This highly sensual battle-of-wills/captive-captor romance is highly reminiscent of early Johanna Lindsey with its biting repartee, heated love scenes and even a tied-up heroine. If you're looking for a new twist on a classic,
this is it.

When James Vaughn, the Earl of Montgomery, aka the Enforcer, rides to claim Lady Brenna's young sister as his bride, she takes her place. Hiding away in the keep and painting erotic works hasn't prepared Brenna for marriage. She fights him with her words and wiles, so James binds her in chains, keeping her close at hand and closer still in bed.

Though they match wits and wills during the day, night brings desires to a fever pitch, and Brenna falls under her husband's sensual spell. Then her secret paintings are revealed and the angry king demands retribution. Will James' loyalty and Brenna's love be enough to save them? (ZEBRA, May, 380 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin