On the bloody ground of the Colosseum, she fights to save her life. In the treacherous boxes above, he fights to save their love.
Though Klara didn't love the man who was to be her husband, she didn't want him murdered, and she vows to track down the man who committed the crime. Sickened that she'd been attracted to the mysterious Roman, Klara tracks Lucius Aurelius to the fringes of the Roman Empire, only to find that they've both been trapped in a clever plot to overthrow Klara's father, the Chief of the Huns.
Klara is separated from Lucius, captured by slavers and sold to a gladiator school. She is the only one who can save herself, by fighting for her freedom. Lucius can ensure her battle is easier, but only by sacrificing himself. How much is he willing to give up for the fiery woman he's come to love?
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As a fan of the TV shows Rome and Spartacus I was immediately drawn to this story and its compelling characters, vivid depiction of ancient Roman life, and edge of your seat political intrigue. From start to finish this book makes for an exciting and engaging addition to Ms. Scott's Romancing the Romans series that can be read on its own, but considering Ms. Scott's talent on display here you'll want to read the rest of the series too. Klara is the daughter of an influential Hun who values her independence and desires more out of life, but whose future is to marry a childhood friend. This event is life-altering in more ways than one as political machinations leave her life in jeopardy and have her crossing paths with Lucius Aurelius, which gives her more excitement than she ever expected. Klara is an immensely likable character with a modern day sensibility. She's strong-willed and rolls with whatever is thrown at her which she'll need when she's forced into becomeing a gladiatrix. Her interactions with Lucius were entertaining with witty and engaging dialogue and hinted at their burgeoning sexual attraction. Lucius is the son of a Senator who knows his place in society but wants to experience more. He travels through the countryside earning money working as a tradesman which allows him to interact with all the various social ranks. As he too values independence and the excitement of living life to the fullest he's immediately drawn to Klara and together they must fight to stay one step ahead of those wanting to eliminate them for political gain. The sexual tension between him and Klara is obvious from the moment they meet. The similarities in many of their desires and their social class make for a deep-seated connection that's palpable even when they're separated. Ms. Scott has written an exciting story that vividly depicts life in Ancient Rome across all social ranks. From the decadent lifestyles of the Senators to the bloody and gritty existence of life in the arena, readers are put on an exciting path to HEA where the protagonist's lives are in jeopardy and only love and belief in each other will see them to safety. Political machinations are nicely spaced throughout the story alongside a satisfying romance that kept me fully immersed in the story and have me looking forward to what Ms. Scott plans for next in this entertaining series.
Enjoyable Historical Romance I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour in exchange for a fair and honest review. I rated it 4 out of 5 Stars. Fans of historical romance set in ancient Rome have plenty to cheer about in Eva Scott’s Barbarian Bride, the newest addition to her Romancing the Romans series. Well developed characters, plenty of political intrigue and lively romance kept me turning the pages from start to finish. Filled with colorful descriptions of life during ancient times, Ms. Scott’s story is enjoyable and well worth reading. Ms. Scott’s tale begins on the day that Klara, the daughter of Rigula, a powerful Hun tribal leader, is to be married to her childhood friend. While Klara has always known she would eventually have to get married, she dreads the loss of her independence. She could never have imagined how much her life would change due to her chance meeting with a mysterious Roman. The son of a Roman senator, Lucius Arelius is determined to live life on his own terms and loves traveling throughout the empire. Earning a living as a tradesman gives him the opportunity to interact with all manner of people. He never imagined he’d fall in love with a Hun princess or find himself on the run due to a plot to overthrow her father. The scenes between Klara and Lucius are fun, full of lively dialogue and simmering attraction. While they both know the timing is wrong; they’re drawn to each other and can’t ignore how they feel. Especially when they discover they are both targets as a result of a political power play. Ms. Scott does a good job developing both characters; both individually and as a couple. It’s clear they share a sense of adventure and independent spirits. Ms. Scott also does a good job developing the secondary characters in the story and I especially liked Klara’s dad, though he was narrow minded when it came to his thoughts on a woman’s place in the tribe. When Klara and Lucius are separated and Klara ends up as a gladiatrix, they’ll both have to take risks to set her free. Will Klara survive her time as a gladiatrix and gain her freedom? Will Lucius be able to help her win her freedom? You’ll have to read Barbarian Bride to find out. I know I enjoyed it and look forward to the next book in the series. While this book is a part of a series, it can be read and enjoyed on its own