Lady Eadyth-once the Silver Jewel of Northumbria, now the Tarnished Jewel-needs to marry to stop a treacherous villain from gaining custody of her illegitimate son.

She boldly proposes to "the loathsome lout" Eirik, Lord Ravenshire. Eirik is horrified by her offer since Eadyth has disguised herself as an old crone. However, when Eirik learns that her son was fathered by his nemesis, he readily accepts her proposal. He will do anything to entice his enemy out of hiding.

Eirik and Eadyth's battle of wills begins on their wedding night. Eirik is ill-prepared for her sharp tongue, fierce independence and dazzling beauty. Their passion is quick and taut as secrets are unveiled.

When trouble breaks out between the Normans and the Saxons, Eadyth and Eirik are caught in the middle. As their mortal enemy threatens them, the lovers unite to protect their land and their love.

Sandra Hill has written a sensual, vibrant, fast-paced tale of two proud lovers, their entertaining battle of wills and the steamy passion that overcomes them. SENSUAL (Sept., 400 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Maria C. Ferrer