Tuesday, November 17, 2015

REVIEW Caerwin and the Roman Dog by Lizzie Ashworth

Caerwin and the Roman Dog 
by Lizzie Ashworth

Categories ~ Romans, Historical Romance
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Set in 47 AD, the story centers on a young Cornovii princess—Caerwin—who watches from the rocky battlements of her tribe’s hillfort as Rome’s legions approach. Devastation ensues as the Roman phalanx crushes Briton’s valiant warriors. Captured and held in Roman camp, she faces Legate Marcellus Antistius who makes it clear she will submit to his demands. In spite of her resistance, he forces her pleasure. She begs to die.

Caught between his increasing infatuation with this Briton princess and the demands of his military command, Marcellus must come to terms with his past.

A fiery novel of domination and submission, this historical romance follows Caerwin as she refuses to come to terms with her new reality: life as she knew it is over. Forever. In its place stands a man she can never love. 

Honestly, I was pleasantly surprised by this book because I wasn't interested in the era of Roman wars and debauchery but....... the author does a phenomenal job of literally sucking you into this storyline.

She gives such rich descriptions and vivid details throughout the book that before you know it the book has ended and you want more. She weaves us through a world that is basically unknown to us except via our history books making it engrossing.

The love hate relationship between Caerwin and Marcllus was thought provoking causing the reader to consider that it is possible to hate what the person represents but love the person hidden inside. I do want to warn readers that there is some M/M relationships discussed which was common of that era as well as forced sex also prevalent during war and the Roman era. 

Though I wasn't happy with the ending because cliff hangers drive me crazy it was well written and unexpected. I can't wait to read the next book because I really want my HEA for this couple. I give this 4 stars for it's ability to have me rethink reading this era and really enjoying it.

A copy was gifted in exchange for an honest review 

Until recently, sex scenes in most books erupted behind closed doors. I hated that fade-to-black point in a story. Why has it been acceptable to describe the details of violence, hate, fear, anger, and greed, but not the up-close-and-personal descriptions of touch, desire, and love?

I feel fortunate that modern sensibilities in publishing mean sex scenes now keep the bedroom door open. For those of us interested, stories can show readers the tingle of flesh and follow through to the heavy breathing and sweaty finish. It’s about damn time.
I like to show a process in my stories where discovery or acknowledgment of sexual pleasure or desire is key to character development. Just like in real life. I believe sex can be a truly transformative experience.
Reading has been a passion in my life. My bachelor’s degree as well as some graduate work focused on writing. Marriage, children, and a career limited my writing time for many years, but I’m back to life on my own terms now. So look out–more sexy stories on the way!

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