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Thursday, 30 May 2013

Thumbs up Thursday: Enslaved by Christina Phillips

I love a good historical romance and Enslaved is set during the turbulent years of the Roman occupation of Britain, a real treat for a history buff like myself.

Enslaved throws you straight into the action, bringing together the two characters very quickly. Nimue's independent and courageous character comes across easily as does Tacitus' honorable and generous nature. But all will not go smoothly for them in spite of the electrifying chemistry between them. In order to protect Nimue, Tactitus purchases her - an act of benevolence on his behalf but Nimue doesn't see it as so. Having witnessed many of the horrors of the Roman occupation, she is quick to judge Tacitus as no better than any other Roman - something she fights against for a long time as she grows to learn about him.

Tacitus is gorgeous though not as 'alpha' as I assumed he would be. He is strong, determined and intelligent, and he reveals himself to be strongly principled. He has a real weakness where Niumue is concerned and I never tire of seeing a warrior fall under a woman's spell.

Nimue has a strong sense of duty and is an interestingly confident character. Her seduction of Tactitus made for sexy reading. She struggles with how to do her duty and protect the man that she is ultimately falling for as she realises he is nothing like the callous Roman she thought him to be.

Though the story begins and ends with action, for the most part the drama comes from the push and pull between the characters. Well written and crafted, Ms. Phillips draws you into their world and I could easily picture their surroundings without being bored by tons of description. I hungered desperately for them to come to an understanding, to bridge the divide between their cultures but I must admit for a few moments I wasn't even sure if it was going to happen, leaving me biting my nails for quite a few pages!

The sexy scenes are erotic, almost coarse sometimes, but insanely sensual and at its heart - as I feel it should be with any erotic romance - very romantic. Their first moment together is born of really strong chemistry but you can see the budding romance and it makes for some very powerful moments. The scenes are definitely not just about sex and focus beautifully on the human connection while making for erotic reading.

If you enjoy historical romances with some steam, you are sure to to enjoy this and I would expect most romance readers to enjoy it. Although the setting is gripping and enthralling, Ms. Phillips manages not to dictate a history lesson to the reader but simply draws you in, allowing the focus to stay on the two most important people.

Definitely recommended for lovers of great writing, well fleshed out characters and hot, beautiful romance.
In 51 A.D., Druid priestess Nimue is injured and enslaved by the hated Roman Legions. Even though she is drawn to her captor, she’s determined to escape and complete her mission for the Briton king and her duty to Arianrhod, the goddess she is bound to.

The tough Roman warrior who captures her is far from the brutal barbarian she expects. His touch inflames her desires and passion burns between them. Though Nimue does not accept her enslavement, her heart surrenders to her enemy. When Arianrhod appears to her in the form of an owl, Nimue knows the union is blessed.

Roman warrior Tacitus is enchanted by the fiery beauty who shows no fear and challenges him at every turn. Though enslaving her goes against his heart, he’s determined to make her his. No woman has ever heated his blood as she does. But when he discovers her true nature as one who actually communes with the gods, his loyalties are torn between his heritage and a woman who could destroy everything he’s ever believed in.

1 comment:

  1. Great review! I totally agree. This is a great book, well written and HOT. Love these types of stories that aren't just surface attraction...but a push and pull between characters. Awesome.