Being a poor sleeper, I’ve been making up stories for years now to try and exhaust my mind, and get some much needed sleep. It doesn’t always work as the stories then demand to be written! I write mainly Historical romances, but I’ve also written Contemporary romances, Romantic Intrigue and I’ve also tried my hand at Futuristic and Time Slip romances.I live on the beautiful island of Anglesey in North Wales, with my wonderful husband, Colin. By day I’m an Environmental Health Officer, where I get to meet lots of interesting people – all grist to the writer’s mill.
The Roman: HarperImpulse Historical Romanceby Caroline Storer
ROME AD 79The one woman he ever loved was the one woman who betrayed him.And now, the Roman will have his revenge…Marsallas and Justina were young, beautiful and desperately in love once, until a tragic betrayal tore them apart.Six years have passed since that day and Marsallas has since thrown himself into the deadly world of chariot racing, gaining fortune, fame, and a salacious reputation throughout Rome. His bed is kept warm by a different woman each night, but his heart remains iced over as the memory of Justina’s betrayal continues to haunts him.The last thing he expects is to see her again, but when she steps back into his life he sees a chance to avenge his broken heart.But beneath the hurt, an attraction so intense still burns between the two, and as their fates begin to intertwine once more, their determination to resist one another starts to falter…
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“The Roman” is filled with so much passion and raw desires. It is an intense historical fiction story with a testament of the power of true love. Marsallas and Justina’s chance at happiness was ripped away very early on in their lives. The author did a splendid job of unravelling their story so well. Based on the blurb and the early portions of the story, I was initially angry with Justina for hurting Marsallas when they were young. But each time they were in each other’s presence, the emotions leapt right off of the pages; it was clearly undeniable. And then, when Justina’s side of the story came to light, I truly felt it for their stolen love. I breezed through the pages of the story, gobbling up the words, eager to find out if true love was really true. Several times, I had to remind myself that the couple was not real, as I became frustrated with their inability to quickly allow the past to die along with the one that caused their turmoil. I further enjoyed how the author took liberty with the era and location, making events her own. This particular era was so meaningful. There were certain topics that were brushed upon that I would have loved to see explored more, though that is for my own curiosity. Consequently, I would love to read an extension of this works, as I always love to know the story beyond the story. Nonetheless, I was pleased with Caroline Storer’s story. I would certainly recommend it to readers that enjoy a clever mixture of historical fiction and romance.
I loved this book! A true romance that hits at the core. The interaction between Marsallas and Justina was electric.