The Black Plague has decimated Anna de Leons family, leaving her to manage the estate and the castle.

When Sir Morvan Fitzwaign arrives sick with plague, Anna takes him in and nurses him through the worst. Morvan vows to protect the brave lady in payment for her help.

When an enemy lays siege to the castle, Anna must depend upon Morvan and realizes that the conflicting emotions she feels could be love. Yet, Anna cannot and will not change her self-sufficient ways for any man. How can Morvan make her believe he wants her just the way she is?

Marvelous descriptions and biting repartie propel this tale forward rapidly as readers become completely involved in this power-packed plot and the strong characters emotions and conflicts. Madeline Hunter truly cements her place on the list of rising stars with a wonderfully feminist romance. SENSUAL (Jul., 400 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin