Carissa Valeria distrusts the handsome soldier who rescues her reckless son from plunging to an early death. Recalling the man's heartless treatment of her from years ago, she itches to even the score, but her son hails the rescuer as a hero. When he becomes her neighbor, her son's friendship with the soldier threatens to uncover old secrets and place her family and her heCarissa Valeria distrusts the handsome soldier who rescues her reckless son from plunging to an early death. Recalling the man's heartless treatment of her from years ago, she itches to even the score, but her son hails the rescuer as a hero. When he becomes her neighbor, her son's friendship with the soldier threatens to uncover old secrets and place her family and her heart in danger.Exiled to the countryside by the Roman emperor, Maximus Octavius is confounded by the brittle countenance of the woman he's willing to befriend. She's afraid, and he's determined to find out why. But helping Carissa and her son means confronting the guilt of his long-forgotten past and stirring the silenced passion in his heart.Can Maximus win Carissa before fear and revenge tear them apart forever?...
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I received an e-ARC of this book and absolutely enjoyed it. I've always been intrigued by Ancient Rome and this author did a fabulous job with her world building. There was just enough history, woven with a deft hand, so as not to overwhelm the romance. The attraction between Carissa and Maximus builds nicely and their seperate stories are believable. Milo is an interesting, eccentric, old man, and one who made me smile. Carissa's son, Caius is a true delight and never takes away from the blossoming romance. As secrets are revealed and guilt over youthful errors confronted, Carissa and Maximus learn the true meaning of love, forgiveness, and family. This is book #1 of the Imperial Desire series. Read it, you won't be sorry. I can't wait for book #2.
Maximus is an excellent read, and an awesome start to this series. I would recommend everyone who likes historical novel to READ this!! Maximus and Carissa have tons of chemistry, humor and caring between them. I absolutely loved them both & didn't want the book to end! The plot is interesting, well written and surprising. I read it in a day. The setting is unique, and the overall dynamics between them as a couple is intriguing. The writing gives you a flavor for the historical setting without ever taking away from the story. The author keeps the relationship moving, and her overall style is refreshing, and interesting, so that you don't want to put the book down once you start it.This is a quality, must read. And I loved it!!! Can NOT wait for more!!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Lovely, fiesty Carissa and irresistible Maximus spar off each other in true gladiatorial fashion while little Caius strives to bring them together much to Carissa's annoyance. Secrets and old wounds simmer throughout as the author combines a clever plot of revenge and redemption with a steamy romance. The historical content is not heavy handed allowing an accurate depiction of Roman culture to filter naturally throughout the story. I'll definitely look for more by the same author. In fact I've just found the next one, Taurus, and can't wait to read it.If you like Roman Romance you'll love this!
This was a quick read, taking the reader back to an era I love to read and write about. The flavour of Ancient Rome is there, although the detail is light. The premise of a lengthy exile for Maximus, banned by the emperor of Rome, is an interesting one. That he must come to terms with his past, and fight to earn the love of Carissa, is balanced by the friendly relationship that develops between Maximus and her son. Does Carissa really hate her new neighbour? She does have some cause, I think!
What a lovely story. I really enjoyed every page ! Can not wait to read Taurus.