Lovingly rendered and pleasantly digestible, Margaret Moore's My Lord's Desire provides a medieval dessert. Battle-weary Lord Armand de Boisbaston arrives at the court of King John hoping to find a wealthy bride to offer ransom for his imprisoned brother. Instead, he finds himself ensnared by the alluring Lady Adelaide, who has learned independence by fending off suitors at court. Neither has what the other needs, but they're locked into a false betrothal when they become embroiled in a conspiracy that might cost them both their lives if they cannot thwart it. A clever theme of the way lies and half-truths entangle us adds flavor and dash to what might have otherwise have been a standard medieval tale. Barbara Samuel's most recent novel is Madame Mirabou's School of Love.

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