Release Date August 28, 2013
A dangerous love that Rome will never allow…
Driven by the knowledge he failed to protect his king and embittered at losing the woman he loves, Celtic warrior Gawain despises the lust he feels for the beautiful Roman patrician, Antonia. She is everything he’s never wanted in a woman, yet she ignites his passion like no other. Despite the danger of discovery he embarks on an illicit liaison with her, determined to uncover the reason for the infinite sorrow that haunts her eyes.
Newly arrived in Britannia from Rome, Antonia is inexplicably drawn to the cold, tough Celt whose touch stirs a desire she long thought died at the hands of her brutal former husband. With Gawain she learns the pleasure of sex and his unexpected tenderness thaws her frozen heart. But she hides a deadly secret that could be her undoing, and knows her growing feelings for him can lead nowhere. Yet when a shadow from her past threatens her future Antonia is torn between the Empire of her birth and betraying Gawain, the man she’s grown to love.
Inside Scoop: This medieval romance dabbles a wee bit in the paranormal.
A Romantica® historical erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave
Review by Venture
Tainted is an amazing story of a woman named Antonia. The story is set in the past right after Rome conquered Britannia. The story starts with her arriving in Britannia after her divorce and her now living with her father. It tells us the struggles she had to deal with in her marriage and the social caste of being a woman in ancient Rome. Arriving in Britannia she is hoping to finally have some control of her future and destiny. Even if her father and others think otherwise. She meets Gawain soon after her arrival. He doesn’t like Rome and anyone associated with them. Gawain is a warrior who lost much during the war and it has left him bitter. He sleeps with Roman woman that are attractive because he can conquer them and move on. He meets Antonia and feels she is just another Roman woman. She is just a conquest and nothing more. Antonia sees a man who she finds very attractive and a man who might take the place of the horrible memories left from her marriage.
I was captivated with the time period and the characters. The author is a genius story teller that makes you feel like your back there. You feel the characters emotions and connect with them. You can’t help admirer Antonia with her strength. It also makes you thankful that we aren’t back in time when Rome treated women so lowly. Antonia is a survivor and Gawain is a man with honor. To say I loved this book is an understatement. This book is a must read! 5 books!!!
About the Author
Christina loves writing dark tales of tough, sexy warriors who are brought to their knees by their heroines. A mystical touch of fantasy or paranormal usually weaves its way through her stories, although strangely enough this wasn’t her intention when she first starting writing her Roman/Druid romances. But when ancient gods and goddesses get involved, it’s best just to go with the flow J
She is published by Ellora’s Cave and Berkley Heat and has dipped her toe in the indie pub waters. She is a member of the Romance Writers of Australia, Romance Writers of America, the DarkSide Down Under Group Blog and Historical Hearts Group Blog.
Christina is an ex-pat Brit who now lives in sunny Western Australia with her family. She is also owned by three gorgeous cats who are convinced the universe revolves around their needs. They are not wrong.