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Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Barbarian Bride

by Eva Scott



On the bloody ground of the Colosseum, she fights to save her life. In the treacherous boxes above, he fights to save their love.

Though Klara didn't love the man who was to be her husband, she didn't want him murdered, and she vows to track down the man who committed the crime. Sickened that she'd been attracted to the mysterious Roman, Klara tracks Lucius Aurelius to the fringes of the Roman Empire, only to find that they've both been trapped in a clever plot to overthrow Klara's father, the Chief of the Huns.

Klara is separated from Lucius, captured by slavers and sold to a gladiator school. She is the only one who can save herself, by fighting for her freedom. Lucius can ensure her battle is easier, but only by sacrificing himself. How much is he willing to give up for the fiery woman he's come to love?

Excerpt :

Klara stepped into the room, darker than the one she left. As her eyes struggled to adjust she made out the figure of his man with his back turned to her. Should she speak? Or wait to be spoken to like Sirom said? Unsure, she shifted her weight from one foot to the other.

The man turned at the sound of her stirring. His hair was cut short in the Roman fashion and his face was clean shaven. She didn’t recognise him until he spoke her name. "Klara."

"Lucius!" she cried, as relief and joy flooded through her in equal measure.

"Shh," he hissed yet with laughter dancing in his voice. "We don’t know who is listening." He stepped forward and opened his arms. She flew to him pressing herself against his chest, his heart beat confirming he was real. "I thought I’d lost you," he said into her hair. "You were there one minute and gone the next."

She pulled back and stared up into his sky-blue eyes. "I’m here now and so are you."

"Don’t ever disappear on me again. Where I go, you go. Got it?" He held her face gently in his callused hands and kissed her with a soft tenderness which meant more than passion.

Tears welled in Klara’s eyes at the rough affection in his tone. Life had been so very harsh for such a long time she had forgotten what it was to receive kindness. "You’ll know where I am for the time being," she said to cover up her awkwardness.

"Yes, about that. Of all the things that could have happened to you. You’re a gladiatrix!" Lucius held her at arm’s length, taking in her appearance. "Getting you out of this mess is going to be tricky."


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Eva lives on the Sunshine Coast, in Queensland Australia in the town which brought the world the Bee Gees. When she’s not writing romance you can find her out on the water kayaking, fishing or swimming. When on dry land it’s all about the shoes and the coffee (and old Bee Gees records).

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Eva will be awarding a copy of Barbarian Bride and The Last Gladiatrix (the first book in the Romancing The Romans series) to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour (US ONLY).


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Barbarian BrideBarbarian Bride by Eva Scott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Barbarian Bride be Eva Scott is a 2014 Escape publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

On the day of her wedding, Klara takes a stroll to get away for a little time alone after being surrounded by drunken wedding guest. She encounters a Roman named Lucius and they tussle over some beads. In order for Klara to get the beads away from him she must kiss him. The silly little kiss turns into a very serious kiss. After the wedding vows are exchanged Klara's new husband passes out cold. She finds him murdered in his sleep and gets a slight glimpse of the killer. She recognizes the coat the man was wearing and is positive it was the Roman she had kissed. Now there is is a price on Lucius's head and Klara aims to kill him before anyone else can do it.
Klara soon finds that Lucius was not guilty of killing her husband. Now she can explore the feelings she had towards him when they kissed. But, things don't turn out like she planned. Before long, the two of them are running away together, then get separated and Klara winds up being sold to a gladiator school. Lucius and his sister scheme to find a way to free Klara, but the more they scheme the worse matters become. Will Lucius and Klara ever find a way to be together?
I really enjoyed this book because of the different historical setting. Rome is not often a location historical romances are set in. This locale opens up a plethora of possibilities. Ambition, pride, politics, manipulation and the laws of the country all work against Lucius and Klara. Klara is one tough lady inside and out. She must survive the tense coliseum competition in order to hopefully win her freedom. If she loses , she dies. That's one heck of a choice. Needless to say the tension mounts higher and higher as we hope against hope that Lucius will find a way to free Klara without having to bend to his father's will. Lucius finds his back up against a wall with very little wiggle room. His love for Klara is so great he is willing to sacrifice his chance at happiness and living the life he wishes to in order to free her from slavery. What a guy!
There are plot twist and shocking secrets, action, suspense, romance and terrific ending! Overall this one is an A or 4 stars.


  1. always looking for new roman time period books! thanks!

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    1. I do hope you enjoy it - and if you do there is also the first book in the series - Last Gladiatrix. And one more to come! Who doesn't love Rome, right? x

  2. Nice review

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