Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Date Published: January 2011
Reviewed by Vaerie
Obtained by publisher
Adrenia Tertia Brigomalla longs to be independent, as she dreams of opening her own weaving shop. She lives with her parents who are cruel to her, only barely feeding her and make her work hard. Then she meets Centurion Terentius Marius Atellus, who has come to her village to look for a deserter, a man who is evil and who likes young woman. Although a hardened soldier, Terentius is noble, honorable and kind. Adrenia has never experienced such kindness from a man before and she is at first somewhat mistrustful. But as they get to know each other and steal sweet kisses, her heart opens to him. Terentius has never felt such a feeling of protection toward a woman before. When he finds out she has the gift of second sight he is at first non-believing, but she soon proves that she does indeed have the gift. Will they find true love or will a killer take Andrenia from him? Or will another beauty take Terentius from her?
I don’t think I have ever read a romance story set in Roman times. This story was really good! I felt as though I was transported back in time and I could see and feel everything. Ms Agnew takes her readers behind the scenes and paints a realistic picture of the times. I loved her characters. Adrenia is so strong in spite of all she has gone through. But she’s not so much a kick-ass type but a realistic woman who faces what is thrown at her, shows her feelings and is still able to recover and move on. I loved her interaction with Cordia, the woman who is determined to have Terentius for herself. I was so glad to see her not getting all tied-up with her teasing as she believed in Terentius and his love for her. Wonderful!
Ms. Agnew quite masterfully weaves a tale that captures your heart. There is emotion and, there is adventure. There is danger of the most woeful kind. There are great secondary characters and even her antagonists are really well written. And the love scenes are so sensual and hot! If you enjoy a good historical and I mean a really good historical, then you must read this one!
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.