Eagle's Honor: Ravished
A barbarian warrior, an enemy of Rome.
A sheltered young woman, the daughter of a Roman officer.
An unlikely love, threatened by the bloody strife at the borders of Roman Empire.
AD 190: When a fever ravages her father's fort and kills her family, Livia has to leave Britannia behind and make a new home for herself in Rome. Lost in a world of grief, she finds little delight in the glittering capital of the empire. Nothing can penetrate the grey fog of her grief--except for the cool blue eyes of the slave Leontius, a barbarian warrior, a former gladiator, a man she ought to fear. And yet, she cannot help but crave his touch, even though he is an enemy of Rome; even though, should he ever manage to flee, he would unleash the anger of his tribe upon the border of the empire.
Confession: This is my first Gladiator/Barbarian in Ancient Rome story that I’ve read. I’ve always liked the trope, but I never got around to reading one.
There is a tinge of sadness throughout the whole story, partly because of Livia and her mourning. She is not your typical heroine. She is not strong, nor sassy. It was quite refreshing to read about a heroine whose characteristics include shyness and docility. Now, don’t get me wrong, she is not boring. It will take a gladiator and his family of barbarians to make her come out of her shell. But I did enjoy her path to becoming her own person again.
Livia is sad. There is no way around it. She constantly dwells on her losses and lives in the past.
“Yet it was difficult to feel an interest in anything when the sadness was weighing down her very bones.”
She lets her grief rule her life and at times I wished I could reach out and help her. She doesn’t have the proper support system. Her aunt definitely does not help in any way. Or does she? One command may well have changed Livia’s life forever.
I loved the sexiness of this story as well. The love scenes were sweet and steamy. Poor Livia, does not stand a chance. Her interaction with her gladiator Leontius was at times funny and hot. Leontius, although a barbarian had a certain gentlemanly charm about him. He clearly respects females and isn’t really what one would think a barbarian would act like. However, he did have the stubbornness that every hero has and he does save Livia from herself.
If there is one thing I can take from this is that love can be found anywhere and even between the upper and lower class. I liked that this love story was between a former slave and upper class Roman. It brings a certain grittiness and star crossed lovers type feel into the story. One can’t help but turn the pages hoping for a happily ever after.
This is book 2 in the Eagle’s Honor series and can be read as a standalone.
“But it’s not at all as big as a horse’s.”
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.”