Author: Georgie Lee
Release Date: 20 January 2012
Number of pages: 54 pages
Publisher: Carina Press
Source: review copy provided by publisher through NetGalley
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Grade: 4.5 stars
Goodreads apetizer: Livia Duronius is driven to seek out a gladiator after watching him triumph in the Colosseum. His touch arouses a sense of hope she hasn't felt since Rome fell under the tyrannical rule of Caligula—and her late husband betrayed her. Though in danger of losing more than her heart, she vows to see him again, even after she learns her uncle has arranged her marriage to a senator.
Senator Titus Marius cannot resist indulging in a passionate encounter with the veiled woman who waits for him after the games, though he faces execution if his true identity is discovered. Bound by honor to wed another, and embroiled in a plot to free Rome from madness, he never expects to see the mystery woman again.
When the fates reunite them in the marriage bed, Titus vows to protect Livia at all costs—even from the lecherous eyes of the emperor...
“Only the weak give up their wives to Caligula’s lust. A true Roman stands up to another man whether he is emperor or enemy.”
She clapped her hands sarcastically. “Such pretty words. When the soldiers come, you will flee, just like my husband did.”
“Never.” His powerful voice struck the snide smile from her lips. “I’m a soldier, not just a senator. I know the meaning of honor and duty. I’ve stood shoulder to shoulder with my legion against barbarians determined to massacre us and destroy Rome. I will not run simply because Caligula’s men come for me. I will fight.”