by Kim Iverson Headlee, Kimberly Iverson

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How hard would you fight for a chance at love across a vast social divide?

"Epic." ~ Drue's Random Chatter Reviews.

Betrayed by her father and sold as payment of a Roman tax debt to fight in Londinium's arena, gladiatrix-slave Rhyddes feels like a wild beast in a gilded cage. Celtic warrior blood flows in her veins, but Roman masters own her body. She clings to her vow that no man shall claim her soul, though Marcus Calpurnius Aquila, son of the Roman governor, makes her yearn for a love she believes impossible.

Groomed to follow in his father's footsteps and trapped in a politically advantageous betrothal, Aquila prefers the purity of combat on the amphitheater sands to the sinister intrigues of imperial politics, and the raw power and athletic grace of the flame-haired Libertas to the adoring deference of Rome's noblewomen.

When a plot to overthrow Caesar ensnares them as pawns in the dark design, Aquila must choose between the Celtic slave who has won his heart and the empire to which they both owe allegiance. Trusting no man and knowing the opposite of obedience is death, the only liberty offered to any slave, Rhyddes must embrace her arena name, Libertas--and the love of a man willing to sacrifice everything to forge a future with her.

WINNER, 2015 BooksGoSocial Best Book.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149873050
Publisher: Pendragon Cove Press
Publication date: 12/03/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 897 KB

About the Author

Kim Headlee lives on a farm in the mountains of southwestern Virginia with her family, cats, fish, goats, Great Pyrenees goat guards, and assorted wildlife. People and creatures come and go, but the cave and the 250-year-old house ruins—the latter having been occupied as recently as the midtwentieh century—seem to be sticking around for a while yet. Kim has been a published novelist since 1999 (Dawnflight, 1st edition, Sonnet Books, Simon & Schuster) and a student of Arthurian lore and literature for nigh on half a century. The first edition of LIBERTY, written under the pseudonym Kimberly Iverson, was published by HQN Books in 2006.

