Rome, 81 AD - Former merchant turned slave and gladiator trainee, Quintus Ambustus will do almost anything to earn his freedom. Enslaved for his faith in Christ, he hopes someday to find a Christian woman to marry and share his life. A friend of Quintus's master, Adiona Leonia is one of wealthiest, most beautiful women in Rome. She has good reason to despise men and has vowed never to wed. Although each of them is attracted to the other, they're determined to fight their feelings. But when an attacker threatens Adiona's life and Quintus is made her protector, neither can resist their fascination for the other. As Adiona learns to trust, first Quintus, and then his God, Quintus learns the Lord's gifts sometimes come in the most unexpected packages and in ways he never dreamed possible.
Another great book from Carla. I enjoyed this book as much as the first. After reading The Gladiator I really wanted to read Quintus and Adiona's story and I wasn't disappointed. Right from the start this book is full of action. Quintus becomes a bodyguard for Adiona and it is here we learn more of both there histories. In the prologue we learn alot about what it is like to be a girl in early Rome. We learn girls are not valued and were treated badly. I didn't realize it was like this for girls back then also. I love how the book unfolds and admit I was often wondering what would happen next. Great read.