Since her father died a traitors death, Lady Gillian has been hiding on the remote Cornwall coast. She has no idea that King John has issued a command for her death and that the assassin is the man she finds washed ashore after a shipwreck.

All this handsome stranger can remember is that his name is Gareth. The cool, healing touch of an angel brings him back from death and as Gillian nurses him, he becomes increasingly attracted to her. But when his memory returns Gareth realizes just who she really is. Though he has fallen in love with Gillian, he cannot forfeit his small sons life to the king for failing to fulfill his duty to the crown.

Without revealing the whole truth, Gareth convinces Gillian to flee with him to his castle. However, once there he explains that only by becoming his wife can she be safe.

Angered by his betrayal, Gillian is left with no recourse, but to marry Gareth. Yet she vows never to surrender to her enemy: the man she once believed she loved.

Their sensual battle of wills will keep readers turning the pages fast and furiously. Samantha James can turn an ordinary plot into magic with her sharp dialogue, colorful historical details and sizzling love scenes. This one will give you hours of reading pleasure. SENSUAL (Jun., 380 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin