At the edge of the Roman Empire, Cheruscans Kjeld and Dafried forged the bonds of childhood friendship, playing and hunting together along the mighty Rhine—until Romans ripped Kjeld away from his idyllic life and best friend to live as a Roman soldier. That was ten years ago. Kjeld, now a Roman general, returns to his foster parents to prepare for a glorious celebration: aAt the edge of the Roman Empire, Cheruscans Kjeld and Dafried forged the bonds of childhood friendship, playing and hunting together along the mighty Rhine—until Romans ripped Kjeld away from his idyllic life and best friend to live as a Roman soldier. That was ten years ago. Kjeld, now a Roman general, returns to his foster parents to prepare for a glorious celebration: a battle in the Coliseum. What he doesn’t know is that Dafried, after being captured during an assault on Roman military post, now trains as a gladiator in preparation for the upcoming competition. When the childhood friends reunite in the sands, it could spell death for one of them. A Timeless Dreams title: While reaction to same-sex relationships throughout time and across cultures has not always been positive, these stories celebrate M/M love in a manner that may address, minimize, or ignore historical stigma....
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Reviewed on Hearts On Fire... http://heartsonfirereviews.com/ Kjeld and Danfried were young boys growing up in Cherusca. They were inseparable friends until the Romans and sent their lives off in two very different directions only to be brought together again in the Coliseum. Kjeld was take from his village by Roman soldiers and was raised as an upper class Roman. Danfried became a slave when a Cheruscan attack on a Roman garrison was put down. This was a good story,it just wasn't a great one for me. It seems that this is Ms Noble's first book. I could not connect with either Kjeld or Danfried. The way that Kjeld wavered between the pleasures of being a well known Roman citizen and the guilt he felt over forgetting about his own Cheruscan people got old quickly. The palpable distrust and hatred that Danfried felt was more real seeing what he went through at the hands of the Romans but one needs to let go of it sometime. The somewhat thin story line really needed some kind of a boost to make the story more interesting and exciting. The story moved along mostly by using short intractions between the two men and secondary characters. The romance between Kjeld and Danfried came very late in the story and just felt forced. There was a HEA ending after a plot twist that would have been great if it had been given more detail. Ms Noble has potential as an author and as I said this book was not bad for a first book. She just needs to go that extra mile to put out a great story.
I enjoyed this book very much. The characters are lively and engaging, the writing clear and simple without a lot of extraneous plot (no blackmail, betrayal, cheating, etc.), and the romance develops naturally and believably. From childhood best friends to political enemies to lovers, Kjeld and Dafried keep your attention and affection all the way through. The ending is unrealistically happy, but there’s nothing wrong with that. The world needs more happy endings.Set against the background of Rome’s takeover of the surrounding Germanic tribes, there weren’t a lot of real life happy endings. But Ms. Noble obviously did her homework on the subject. There’s a great deal here that I didn’t know going in about Roman tactics and Gladiator culture, but it all checks out. That’s realism enough. Overlaying it with a lovely romance adds a bright spot to an otherwise dark and terrifying period of history (if you’re on the Germanic side).
Another new title that I hope is as good as the blurb!And people, please read the warning: "A Timeless Dreams title: While reaction to same-sex relationships throughout time and across cultures has not always been positive, these stories celebrate M/M love in a manner that may address, minimize, or ignore historical stigma."
Although this is not an extraordinary book, it's nice enough if you're looking for a good romance. The historical parts are rather well handled. I wish the initial fight lasted longer, and that some characters were more fleshed out, but other than that I was quite hooked.
I usually love historical books but this was not to good. Too short and not enough explanations regarding why Kjeld was removed from his tribe.Just did not like this at all.
Both the plot and the writing started out ok and then descended into the truly awful, I was very disappointed.
Reviewed by: DonGenre: M/M HistoircalRomanceRated: 3 hearts Check out the review at: Hearts On Fire Reviews