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From page one, you get insight into this very different world of Ancient Rome and our very appealing, tortured hero, Marcus. Marcus is a noble turned to a barbarian through awful secrets and betrayals. His story is one you can’t help sympathize with because it is so unfair. Though lowly, he is no doubt a champion inside the gladiator ring and outside of it, most especially when it comes to Gustina. Admittedly, I was completely into Marcus from the start. I’m a sucker for those darker, tortured yet strong males and he completely lived up to expectations.
Gustina was amazing as a strong heroine and Ms. Danna does a great job of emerging us into this ancient world. As awful as Gustina is treated and as awful as the realities of her life as a slave are, we as the readers have to face the fact that life for slaves in Ancient Rome was simply that, difficult and at times truly horrible. Gustina’s strength only makes you gasp in wonder at how she survives it all.
Gustina and Marcus’ relationship is one of passion and fire and I was engrossed throughout this entire book. I hated what they suffered through and their emotional roller coaster kept me flying through the pages. This is my first novel I’ve read of Ms. Danna’s and I was certainly not disappointed. In fact, I will definitely be reading quite a bit more of her work. And soon!
With that in mind I set out to read Gina Danna’s LOVE AND VENGEANCE, hopeful I could get my fill of something like “Spartacus,” because I no longer pay for Starz. Anyway, I was not at all disappointed! Squee!
Marcus, the gladiator, is a brooding, dark hero, but instantly falls for Gustina, the heroine. She’s a condemned slave, but Marcus saves her from a horrible death. They have immediate chemistry, which is understandable, since I pictured Marcus to look like one of the actors from “Spartacus.” Marcus keeps trying to save Gustina from the life of a slave, but, alas, she is, as is he. However reading about how Marcus tries everything he can to keep saving her is quite romantic, even if he is a demon-fueled killer.
There are some bad guys—who may or may not be a guy at all—of the book that also rival the “Spartacus’s” antagonists, because these are some baddies that make pathological look civil comparatively. Yeah, real bad, bad guys, who make Marcus’s goal that much harder, as well as there are a few cringe-worthy events.
The ending quite surprised me with a nice nod toward Gustina becoming a lot stronger and made the happily ever after that much more happier for me.
Even if I still had Starz, I’d eagerly look forward to Ms. Danna’s next in the Roman series!
Gustina was born a slave, knows no other life. But after being falsely accused of killing her mistress, she is sentenced to death in the arena by animals tearing her apart. She is awaiting her death and called to the arena with the others who are to die, when a dark, muscled man secrets her away from the others and saves her life. This man is Marcus, who just may have found a reason to live.
This story is gritty, bloody and a little graphic at times. I was a little lost at first with multiple Roman names, slaves and owners alike. The basic story is very entertaining, and has a few twists I was not expecting. Gustina and Marcus seem to have an impossible love, constantly being interfered with by outside influences neither have control of. I found the ending very satisfying.
I received this book from the publisher for an honest review.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ms. Danna weaves an intriguing tale about two slaves trying to survive in a world dictated by the wealthy and powerful Romans. Read morePublished on June 15, 2014 by Michelle Parker
Love & Vengeance
By Gina Danna
Ms. Danna’s tale of two slaves finding love among impossible odds is a compelling read. Read more
Marcus and Gustina both stand accused of crimes they didn't commit and both are sentenced to death in the arena. Read morePublished on May 29, 2014 by Kary Rader
First off, I have to mention that I enjoy reading all types of stories as long as they are romance novels, and some of the things that a book must have to make it a 5-star rating... Read morePublished on May 24, 2014 by Marie Higgins