Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Historical Romance
Heat Rating: 3
In an ancient time, in an ancient land, their worlds collided. Can their love survive? Can they?
Sara is the daughter of the emperor’s legate in Caledonia, the Roman name for Scotland. Annachie is a Pictish warrior captured by her father’s soldiers and made a slave. Their friendship grows into a love neither of them can even acknowledge, much less consummate.
When her father finds them in what he thinks is a compromising position, he gives Annachie to a notorious slave trader and takes Sara back to Rome. Thinking that she will never see Annachie again, Sara agrees to become a Vestal Virgin. But six years later, her world is turned upside down when the games in the Coliseum feature the renowned gladiator, the “Beast of Caledonia”. Annachie!
Only for him would Sara forsake her vow of chastity and risk her life. And when she faces the ultimate price for loving him, only Annachie may be able to save her.
I think Ms. Poole made a very good attempt at writing a historical romance that takes place in Roman times. All in all, her characters were very likable and I enjoyed seeing them interact with one another.
However, I think she tried to do too much. There was simply too much time to cover for a book that was as brief as this one. She tries to take care of this by having all of their meetings and the building of their relationship happen in flashback, which really didn’t work for me. I like to see characters meeting and having sparks fly in the present.
But I think this is very unique because it takes place in Roman times and Sara is so courageous that this book is worth a read!
3 Tea Cups!