Lady Maris Langumont wants to choose her own husband. When her father takes matters into his own hands, she is dismayed with his choice. Her intended bridegroom has a violent side, and she is grateful that the stranger visiting her home steps forward to protect her when matters get out of hand. Maris, although relieved to have Dirick's help, is not sure he is as honorable a man as he purports to be. When she is kidnapped and Dirick is ordered to guard her, she deems him to be a villain as well and uses every available resource to escape.

Dirick of Derkland is a second son and has no expectations of ever being able to wed. Without wealth or land, he knows he is not the sort of husband that a father would want for his daughter. After meeting the Lady Maris, he wishes that his station in life was different.

Ms. Gleason's medieval romance is well written, and has a plot that will keep readers enthralled. I give it a thumbs-up for authenticity and for being a story that I will remember for quite some time. SENSUAL. (Aug., 332 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Faith V. Smith