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LADY OF THE ETERNAL CITY by Kate Quinn…a review

Genre: Historical  Fiction
Series: Empress of Rome #4
Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.
  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (March 3, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425259633
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425259634


(Courtesy of Goodreads)
National bestselling author Kate Quinn returns with the long-awaited fourth volume in the Empress of Rome series, an unforgettable new tale of the politics, power, and passion that defined ancient Rome.

Elegant, secretive Sabina may be Empress of Rome, but she still stands poised on a knife’s edge. She must keep the peace between two deadly enemies: her husband Hadrian, Rome’s brilliant and sinister Emperor; and battered warrior Vix, who is her first love. But Sabina is guardian of a deadly secret: Vix’s beautiful son Antinous has become the Emperor’s latest obsession.

Empress and Emperor, father and son will spin in a deadly dance of passion, betrayal, conspiracy, and war. As tragedy sends Hadrian spiraling into madness, Vix and Sabina form a last desperate pact to save the Empire. But ultimately, the fate of Rome lies with an untried girl, a spirited redhead who may just be the next Lady of the Eternal City . . .

LADY OF THE ETERNAL CITY by Kate Quinn is an interesting Historical Fiction. #4 in the “Empress of Rome” series, but can be read as a stand alone set in Second century Romance.  Another great story by Ms. Quinn! Filed with passion, betrayal, danger, murder, court intrigue, and romance.
Ms. Quinn is a masterful storyteller of Second Century Rome, it’s history, and she brings the story to life on the pages of her storytelling.
Filled with drama, and relationships between an Empress, an Emperor, friends, assassins, and so much more.
A Historical fiction fans delight from beginning to end. If you enjoy Rome history, court intrigue, and multifaceted relationships, than I would strongly recommend this fascinating tale.
*Some content may be sensitive or offensive to some readers*
*Received for an honest review from the publisher*
Rating: 4
Heat rating: Mild
Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More


The Lion and the RoseTHE LION AND THE ROSE


Genre: Historical Romance

Series: The Borgias #2

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

  • Series: A Novel of the Borgias
  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade (January 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425268764
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425268766


From the national bestselling author of The Serpent and the Pearl comes the continuing saga of the ruthless family that holds all of Rome in its grasp, and the three outsiders thrust into their twisted web of blood and deceit . . .

As the cherished concubine of the Borgia Pope Alexander VI, Giulia Farnese has Rome at her feet. But after narrowly escaping a sinister captor, she realizes that the danger she faces is far from over—and now, it threatens from within. The Holy City of Rome is still under Alexander’s thrall, but enemies of the Borgias are starting to circle. In need of trusted allies, Giulia turns to her sharp-tongued bodyguard, Leonello, and her fiery cook and confidante, Carmelina.

Caught in the deadly world of the Renaissance’s most notorious family, Giulia, Leonello, and Carmelina must decide if they will flee the dangerous dream of power. But as the shadows of murder and corruption rise through the Vatican, they must learn who to trust when every face wears a mask . . .

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THE LION AND THE ROSE by Kate Quinn is an interesting Historical Fiction set in 1494 to 1498 Rome. The continuing saga of the Borgia family. But can be read as a stand alone.  The Borgia family was a  ruthless family that held Rome in its grasp and the three outsiders who may just bring them down. Get caught up in the web of deceit, power, danger, religion, blood, murder, corruption and fear. Rome, where passions run wild,and secrets are everywhere. The Holy City of Rome, is under Borgia Pope Alexander VI’s clutches. His concubine, Giulia Farnese, her sharp-tongued, dwarf bodyguard, Leonello, and her cook and confidante, Carmelina play a dangerous game of cat and mouse. Giulia is married but her husband traded her for the Pope’s favors. The Vatican is dangerous, powerful and corrupt to say the least.

Fast paced, and danger filled from beginning to end. If you enjoy the Renaissance era, the Borgia’s(one of Rome’s most notorious family) and the many mask people wear, than you are in for a real treat with “The Lion and The Rose. Ms. Quinn is a wonderful storyteller, she brings intrigue and drama to life and to a new level in Historical Fiction.  The characters are interesting as well as complex. A riveting story of the ancient world of Rome. I was amazed at all the Vatican got away with and could do in the name of religion and power. What an intriguing tale! It is hard to tell rather love even existed during this era. I am sure it did, but, don’t know that the Borgia’s understood the concept. A very dramatic and emotional story! Received for an honest review from the publisher.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book  Addiction and More

REVIEW~ WILL HE? by Linda Heavner Gerald….



Genre: Christian Suspense/Thriller/Drama

Source: Received for an honest review from the author.

  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: PublishAmerica (February 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1424126118
  • ISBN-13: 978-1424126118

Book Description(Amazon)

February 4, 2013
Will He? Was the Lombardi family really cursed? Most everyone in the small village of Frascati, Italy, believed it. When Laura visited her home in the beautiful village only minutes away from Rome, her life changed from the protected little rich girl in Newport, Rhode Island. While learning to adjust to a new life, she also learned to respect the father whom she never understood. Frascati also relinquished secrets of her family going back to generations of the famous and infamous male artists. Italy not only charmed Laura but, while there, she learned the real meaning of family and love. Evil was also lurking for her. Much history of the region is discussed as are the restaurants and shopping available in the Eternal City. You will fall in love with the Italian way of life, but agree that home is really where the heart is. The ending will surprise and thrill you. Truly, you will regret to see Will He? end.


WILL HE? by Linda Heavner Gerald is an intriguing inspirational suspense/thriller/drama set in Frascati, Italy and in Newport, Rhode Island with a few other places along the way . Follow the  Lombardi family,especially,Laura on a journey of secrets,family and love. Fast paced but filled with tragic events. While,Laura tries to adjust to a new life,she learns to respect her family,and that evil lurks nears by.”Will He?” is filled with generations of secrets and some that villagers believe the family is cursed. A delightful story which will transport you to the sites and smells of Italy. Well written with engaging characters and an intriguing plot. This author is an author to watch for in the future. You will not be disappointed in “Will He?”. Received for an honest review from the author.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More




Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.




Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (June 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800721381
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800721381


Claudia’s life did not start easily. The illegitimate daughter of Julia, reviled and exiled daughter of Caesar Augustus, Claudia spends her childhood in a guarded villa with her mother and grandmother. When Tiberius, who hates Julia, takes the throne, Claudia is wrenched away from her mother to be brought up in the palace in Rome. The young woman is adrift-until she meets…more


CLAUDIA: WIFE OF PONTIUS PILATE by Diana Wallis Taylor is a inspirational Historical Romance set 24 AD. Once again this author has enriched us with her vivid descriptions,and engaging characters.  Follow,biblical characters Martha and Pontius Pilate on a journey of love,peace,faith,controversy,rebellion,and romance. A powerful and compelling story from beginning to end. A very inspiring story written in this author’s usual style. You feel as if you are there as intrigue,passion,and drama takes place on the pages of “Claudia: Wife of Pontius Pilate. If you enjoy reading about Biblical characters as they come together through the pages of this story than this is the story for you to read. Received for an honest review from the publisher.

“Available June 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More


The Bronze and the Brimstone



Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy/Post-Dystopian Fiction/Time-Travel

Series:The Verona Trilogy #2

Source: Received for an honest review from  the author/publicist.

  • Reading level: Ages 13 and up
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Fiction Std (June 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936558084
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936558087


What could go wrong in the 14th-century for three time-traveling teens? How about – EVERYTHING!

Hansum, Shamira and Lincoln, three teens from the 24th century, are trapped in 14th-century Verona, Italy. They’ve survived many deadly experiences by keeping their wits about them and by introducing futuristic technology into the past. Principal among these inventions is the telescope, which brought them to the attention of the rich and powerful.

But standing out can get you into unexpected and dangerous situations. The nobles of Verona now believe Hansum is a savant, a genius inventor, especially after he brings them plans for advanced cannons and black powder. Being the center of attention is great, but the potential for trouble is now exponentially greater because people are watching Hansum’s every move.

Meanwhile, artistic genius Shamira has fallen for a Florentine artist with bloody and disastrous consequences. Lincoln, considered an incompetent back home in the 24th-century, has blossomed – at least until he’s shot in the head with an arrow. And Hansum, after secretly marrying his new master’s beautiful daughter, Guilietta, is offered the hand in marriage of lady Beatrice, daughter of the ruler of Verona. To refuse could mean calamity for all the teens.

Amazingly, none of this is their biggest challenge. Because a rash illness is spreading across Verona – and it is threatening to consume everyone.

Do they have a future in this past?

ABOUT LORY KAUFMANLorys-pic-for-Bronze-color-2-300x187-1

“I write Post-Dystopian fiction. After society’s collapse, which is imagined in so many great dystopian stories, humans will either fade into history, with the dinosaurs, or, if it learns the right lessons, society will go on to construct a civilization to last tens of thousands of years. History Camp stories are the exciting adventures of young people doing the latter.” -Lory Kaufman

On the artistic side of Lory’s career, he’s written, acted and directed children’s theatre and musical theatre. He enjoys art, especially sculpture. He loves science fiction and historical fiction and he has been deeply involved in the green movement all across North America. All this shows through when you read his work. Lory has three grown children and works and lives in Kingston, Canada.

To find out more about Lory visit


THE BRONZE AND THE BRIMSTONE by Lori S. Kaufman is an interesting Post-Dystopian Fiction/Time Travel/Young Adult. Book #2 of “The Verona Trilogy”,but can be read as a stand alone, with re-appearing characters and a few new ones. See,”The Lens and the Looker”. Three teens are trapped in 14th-century Verona, Italy,from the 24th century. What a culture shock for these teens. Follow, Hansum, Shamira and Lincoln,as their journey continues through 14th- century Italy. With danger,a blossoming love interest,a marriage offer, a fast spreading illness,what could go wrong? Plenty and everything….An interesting tale of time-travel,history,a roller coaster of a ride,twists and turns for these teens. In interesting plot with engaging and believable characters. If you enjoy travel,post dystopian,14th century Itlay, you will enjoy this interesting and exciting title. Received for an honest review from the author/publicist.



