THE NOTORIOUS KNIGHT
Moore's book deals with not only the violence of medieval times but also the taboos of that era. The hero and heroine appear to be star-crossed lovers because the heroine's sister is married to the hero's brother, which by canon law means the heroine and the hero are family. The emotions are right on key and the intrigue compelling.
Bayard, meanwhile, hates his reputation as a ladies' man. When he meets the hardheaded but softhearted mistress of D'Averette, he tries to convince her that his nickname, "Gypsy Lover," is false. In doing so he discovers that she's the only woman he wants for now and evermore. (HQN, Jul., 296 pp., $6.99)