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CELTIC FIRE
JOY NASH
ISBN# 0-505-52639-5
June 7, 2005
Dorchester Love Spell
www.dorchesterpub.com
Paperback
$5.99
309 Pages
Historical
Rating: 5 Cups

Rhiannon, Queen of the Celts, wants the Roman invaders off her land but knows this is a war they may not win.  She is also burdened by the secret that her people did something unholy while killing a Roman leader and expects their vengeance to be horrible and immediate. When she is captured by a Roman General, Lucius, in battle, she is attracted to him and develops deep feelings for an enemy who desires her and adores her. Rhiannon never forgets her responsibilities as Queen but must she give up the joy she has found.

Lucius has taken over his late brother's holdings near Rhiannon’s land and will be haunted by the murdered man's ghost until a Druid curse is lifted. When he captures her, their physical desire is obvious; but their feelings grow from simple lust to affection and caring.  Lucius wants answers about his brother's death, but Rhiannon can not help him without betraying her people; and her loyalty is one of the things he loves about her.

Celtic Fire is an excellent book with great characters and wonderful dialogue. Background characters, including the villains, are well done and add depth to the plot. The conquering of Britannia by the Romans along with pieces of Druid mythology are great backdrops to the love story and tie the novel together.  The sex is very romantic.   Even though Rhiannon is a captive, there is no doubt she is adored and loved by Lucius.

I really enjoy this book, especially Rhiannon's concern for her people and her place as a Celtic queen.  I love how the characters remain cognizant of their responsibilities as leaders while being deeply in love.  Celtic Fire is great romance, a great historical novel, and overall an excellent read.   

Anya Khan
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