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THE GLADIATOR’S HONOUR
MICHELLE STYLES
ISBN: 0-263-84650-4
May 2006/September 2006 for North America
MILLS & BOON, Harlequin Mills & Boon Limited
Eton House, 18-24 Paradise Road, Richmond, Surrey TW9 1SR
Paperback
Price: $5.50
304 Pages
Historical Romance
Rating: 4 Cups

Julia Antonia risks an open scandal when she follows a man into the marketplace. There is something quite identifiable about him, and as she nears, he insists he knows what she has planned.

Gaius Gracchus Valens has seen many gladiatorial battles and through most of them, he has triumphed as a toughened survivor. He swims in masculinity rawness that tantalizes many females including one noblewoman that he finds hard to get out of his mind.

Julia had no idea that a twisted ankle would drop her into the company of Valens. As a Roman noblewoman, it is not proper to be involved with any man that is considered a slave but she is drawn to him completely. Her family is not too happy with her since she has already divorced her cruel husband bringing shame to the family. Her stepmother wishes her to marry someone in the Senate for better social grace and not involve herself with anyone that would cause an open scandal. Valens tries to stay clear of Julia, realizing that she only represents the life he once had but each day with her brings him closer. He is a gladiator with a harsh life, often ending in hurt or death once he enters the ring. The flames of desire the two shares slowly build until Valens’ hand is forced to fight the battle for final victory to gain Julia’s heart.

Gladiator’s Honour is an enjoyable read. The picturesque detail is so vivid I could practically picture the costumes, the arena, and everyone cheering the events as the gladiators took center stage. Ms. Styles blends passion with a dash of descriptive history into Rome as Julia and Valens’ romance laces the pages. She fashions a most refreshing story and I look forward to more of her works.

Cherokee
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