Phaedra, a dutiful daughter of Rome’s most influential
senator, has no choice but to marry a man chosen by her
father. But a chance encounter with handsome gladiator
Valens Secundus sends her pulse racing—and, for the first
time, makes her wish she could choose her own fate.
They make each other a promise: she’ll insist on having the right
to select her next husband, and he’ll do everything within his
power to win his freedom.
A gladiatorial champion, Valens has fought his way up from
poverty to become a star in the arena. The only two things he
craves are his freedom and the luscious Phaedra, both
seemingly far out of reach. But four years after their fateful
meeting, Phaedra returns to Rome and soon becomes a
widow, and Valens answers to no one but himself. They’re
finally free to explore their fiery passion—while evading a
powerful and wealthy new suitor of Phaedra’s—until Valens
must return to the arena one last time. And in order for
Phaedra to control her own destiny and claim her love,
Valens will need to survive the battle of his life.