As a captive in the Holy Land, Christian of Acre joins the Brotherhood of the Sword, a secret society dedicated to protecting the oppressed. As a mercenary he fulfills his duty to the Brotherhood, forgetting a previous vow.

Queen Adara, who was a child when she wed Christian, needs his help to save her small kingdom from a devious usurper. She finds him and tries to persuade him to return by boldly sneaking into his rooms to seduce him.

Driven by private demons, Christian refuses Adara's plea to give her an heir. But he will escort her home. With her servant, the court fool and another member of the Brotherhood known as Phantom, Christian and Adara begin a dangerous journey.

This is a nonstop, masterful novel that proves why MacGregor is at the top of her form. It's as riveting and compelling as any action-adventure novel and as passionate and sensual as a pure romance. The hero will make your heart beat faster. SENSUAL (May, 400 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin