knight, Hugh the Relentless. She boldly challenges his claim to the mysterious Stone of Scarcliffe.

Lady Alice generously proposes to give Hugh the stone, if he agrees to see to her brother's schooling and help her to a convent.

Hugh is intrigued and entranced by the courageous and somewhat foolhardy red-haired beauty. He agrees to her bargain on one condition; that she pose as his betrothed.

They recover the stone and Hugh establishes his ownership of the keep, while Alice puts the castle in order. Their mutual respect and desire soon makes them lovers. They marry and then face the greatest challenge of all. They must break an ancient curse, find a murderer and destroy a villain from the past before he destroys them.

Amanda Quick has penned an enchanting, wonderfully witty romance of an independent, modern heroine and a bold hero who loves her for her brains as well as her beauty. Ms. Quick never disappoints and MYSTIQUE is quite simply another marvelous treasure. SENSUAL (Reprint, Jul., 356 pp., $21.95)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin