What could be more romantic than knights and their ladies, tournaments and sacrifice, forbidden love and desperate passion? It is, at least, one of my very favorite daydreams, and Mary Reed McCall has rendered a rich and passionate escape indeed with the second book in The Templar Knights series, Sinful Pleasures. Lady Alissende de Montague is faced with a desperate bargain that could save her and a man from her past when she is asked to make a proxy marriage to rescue Sir Damien de Ashby, a knight who has dedicated himself to the Templars. An evocative sense of the medieval world and a passionate, sexy romance make Sinful Pleasures a must read for those who, like me, wish for a good escape to days of yore.

Barbara Samuel writes novels from her native Colorado. Her latest book is Madame Mirabou's School of Love.

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