Owned By Rome by Katalina Leon
“On the edge of the Roman Empire, Queen Boudica’s rebellion has ended. A time of great tragedy has passed. Atellus, a Roman magistrate living in Gaul, discovers he’s no longer sympathetic to Rome and must now question every facet of his life.
A cunning Celtic woman with golden-red hair arrives in the slave markets, defiant and angry—a danger to anyone foolish enough to purchase her. As punishment for her willfulness, she is to be offered as a sexual favor to Roman guests at a lavish feast and put to death for their entertainment.
For Atellus, it’s love at first sight. He wants to own her. They embark on an erotically turbulent journey through a lonely Celtic forest. He suspects his beautiful slave is harboring a painful secret and must never again speak her true name. She is Celtic royalty—the last of her kind.
In the heart of the forest, strong-willed lovers clash, fall in love and catch a glimpse of what the future can be if both can learn to trust and forgive.”
This was an interesting read. Katalina Leon obviously really did her research as she incorporates quite a few Roman words into the story. If you got hooked on the HBO show Spartacus and you’re wanting some more ancient Roman tales, then here you go. She does a great job in writing about what it might have been like to live in that place and time.
I really liked the character, Rutila. She’s strong, brave, vulnerable and determined. A Celtic who was captured and sold into slavery in Rome, she’s fiesty and never gives up. I honestly wasn’t so crazy about the main character, Atellus. He had some good qualities, but for my individual tastes, he was a bit too “moony” or fixated on finding a grand love. I like a big, brawny, sexy alpha male who not only acts the part, but thinks in those terms as well. Just my personal preference though. All in all, it was a good read.
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Stone Masters: A Vampire’s Reckoning by VMK Fewings
“( From back cover )”
What if your family held an ancient, dark secret? A secret passed down from one generation to the next. A secret that would change everything you thought you knew.
What if the time had come to finally reveal that very secret… to you?
Lord Jadeon Artimas, heir to St. Micheal’s Mount in Cornwall, discovers that his family belongs, and has for centuries, to a clandestine group known as the Stone Masters; a collection of brave men whose sole, sacred duty is to kill the mythical creatures of the night, the deadly menace known as… vampires.
Jadeon soon becomes entwined with the underworld and is forced to face his deepest, darkest fears and make it through a journey of seduction, honor, and betrayal. As the sinister truth is unraveled, the foundation of a legacy is shaken to it’s core, putting the very existence of the Stone Masters in jeopardy.
Only by accepting his family’s history can Jadeon confront the danger, solve the mystery, and truly become a Stone Master.”
This book was a fascinating read! VMK Fewings has written a vampire novel that sweeps you into the world of the Stone Masters, and takes on epic proportions. The Vampires all have very human motivations and emotions, and even the corrupt vampires had my sympathy.
This story is told in the first-person, but switches view-point between the two main characters, and the author masters it in such a way as to keep you caught up in the story every step of the way. Part One is written as a historical count of the life of Jadeon and how he comes into this legacy. Beautifully written. Part Two spans a couple hundred years and brings us to contemporary times seamlessly.
The story is captivating and a fresh take on the Vampire lore, told by a master of her craft. This is a great read for any fans of secret societies and vampires! I highly recommend Stone Masters: A Vampire’s Reckoning.
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It’s a really good story, kind of reminiscent of Anne Rice’s style, but not. LOL, I don’t know how else to describe it. I know that the second novel in this series has been written, but I’m not sure of the title or release date yet. I’ll have an interview with the author V.M.K. Fewings up in September, closer to the release date, so hopefully we’ll have more info then. 😀
Bewitched by Sandra Schwab Published by Love Spell/Dorchester April 2008
(from back cover) “SWEET PASSION. After a magical mishap that turned her uncle’s house blue, Miss Amelia Bourne was stripped of her powers and sent to London in order to be introduced into polite society – and to find a suitable husband. Handsome, rakish Sebastien “Fox” Stapleton was all that and more. He was her true love. Wasn’t he?
OR THE BITTER TASTE OF DECEIT. At Rawdin Park, the country estate of the Stapleton’s, Amy began to wonder. Several inexplicable events suggested that one sip of punch had changed her life forever – that this love, this lust, was nothing but an illusion. She and Fox were pawns in some mysterious game, and black magic had followed them out of Town. Without her powers, would she be strong enough to battle those dark forces and win? And would she be able to claim her heart’s true desire? Magic potion or no, what she felt for Fox was a spell that could never be broken.”
A Historical Paranormal Romance, though not my usual fare, it was quite enjoyable. Ms. Schwab paints a wonderful tale that takes you back to a time in London when magic and the like were to be kept very hush, hush. Amy and Fox are perfect for each other and the tale is one of intrigue, romance, danger and true love. If you’re at all a fan of historical paranormal romance, then I highly recommend this book.
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