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Liberty 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
LIBERTY by Kim Iverson Headlee is an enticing Ancient Romance Historical Romance set around 160 AD Rome. *This is the second edition* This is the tale of one woman's struggles, Rhyddes (aka-Liberty) a glaiatrix-slave, sold by her father for a debt owed to a Roman tax collector. "Liberty/Libertas" is the tale of betrayal, intrigue, sacrifice, survival, lust, romance and unrequited love. Also, meet Marcus Calpurnis Aquila is the son of a Roman governor, "Aquila" or "Eagle" who is falling in love with the noble, Celtic Warrior, Liberty. While, an interesting tale, some of the language felt a bit out of place for the era, overall, an interesting and satisfying read. Liberty had a hopeless, helpless life, but though it all she kept her soul intact. "Liberty" is a story with many facets, and characters. Well written with an interesting cast of characters. The storyline is rather unique in the premise of young love, lovers who can never be together, for a Gladators' life is to "obey or die". Interesting and intriguing, but at times very frustrating as well. This story is NOT for the faint of heart, some parts of the story was hard to read. This story is at times hard to follow, not easy to read, but overall a unique and entertaining read. If you enjoy Ancient Rome, Historical Romance, a story with many facets, than I would recommend picking up "Liberty". *Please be warned, this story is NOT for the faint of heart as it does have scenes which includes violence and sexual assault** *Received for an honest review* **Cross posted on My Book Addiction and More** Rating: 4 Heat rating: Hot (involves violence and sexual assault) Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
mathphilosopher More than 1 year ago
Kim Headlee's "Liberty" is a beefy standalone novel that's nearly twice as long as the average indie romance novel I read. The characters and time period and gladiatrix scenario are all very interesting. You just want to keep reading and reading to find out what happens next. The characters are all flawed and very deep and well thought out. I definitely enjoyed this. The sex scenes were of a more "closed door" nature, but you could still feel the passion and love between Rhyddes and Aquila.
badkat17us More than 1 year ago
Rhyddes means freedom but she was never free. She is sold by her father to pay his tax debt. She is a virgin which means she needs to be delivered that way. That however doesn’t mean that they can’t do other things to her. She is then sold as a slave. She is paraded naked for anyone and everyone who walks by to see. The people who want to purchase her a free to touch her anyway they want. She is purchased by a man named Jamil. He intends to make her a gladiatrix-slave. Rhyddes is choices the name Libertas as her gladiator name. There is something about her that makes Jamil think of her more as a daughter. She meets a Roman man named Marces Aquila who fights as a gladiator. His is being groomed to follow in his father’s political footsteps. His father hates that he fights as a gladiator. Marcus must do whatever his father wants. He is set up to marry a girl because it will benefit him and the girl’s father. He doesn’t love her and isn’t even interested in her. He is falling for a gladiatrix. Will Rhyddes and Marcus get a chance to be together? Will Marcus stand up to his father? I enjoyed this book. It was slow at times but well worth the read. Marcus and Rhyddes go through so much together and almost don’t make it. I don’t want to give away any spoilers. Rhyddes is attracted to Marcus right away but she doesn’t always like him. Things happen that neither one of them can control and create misunderstandings between them. Once Rhyddes understands things she sees Marcus in a different light. They know that under their current standings they could never be together but that doesn’t stop them from falling in love. Will their love be enough? There are lots of twists and turns in this book. There is a plan to over through the current people in charge that threatens both their lives. Will they be able to stop it and be together? They at the mercy of the gods. This book was wonderfully written with fantastic characters. The book was very interesting. You really felt like you were in the time of the gladiators. I was totally sucked into the book. Marcus and Rhyddes story was very moving. I didn’t expect it to end the way it did but loved it none the less. I was given this book in return for an honest review.
JillNYC More than 1 year ago
Liberty is a captivating novel with so many variables that make it a true masterpiece. Our main character Rhyddes, which translates to mean Freedom daughter of Red (thus Liberty), is sold off to the Romans due to a tax debt. Here she must fight in the Gladiator arena. Fortunately Rhyddes fights well, it’s that ancient Celtic warrior blood that runs through her veins that makes her fierce. Although Rhyddes is plagued with captivation and yearning for the Roman governor’s son, Aquila. He too is irresistibly drawn to Rhyddes and vows to renounce his wealth and power for her. The charm of this novel kept me intrigued from the start. The savagery, ferocity coupled with the longing and purity of true love makes Liberty a captivating must read!
amm02 More than 1 year ago
Rhyddes family works to pay taxes to the romans. She is then sold into slavery by her father. She becomes a gladiatrix. She fights in an arena with other female gladiatrix for the sport of others. Then there is Aquila, the son of the Roman governor. He wants to be in the arena but his family has other plans. He becomes betrothed by his family wishes for a political marriage. He then meets Rhyddes at a slave auction and starts falling for her. He tries to buy her but is out bid. He sets out to try and win her over Rhyddes though never wants to let a Roman win her over. It was a very good book. It moves at a good pace so you do not get bored. I liked Rhyddes. She is a very strong women. She does not let anyone see her fear and is always strong. This book will keep you interested until the end.
KaylaSue1 More than 1 year ago
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS ONE GREAT STORY...I AM SO GLAD I DIDN'T MISS IT...HOPE YOU DON'T , IF YOU LIKE THIS KIND OF STORY...., May 18, 2015.. THIS IS ONE GREAT STORY..I AM SO GLAD I DIDN'T MISS IT..HOPE YOU DON'T,IF YOU LIKE THIS KIND OF STORY.. I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK FOR AN HONEST REVIEW AND THIS IS MY HONEST OPINION.. You have Rhyddes ferch Rudd (18) beaten by her father Rudd and finally sold to the Romans for a slave, to pay her fathers taxes. She was abused by the Romans on the way to the slave markets, were she was sold to Jamil of Tanis the gladiator trainer as a gladiatrix salve (she fought under a couple names 1st given to her by Jamil and after her 1st win she was allowed to choose her own name and design her own outfit). Jamil was good to her and protected her as much as he could.Then there were a male volunteer gladiator, Marcus Calpurnius Aguila son of a Roman governor. Governor Agricola decided that his son would stop his fooling around with the gladiators and marry Senator Falco daughter, Lady Messiena. A father could tell his kids (male or female what they had to do, no matter the age), and he didn't want an arranged marriage. Now all these peoples life's intermingled,and others some of real importance , and many considered from little to no importance. There are many twist and turns in the story BUT IT IS A GOOD ONE with a happy ever after (just a lot of fun,sadness,love, hate, murder,rescues, and happiness. I also love it that she puts information in the back about where information comes from, what was real and what was not, she even list words you might not know and gives the meanings. What more could you want? I LOVED IT and bet you would too.