Thursday, July 16, 2015

*** Review of The Gladiator's Mistress (Champions of Rome #1) by Jennifer D. Bokal ***


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I really liked this book. I am a fan of historical romances. 
This book was filled with action and romance. It was mostly 
accurate, right down to the injustices of how young women
 were treated back then. I loved our hero Valens, he was 
brave and willing to try and better himself just because she
 suggested he could be more than just a gladiator. He may
 have been born a pleb but had more honor than most men 
of power. and he treated Phedra as an equal he saw her as 
more than a position. And oh Phedra she was strong smart 
and even though she had to marry a man she did not want.
 She did so with honor and respect for her husband. But oh so 
smart to strike the bargain she did with her father. A word of 
warning there are parts where you will want to scream at the
 injustices done to them and some spots that will bring you to 
tears. But this is a mark of a good book, If you can been 
drawn in emotionally, you know the writer put a piece of 
herself into the book. I hope you enjoy this book as much as 
I did. If you do like this book, please consider leaving a review. 
The Authors really like it when you do, they value your opinions too.

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. 



~*~*~ Jennifer D. Bokal ~*~*~

Jennifer D. Bokal penned her first book at age eight. An early
 lover of the written word, she decided to follow her passion 
and become a full-time writer. From then on, she didn’t look 
back. She earned a master of arts degree in creative writing
 from Wilkes University and became a member of the 
Romance Writers of America. She authored several short 
stories, poems, and feature articles, and in 2007 she 
published her first novel, Celtic Heart. Happily married to her
 own alpha male for twenty years, she enjoys writing stories 
that explore the wonders of love. Jen and her manly husband 
live in upstate New York with their three beautiful daughters, 
two aloof cats, and two very spoiled dogs.

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