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Christina Phillips is an ex-pat Brit who now lives in sunny Western Australia with her high school sweetheart and their family. She enjoys writing paranormal, historical and contemporary romance where the stories sizzle and the heroine brings her hero to his knees.
She is addicted to good coffee, expensive chocolate and bad boy heroes. She is also owned by three gorgeous cats who are convinced the universe revolves around their needs. They are not wrong.
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Captive by Christina Phillips Historical Romance -Feb. 1st, 2011 4 ½ stars
Captive is the second erotic historical written by Christina Phillips set in ancient Roman times. In this story, the magical Druids have been slowly taken over by the ruthless Roman army bent on world domination. Primal and sexy, I love this series.
Morwyn is one of the chosen Druids but she gave up the old ways when her lover was killed by the Romans. Although she did not love her lover, she feels responsible for his death and questions her faith. Set on revenge, she hopes to find a rumored Roman rebellion and join them. Disguised as merchants, she set out with fellow Druids only to be ambushed by vicious and corrupt Romans intent on looting and rape. Morwyn knows she will die but vows that they will not break her spirit. Suddenly, she is saved by a Gaul mercenary who threatens to reveal the Romans' illegal ambush if they do not let her go. The Gaul informs them they can keep their loot. They reluctantly agree because the Gaul is feared and trusted by their high ranking superiors. Morwyn feels the Gaul is a traitor to his people and wants nothing to do with him. But her traitorous body has other ideas. Soon Morwyn finds herself flirting with the scoundrel and enjoying his coarse company.
This second book is almost as thrilling as the first. I loved the interplay between the two main characters as the indomitable and sassy Morwyn flirts with the Gaul, Bren. Bren has been pretending to work with the Romans but is really a spy. His reputation is black and unsavory, but the author gives him a vulnerability and humanity that proves how worthy he actually is. It was fun to read how this sober and serious Bren lightens up under Morwyn's sensuous attack.Read more ›
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Christina Phillips latest novel, Captive (book 2 in the FORBIDDEN series) takes place in AD 50 at a time when the Romans were conquering all surrounding lands. This story takes place in Cymru, an island off the coast of Britain, where the Romans have killed and raped to overtake lands rich in minerals of gold, copper and lead. Lead by the Druids, the people of Cymru rebel and then flee to the Isle of Mon to recoup their strength and develop a plan to attack the Romans again.
One of the Druids is a priestess named Morwyn who is disillusioned by the Druids and wants to join the rebels to fight for her country. Another reason is the loss of her lover who was killed by the Romans. She decides to travel to Camulodunon, where her closest friend, Carys, now lives to try to persude her to join the rebels. She travels with traders along their route but are attacked by Roman soldiers who kill everyone but Morwyn. She is to be used for their pleasure and then killed.
Brennus is a loyal Briton soldier who is fighting undercover in the Roman army to gather valuable information that might possibly save Cymru from destruction. He accidentally comes upon the scene of the trader's murders and saves Morwyn from the brutality of the Roman soldiers. He does not believe in rape and torture and displeases his Roman army brothers by taking her under his protection.
Morwyn hates Bren even though he has saved her; she believes he will keep her for himself and rape her when they are alone. She fights him every step of the way, both physically and verbally. Through it all, Bren tries to keep a calm reserve understanding her behavior quite well. He also starts to lust after Morwyn admiring her strength and passion. But he will not force himself on her.Read more ›
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When the man she most admired and secretly loved betrayed not only herself but her people, Morwayn, a druid, lost faith in her god and her people. When she hears news that her friend was murdered, all Morwayn can think of is to avenge his death. To do that she must leave the secret isle where her people went into hiding after the Roman's invaded her land. Unfortunately, before she could find the encampment where the Briton king hides with the rest of the rebels, she is attacked by the Romans and the mercenaries who travel with them. Her savior comes in the unlikely from of a Gaul mercenary who claims her for his own and insists she accompany him on his mission throughout Roman occupied Briton. As they travel, Morwayn and the Gaul, two people on opposite sides of the war spectrum discover that not only does their passion blaze hot, but that they are not so different from each other as it first appeared.
I really enjoyed Forbidden, the first book in this series and I was eagerly looking forward to reading CAPTIVE. Unfortunately, CAPTIVE had a very slow start for me. After reading a couple pages, I put CAPTIVE down in preference to other reads. I believe the reason CAPTIVE had a slow start for me, is because I had serious issues with Morwayn for the first half of CAPTIVE.
In Forbidden I didn't really warm up to Morwayn's character and once I started reading CAPTIVE I found Morwayn hard and unyielding. I also found some of her reactions to situations (such as having a physical reaction to the hero right after she just escaped being raped and killed and treating her best friend - the heroine in the previous novel - as a traitor when it was proved that she was correct and justified in her actions) for lack of a better word, annoying.Read more ›
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