Never a retiring flower of womanhood, Nicola of Ashby wields a broadsword to defend her father's fief from the enemy. Yet a woman alone cannot keep a man like Gilliam FitzHenry at bay. With her keep burning, her father dead and her battle lost, she has only her pride to sustain her. And, of course, a vow to avenge her father's death.

Tired of war and bloodshed, Gilliam hopes to win land and a home of his own. He takes Nicola as his prisoner, but he plans to make her his wife. Gilliam needs her and all she represents. Though she is a fiercely proud young woman and her temper flares whenever they meet, he knows that she is revered by her people and only with her at his side can he hope to bring peace to the land.

Gilliam is not the heartless captor Nicola at first believed, but a man whose warm kisses and loving touches soon woo her from her hate. Still, treachery surrounds the lovers as old wounds, past sins and dark rivals must be bested before tranquility and love reign.

Once again, Ms. Domning brings the Middle Ages to life through characters whose passionate lives reach out to readers across the ages and the pages to capture their imaginations. SPRING'S FURY is an enthralling captive/captor style romance with that special Denise Domning touch. SENSUAL (Apr., 384 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin