by Catherine Kean

March 2005
ISBN: 1-932815-35-X
Reviewer Graphic Button Medallion Press
Mass Market Paperback

Desperate to save her brother Rudd, Lady Rexana Villeaux disguises herself as a Saracen courtesan and dances at the feast thrown by the High Sheriff of Warringham, Fane Linford. The passion and sensuality of her performance stirs a potent desire in her audience including Fane. However, Rexana does not perform for pleasure but to draw the attention of the powerful sheriff while her servant steals a message from his solar implicating her brother in a plot against the crown.

Fane Linford pledged his sword and his life to King Richard’s crusade. He survived torturous years in an eastern prison with the help, and love, of a Saracen courtesan. Rexana’s performance reminds him of his Saracen love and he aims to seduce the temptress whose luscious beauty and provocative performance stirs a powerful desire in him. When he discovers the real identity of the Saracen dancer and that her brother now resides in his dungeon, Fane sets out to secure Rexana as his lady wife for King Richard has promised him an English bride. And he knows just who he wants.

However, rumor has preceded Fane on his way to England. Tales of his exotic requests and barbarian tendencies have reached the ears of the very English gentlewoman Fane selects. And the last thing Rexana wants is to be wed to the dark barbarian Sheriff of Warringham. But to save her brother and clear his name, Rexana will do almost anything—even become the brooding sheriff’s bride.

Intrigue and passion drives Dance of Desire, debut author Catherine Kean’s compelling novel, from the first page to the last. This impressive new book ranks right up there beside veterans of the genre. Readers will be pleased with the ease with which the plot advances through the action of the story. Not to mention the characters are easy to like. Superb debut for Ms. Kean!


Reviewed in September 2005 by Cynthia.

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