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SWORD OF ROME
Genre: Historical Romance
O'Banyon continues the tale she began in Lord of the Nile by introducing Adhania, the now grown sister of Lord Ramtat. The historical facts are intriguing, and the effort of characters to foil the plot against Caesar is heartwarming. The sensual scenes are sparse but tender and hot.
Adhania is exiled to Queen Cleopatra's court to learn to be a lady. There, she continues to be enamored of Marcellus, whom she met in the desert.
Marcellus has loved Adhania since he saw her at a warrior's competition. When she's placed in his household, he will do anything to protect her, but he soon wonders how to protect her from herself. To further complicate matters, he must find out who is behind the treasonous plot to kill Caesar.
Together, Marcellus and Adhania work to aid their combined countries and try to find a way to overcome the law that forbids their marriage. (Leisure, Nov., 353 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed By: Faith V. Smith
Published: November 2007