For wealthy merchant Metellus, nothing is as important as his desire for revenge. Ever since his father’s death, he’s been planning to wreak vengeance on those responsible. So when he rescues the daughter of his sworn enemy, Livia Drasus from a shipwreck Metellus sees an opportunity to set his plans in motion.
…is fair game in his planned revenge!
Making Livia his wife is the perfect way to get close to her family. What Metellus doesn’t expect is the fire that burns so passionately when he takes feisty Livia to his bed! Falling for his wife was never part of the plan, and soon he stands to lose more than he ever thought possible. Now Metellus must decide, is gaining his revenge worth risking his heart?
The Roman Empire immediately conjures up images of war, occupation and riches but this story is primarily is about revenge. Roman society’s political intrigue, the importance of reputation and the back stabbing ethos are well defined. As are the consequence of falling foul of society’s whims.
Metellus seeks revenge for his father who fell from grace after the political manipulation of Livia’s father. A tragic accident aids Metellus’ revenge. Essentially a noble man, Metellus does act dishonourably towards Livia on many occasions and uses her feelings for him to his own advantage. Strong willed Livia refuses to be the pawn in his revenge fest.
An interesting historical tale enriched with sensual tension between Livia and Metellus against a background of malicious gossip and deception.
I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars