Sunday, September 1, 2013

Betrayed by Christina Phillips

Title: Betrayed
Author:  Christina Phillips
Series:  Forbidden #3
Published:  March 20th 2013 by Ellora's Cave Publishing
Page Count:  254
Genre:  Historical Erotic Romance
Shelf: Review Copy
Rating:  ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

Adult-content rating: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages.

My Review:

Phillips does an amazing job at bringing history to life. You feel like you’ve actually seen the Roman invasion of Britannia and lived the life of one of those captured. Phillips also makes the time period approachable to those who aren’t familiar with the expansion of Rome by simultaneously mixing modern language with historical content and altogether brilliant storytelling.

Phillips presents this intriguing love story in a very unique light that is not for the faint of heart. She uses subtle switches in language and demeanour to highlight and illustrate important ideas while foreshadowing to what may come. There are lots of twists in the plot that one would never suspect or expect but that fit naturally with the flow of the story. She keeps her readers on their toes while pulling them towards a very unexpected yet extremely fitting conclusion that will warm your heart.

Phillips also presents us with some extraordinary characters to round out this novel. They must fight against themselves and the perceptions of their respective cultures to gain something for themselves and to discover what truly matters to them. The reader gets to know a great deal about the main characters as individuals and as members of their culture. The characters become quite well known to us. The supporting cast, although small, is also quite well developed and the roles that they play in the story are not only necessary but captivating.

Overall, Phillips’ mix of modern language and historical setting create a novel that you won’t soon forget.

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