REVIEWED BY:  AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews


A CELT IN ROME by William V. Crockett…review..



Genre: Historical Fiction

Source: Received for an honest review from the author.

Paperback:556 pages

Publisher:Crockett Holdings, LLC (January 4, 2012)



ISBN-13: 978-0984860210

Book Description(from Amazon)

Publication Date: January 4, 2012
A Celt in Rome is the sequel to Worlds Apart, a fascinating novel, riveting from the first page to the last. It’s a compelling tale of a woman’s determined search for her lost love, and a journey that leads her from the highlands of Britannia to the most sophisticated city in the Roman Empire. As the beautiful Neeve travels to Rome, her legionary husband heads in the opposite direction to the wilds of Dacia, his every step shadowed by a talented and relentless assassin. Crockett’s novel has characters that are wonderfully alive and wholly believable. It’s a story about trust and betrayal, love and death, courage and compassion. We find ourselves swept along to its inevitable, but victorious conclusion.


A CELT IN ROME by William V. Crockett is set in the second century Romam Empire. It is the sequel to “World’s Apart”,but can be read as a stand alone. It is an story of lost love,second chances,betrayal,deceit,courage,compassion and assassins. It is an epic tale of love,and trust. Follow Neeve,and the rest of the characters journey from Britannia to Rome. Enter their world through the pages of “A Celt In Rome”. A fast paced,adventure filled trip through the Roman Empire,the dangers,sacrifice and its people.A must read for anyone who enjoys Roman’s second century,and Roman history.A riveting story from the first page to the last and beyond. Received for an honest review from the author. Details can be found at the author’s website, Crockett Holdings, LLC and My Book Addiction and More.


HEAT:Sweet: No sex or scenes of physical intimacy except some kissing. No graphic violence or profanity.

REVIEWED BY: My Book Addiction and More

ARIES FIRE by Elaine Edelson….



Story Merchant
268 pages
Available at Barnes & Noble
SOURCE: Received for an honest review from the author.

Overview(from author’s website)

The Roman Empire. 415 AD. Renowned scholar Hypatia of Alexandria is brutally murdered. Why? And by whom?

Hypatia’s death leaves her 17 year old bastard daughter, Seira, fleeing for her life…herself a target for extermination. Alone and homeless, Seira is thrust into a life of struggle and survival amidst the rise of the Catholic Papacy and the savage Roman battles with the Huns.

So begins Aries Fire, an epic historical fiction spanning three continents and two decades during the surgent Roman Christian campaign to swallow the Eastern and Western European territories.

During her seafaring escape from Egypt to Ashkelon, the sea captain and protector Alexander falls in love with the young Seira. But once in Ashkelon, the rabbinical scholar Isaac and wise ‘seer’ Kiki take Seira under their tutelage, conceal her identity for her safety, and immerse her in medical studies and mysticism.

The fates relentlessly test Seira’s mettle as she searches for her mother’s murderer and her father’s identity.

In Spain, Seira is found out and becomes the target of a Hun political kidnapping gone awry. She saves the life of the great Khan, Attila, who befriends her.  Attila–seeing the rage consume Seira and her bitterness with the world and her fate–channels her anger and shapes Seira into a commanding warrior and strategist. Attila is enraptured by Seira as he discovers what a strong, independent, and willful woman she truly is.

Seira is now torn between Alexander and Attila, lovers who vie for her affection and attention. Two great men, one powerful woman.

Her epic journey across Europe and the Middle East throws Seira onto a never ending precipice of conspiracy, war, passion, mysticism, initiation, and self discovery. What Seira ultimately discovers could cost her her life. It’s a secret that can destroy an empire and change the tides of history.



ARIES FIRE by Elaine Edelson is an exciting historical fiction set in 415 AD Roman Empire. This is an action packed,fast paced non-stop adventure with intrigue,suspense,romance,and tragedy. The Empire Roman may be at risk and they will do whatever and harm whoever gets in their way.The Catholic Papacy,Romans savage battle with the Huns,a kidnapping,rape,brutal battles,the need for survival and the struggle to survive,the heroine,Seira has her life laid out before her. While, Seira,is torn between two men Attila,the Hun, and Alexander,the Sea Captain,she is determined to find the truth of her mother’s tragic death and who her father is,why he is determined to be rid of her and her mother. A fascinating look into the world of the early Romans,the Huns,the Catholic church,and christianity in the early years. A must read! This author has gathered a wealth of information,with characters who not only capture your heart but who will also have you turning pages as you go with these characters on their flight for survival during the turbulent years of the Roman Empire. An epic journey of sacrifice,love,and war as Seira travels across Europe and the Middle East with a secret that could very well turn the tides of history. I enjoyed “Aries Fire”from the first page to the last page. Received for an honest review from the author. Details can be found at the author’s website,Merchant,and My Book Addiction and More.




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