Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Heat Rating: 2
Petra never expected an antique replica of a gladiator's rudis would impact her life, but impact it did, deliciously so. The moment she touches the relic a window to the past appears, and what she sees on the other side is shocking, beyond reason…hot. She can see into the world of an ancient Roman gladiator who is sexy as sin, and she soon discovers she'll do anything for the opportunity to touch him.
Euric doesn't know what to make of the strange window that appears in his cell, but he knows exactly what he wants to do with the woman on the other side. If only he could get to her. When the two discover they can touch through the portal, their sexual chemistry ignites and all thought as to why they shouldn't be together disappears.
But when faced with the decision of leaving behind the lives they know, can either of them take that final step through the window, into the life, and arms, of the one they love?
I really enjoyed the other book of Marissa Chenery's that I read, so I was very excited to reach Touched by a Gladiator. I'm glad I didn't leave it for one of the other reviewers, because it was a fantastic read.
Petra opens a window to the past and falls in instant lust with Euric, whom she spies through the window caught in flagrante delicto with a wealthy Roman woman. Euric grasps the fact that the lady through the window is in the future very well, much better than I would have if a magic window opened into my cell. They spend time getting to know each other, but never really going the whole way through the window, in the event they get trapped in the other person's world.
Once you grasp the ease with which the characters accept the way the window works (and Dear Reader, if you like paranormal or sci fi or any less than strict reality genre, how hard can that be?) this book just works. From getting to know each other, to the decision as to whose world to live in, to the integration of the person from a different time into the other's world, to the rocky path to their H.E.A. I wouldn't change a bit of it.
5 Tea Cups!