Kenric of Montague fears nothing. Having survived the bloody crusades and his father's murderous plots, he returns home to find himself betrothed by royal decree to Lady Tess of Remington.

Tess has heard all the rumors about Kenric, but she must get away from the MacLeishs and if marriage to a murderous beast is what it takes, then so be it. But Tess soon learns that Kenric is all man, and a tender, virile lover.

By taking Tess as his wife Kenric opens himself up to new dangers, but the greatest comes from falling in love with his sweet, yet determined bride. His little wife turns his castle topsy-turvy, bullying his men and getting her way through manipulation and threats. Though amused, Kenric respects Tess and the changes she makes in his life.

But Tess has a secret that few know-a magical gift of special powers. Her magic, however, cannot save her and her husband when their enemies scheme against them.

Elizabeth Elliott's debut novel heralds a bright new talent on the scene. With a deft use of humor and sensuality, and a blend of magic and colorful historical detail, she weaves a wondrous love story guaranteed to please fans of Julie Garwood, Elizabeth Lowell and Amanda Quick. SENSUAL (July, 400 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin