Feb 27, 2013

BSBP 7: Second Helpings

I really consider myself blessed in my two partner for the Bead Soup Blog Party.   I just had to share all the incredible goodies that I got from Laura of Blue Antiquities.  I have to admit that Laura amazes me in that she is busy with three kids but still found the time to make the beautiful floral focal.  I can hardly wait to get starting on this soup.  Now remember that according to the rules I have to use the pendant and the clasp though I can't see myself not using a lot more of my soup and coming up with a few different designs.
Feb 26, 2013

Book Review: Firebrand

At the end of the sixteenth century, religious upheaval brings fear, superstition, and doubt to the lives of mortals. Yet unbeknownst to them, another world lies just beyond the Veil: the realm of the Sithe, a fierce and beautiful people for whom a full-mortal life is but the blink of an eye. The Veil protects and hides their world…but it is fraying at the edges, and not all think it should be repaired.

Discarded by his mother and ignored by his father, sixteen-year-old Seth MacGregor has grown up half wild in his father’s fortress, with only his idolized older brother, Conal, for family. When Conal quarrels with the Sithe queen and is forced into exile in the full-mortal world, Seth volunteers to go with him.

But life beyond the Veil is even more dangerous than they expected, and Seth and Conal soon find themselves embroiled in a witch-hunt—in which they are the quarry. Trapped between the queen’s machinations at home and the superstitious violence of the otherworld, Seth must act before both of them are fed to the witch-hunters’ fires…

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Brimming with intrigue, danger and suspense FIREBRAND grabs the reader's attention with a scene where Seth is getting ready to kill Conal and continues on from there.  There are a few pauses to allow the reader to catch their breath and then  we are onto another adventure.  
Ms Philip as chosen an unusual format in that the book reads as an autobiography or a journal of Seth's.  Unusual as I said but it really works.  I was able to really get into Seth's mind and get to know him as flawed as he is.  He is writing about things that happened to him in the past so there is a lot of foreshadowing about things that happen later.  I was entranced by his story and the stories of his brother Conal as well as the rest of the people that are important in Seth's life.

This is one fantasy world that I plan on following and am really looking forward to the next release in the series.  It is a cold and brutal world with unexpected joys.   I really recommend this  book to lovers of fantasy who are looking for a different twist. 
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Feb 24, 2013

Beautiful Things

I have been doing my beautiful things for over a year now and I think that its time has passed especially as I will be doing a weekly feature on both Friday and Saturdays. Perhaps I will do one monthly just to share the good things that had happened, or maybe not.  I really haven't decided yet.

Right now I am in flux.  What I do know is that I won't be slowing down on the amount of posts.  There will still be my book reviews and various ramblings.  I also want to focus more on my jewelry and becoming a better photographer so you will be seeing more of that.

Oh and speaking about my jewelry.  My husband Saje is going to be taking over the business end..  I enjoy making it but I don't like to think about the business end of the deal.  I am rather excited about this as it means all I have to do is go play in my studio and hopefully having money coming back in for purchases.
Feb 23, 2013

Focus on Life: Week 8

Focus on Life is the the brainchild of Sally Russick of Studio Sublime.  Each week Sally will send us out a topic that we are supposed to capture in a photo or photos.  I am actually joining in late as this is my first week but this is going to be a weekly feature every Saturday.  I hope that you enjoy seeing these pictures as much as I enjoy taking them.

The theme this week is monochrome.  I had really planned on getting out and getting some great pictures.  Alas I wasn't able to follow through.  It is dark by the time I get off work and my day off was filled with doctor's appointments for my husband.  I did take one of the pics that I took last summer and played with it.  This one was taken in Wright Park which is one of my favorite parks here in Washington.

I also did get a good picture of Monster who is our overgrown polydactal kitty.  He is just such a lover and unfortunately he is too big to lay in my lap.  At his last weigh in he was 18 pounds and very little of that is fat.

Now that you have seen my pics be sure to check out all the pictures being shown.  There are some super talented photographers taking part in this weekly event.  Just click here for the links.
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Feb 22, 2013

Yeaf of Jewelry Project: Week 8

Whew.  This project almost didn't get done this week.  I got in my bead soup from Bonnie and I was having fun playing with that when BAM my fibro started to act up.

Our prompt for this week was multiples.  My original plan was to make a couple bracelet using these fun acrylic beads.  As I was running out of time however I had to settle for one bracelet and earrings which form a set.  I decided that a set is also multiples.  I still have the other bracelet laid out on my work table and I plan on finishing it up this weekend.

This set is also for sale.  The bracelet alone is $20, the earrings alone are $15 or you can get the entire set for $30.
Feb 21, 2013

BSBP Meet My Partner

I was lucky enough to have two partners for the Bead Soup Blog Party and I would like to introduce you to my second partner Laura of Blue Antiquities.

In chatting back and forth I have discovered that I have a bit in common with each other including the fact that we have both been blessed with Fibromyalgia.  Laura is a super talented lady who really caught my attention during the last BSBP when she did up a series based on the Titanic.  She also has a shop on Etsy named Blue Antiquities.  Here are a couple of the designs that Laura has up for sale that really caught my attention.

I am really looking forward to working with Laura and I hope that she enjoys what I sent out to her.

Edited:  I had randomly decided that Laura's name should be Linda today.  I corrected it.
Feb 20, 2013

Upcoming. Sea and Sand Blog Hop

Be sure to stop by on March 9th to check out the necklace I have made using the fun beads above.  This blog hop is the brainchild of Lisa over at Pine Ridge Treasures.
Feb 19, 2013

ABS Monthly Challenge

Heijinja, 1941
Tōshi Yoshida
Woodblock Print

One of my goals for the past couple years has been to complete all twelve of the monthly challenges that Art Bead Scene.  I haven't succeeded yet but my word this year is commitment and I am committed to reach this goal this year.  Of course the fact that the paintings chosen so far this year are so inspiring that my muse Serenity won't leave me alone until I pay tribute with a piece of jewelry.

What really captured my interest in this work was the sense that everything is just as it should be.  Such a feeling of peace.  I also really enjoyed the use of color from the pale pink of the blossoms to the deep orange of the temple.  There is also a feel of simplicity that I tried to bring to my necklace.  Sometimes simpler really is better.

The orange lampwork beads and the orange ring right on top of the wooden dragon are made by Out West.  The pale pink silk string is from Marsha Neal Studios.

Feb 18, 2013

Book Review: The Fetish Book-Open All Night

Virginal twenty-four-year-old Mary has just inherited a sex shop in Florida from her mother. After a long drive from California, she arrives at her deceased mother’s house only to be confronted immediately with two equally sexy strangers: the strong, silent John and the irreverent, taunting Max. She’s innocent, almost completely untouched, but feels a completely uncharacteristic pull to each man. Shocking even herself, she realizes it’s not an unwelcome desire.

Max is a playboy who knows how to give women what they want, but John… John might just be able to give Mary something even she doesn’t know she needs…

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I found THE FETISH BOX: OPEN ALL NIGHT to be a very hot quick read.  I loved how Mary, who is a painter, would see everything as an artist would.  I was rather surprised that she didn't carry around a sketchbook with her.  The characters of Max and John are both very hot but I would preferred to have a bit more insight into them.

Okay let's get this out of the way.  I very much enjoy erotica when it is done right which includes having a plot.  THE FETISH BOX: OPEN ALL NIGHT is a shorter story being as it is only 79 pages long but that is more then long enough to have a good storyline as well as some character development.  In this case however it is all about the sexual tension and the sex.  Very disappointing.

Another thing that I found disappointing was the ending.  There is no conclusion, that is unless you purchase the next in this serial.  And no guarantees on that either.   I would have really appreciated a warning that THE FETISH BOX is not a complete book but instead a part of a serial saga almost like a soap opera.

Try as I might I really can't rate this book higher then a 2.  And I do want to warn you that this story is for adults only and it does have references to BDSM.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.
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Feb 17, 2013

Beautiful Things

It has been a good week overall and how I love being able to start this post of with these words.  When I am typing them up I always picture going back in a few years and rereading these posts.   Kinda like snapshots into the past. 

  • We went out on Wednesday to Pasta Freska for Valentine's Day.  I just love Groupon.  Where else can I find a deal for 7 courses for 2 people for less then $40.  I tend to purchase the deals when they come around as they are good for at least 6 months.
  • Last night was our Chocolate potluck.  So many good things to enjoy.  I swear I ate so much that I probably gained ten pounds.
  • I received my first batch of bead soup yesterday and I plan on spending part of the day today playing with it.  Bonnie of Jasper Gems really spoiled me!
  • I had a real surprise in the mail on Friday.  A friend of mine sent me the most gorgeous bracelet for a belated Yule gift.

Feb 16, 2013

BSBP 2013 Ingredients

I was so excited when I went to my mailbox and found a package from Bonnie, my partner for the first serving of my soup.  Bonnie had packaged it up so nicely in a really fun box.  I am not sure how she knew that I collected boxes.  And when I opened the box the beautiful packaging continued.  And I am so proud of myself in that I remembered to grab my camera before I dug in.

Bonnie more then spoiled me and presented such a beautiful challenge.  I don't tend to use such large beads and I have never worked with coral before.  I love the write up that Bonnie included letting me know that it has the power to reconnect one with nature and to attract love and prosperity.  Well I have the love already but with Saje being disabled I can really use the prosperity.

And just check out that gorgeous clasp.  I am turning ideas over in my mind for someway to have it front and center.  Remember what I said about being spoiled?  Bonnie also included a set of prayer beads and a goddess for as an extra gift for me.

Thank you so much Bonnie and I hope that your ingredients arrive really soon. 

For more information on the Bead Soup Blog Party be sure to click here.
Feb 15, 2013

Year of Jewelry: Week 7

Whew...  I have kept up with the program for seven weeks now.  And I have found that I really enjoy the fact that I am committed to making one piece a week.  I don't know... in a way it really frees me.  I take the word or concept that is suggested and roll it around in my mind.  I make it my own; some in predictable ways , some not so expected.  I hope that you have been enjoying having a companion pass for the journey.

The topic of the week was 'Off the Cuff'.  Now a lot of people are making cuff bracelets but I don't really care for them.  I don't like the strictures that they apply.  I want dangles and little jingling noises.   Well I want movement.  So I went with a charm bracelet. 

I also wanted one that would pay homage to love because of yesterday.  But I didn't want it so in for face that it could only be worn on Valentine's Day.  I think that I succeeded.  What do you think?
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Feb 13, 2013

Book Review: Out of Nowhere

 High school senior Tom Bouchard doesn't care about his options, until he meets people who have almost none.

At Maquoit High School, Tom Bouchard has it made: captain and star of the soccer team, boyfriend to one of the prettiest, most popular girls, and third in his class, likely to have his pick of any college, if he ever bothers filling out his applications. But life in his idyllic small Maine town quickly gets turned upside down after the events of 9/11.

Enniston has become a “secondary migration” location for Somali refugees, who are seeking a better life after their country was destroyed by war—they can no longer go home. Tom hasn’t thought much about his Somali classmates until four of them join the soccer team, including Saeed. He comes out of nowhere on the field to make impossible shots, and suddenly the team is winning, dominating even; but when Saeed’s eligibility is questioned and Tom screws up in a big way, he’s left to grapple with a culture he doesn’t understand and trying to take responsibility for his actions. Saeed and his family came out of nowhere and vanish just as quickly. And Tom may find himself going nowhere, too, if he doesn’t start trying to get somewhere.

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I really wasn't really quite sure what to expect when I started OUT OF NOWHERE but what I got was a thought provoking story that kept me up until after two in the morning.  I learned a bit about the Somali culture and some about the Muslim religion.  I saw how our school systems become overwhelmed when several family of refugees move into an area.  I watched  the protagonist  Tom grow up and learn about taking responsibility for his actions and how those actions can effect others.  

 It struck home how so many things that we take for granted are not available everywhere.  Something as simple as having a birth certification or even knowing the day that you are born is not as common as one would think.  These refugees come from a world that I have problems imagining yet they come here full of hope that things might be better for them. 

I have read in the news about issues surrounding refugees from various countries but it wasn't until I read OUT OF NOWHERE that it really struck home with me.  Yes this is a Young Adult novel but I recommend to people of all ages.  It can really be an eye opening.  I rate this book a 4.6.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.
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Feb 12, 2013

Review: Cafe Escapes

As everyone knows I am a chocoholic and I love my chai lattes yet I hadn't been able to find any that I was satisfied with for my Keurig.  It was quite annoying really and I had about given up.  And then Cafe Escapes came to my rescue.  Their products are aptly name because they really do take you away for a sweet, relaxing escape.

The first one that I tried was the Chai Latte.  This has to be the best instant Chai that I have ever had.  It was rich, creamy and had a nice spice load.  It was just what I was looking for when I curled up with a good book. 

The next day I was laying down in a dark room listening to a book on my Ipod and trying to fight off a migraine.  My husband was nice enough to make me up Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa.  This had to be my favorite of the Cafe Escapes.  It was rich and dark with just a hint of a bite.  It was delicious on its own and became positively decadent when I added a touch of half-n-half.  The taste even made me forget about my headache for a bit.

Last night I made up my final hot chocolate, the Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa.  Frankly this one wasn't in the league with the other two.  I found that the sweetness overrode the chocolate flavor.  It actually reminded me of Cocoa Puffs.  However I can see this one being a big hit with the kids.

I was really impressed by both the Chai Latte and the Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa.  These are ones that I plan on stocking for myself.  Cafe Escapes also have some coffees which my husband will be writing up a review on since he is the coffee drinker in the family so keep an eye out for that review also.

I also have a couple coupons for the first two people that leave a reply asking for them.

***I received the products at no charge through BzzAgent.  I want to thank both BzzAgent and Cafe Escapes for providing this opportunity to discover some new favorites.
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Book Review: The Water Witch

After casting out a dark spirit, Callie McFay, a professor of gothic literature, has at last restored a semblance of calm to her rambling Victorian house. But in the nearby thicket of the Honeysuckle Forest, and in the currents of the rushing Undine River, more trouble is stirring. . . .

The enchanted town of Fairwick’s dazzling mix of mythical creatures has come under siege from the Grove: a sinister group of witches determined to banish the fey back to their ancestral land. With factions turning on one another, all are cruelly forced to take sides. Callie’s grandmother, a prominent Grove member, demands her granddaughter’s compliance, but half-witch/half-fey Callie can hardly betray her friends and colleagues at the college.

To stave off disaster, Callie enlists Duncan Laird, an alluring seductive academic who cultivates her vast magical potential, but to what end? Deeply conflicted, Callie struggles to save her beloved Fairwick, dangerously pushing her extraordinary powers to the limit—risking all, even the needs of her own passionate heart.

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This book begins a few months after Callie has cast out her incubus, Liam, who she still misses despartely.  She is determined to make it on her own however and is enjoying fixing up and personalizing her Victorian house.  That is until she is called upon to open the door so that Undines can cross over to the other side.  I found that Callie has matured because of her experiences in the last book and it makes for a much more interesting character.

We come across the same cast of characters as were in The Demon Lover though they don't seem to take as much of a roll in this book.  It is more about Callie and just how she is going to save Fairwick from her grandmother and the Grove.

Like I said this is the second book in the series and while you don't need to read the first book to really enjoy this one, I do recommend it as it will give you a better background of the town, the college and the townsfolk.  I do recommend this book to lovers of the paranormal romance.  A gentle warning to my readers, this is a very sensuous book and you might not find it appropriate for the younger generation.  I rate this book a 3.6.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.

Feb 11, 2013

Introducing....Bonnie of Jasper Gems

I have really good feelings about this Bead Soup Blog Hop as I have a wonderful partner in Bonnie of Jasper Gems,  She creates wonderful Prayer Beads and she has some gorgeous cloak clasps in her shop.  Bonnie is also a warm and caring individual who shares her life with some unusual felines.  Be sure to check out her blog to discover more. 

Oh and the picture above?  That is just a photo of what I sent Bonnie.  It's so much fun to be a tease at times.
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Book Review: Hard Day's Knight

Lots of Vampires. No Sparkles. Serious Snark.
Children are missing.
The police are stumped.
Halloween is coming, and an ancient evil is on the horizon.
The vampires are the good guys.

This is not your ordinary fall weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina. Vampire private detectives Jimmy Black and Greg Knightwood have been hired to save a client from being cursed for all eternity, but end up in a bigger mess than they ever imagined. 

Suddenly trapped in the middle of a serial kidnapping case, Jimmy and Greg uncover a plot to bring forth an ancient evil. Soon, they've enlisted the help of a police detective, a priest, a witch, a fallen angel and a strip club proprietor to save the world. This unlikely band of heroes battles zombies, witches, neuroses and sunburn while cracking jokes and looking for the perfect bag of O-negative. 

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What's not to love about a snarky Buffy loving vampire?   The vampires aren't sexy, in fact they look exactly as they did at the time of change along with the extra or lack of pounds.  They, both Jimmy and his partner Greg, are still the same geeks as before with the same problems with women and a fondness for children and the underdog.  What they did gain was increased speed, a craving for blood, and ability to help out those kids and underdogs.

The dialogue in HARD DAY'S KNIGHT, both internal and external, is what really makes this book.  I learned the hard way to not both read this book and take a drink of tea.  I really tend to prefer snarkiness over sexiness any day of the week though I definitely don't mind both. I mean seriously how many 'I am too sexy for...' does a girl need?

Mr. Harkness has done a fantastic job with the characters of this band of misfits.  And I am really hoping to read further books in this series.  I really recommend this book to anyone who prefers their vampires with a sense of humor.  I rate this book a 3.9.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.

Feb 10, 2013

Beautiful Things

Had a lot of things happening this week.  It has really been a week of new beginnings.

  1. I was assigned my partner for the Bead Soup Blog Hop 2013.  Her name is Bonnie Coursolle and she lives up in Canada.  Lori, who is the lovely hostess for this blog hop, really did well in matching us as we have so much in common.  Be sure to check out her lovely blog at Jasper's Gems.
  2. I also set up a shop for my jewelry. Things are rather tight around here so it is about time that I stopped just putting money out on jewelry and started to bring some in.  I don't have a lot there yet but be sure to keep an eye out on Shaiha Designs.
  3. My sister Beth whom I haven't had much to do with for the past several years contacted me on Facebook to ask if we could try to be friends.  I was really surprised at this but I am more then willing to try as I find myself thinking more and more about family as I get older.

Feb 9, 2013

Events in March

I try to give everyone a heads up on events that will be happening here.  I really didn't have any hops or much of anything happening in January or February.  Not quite sure why but I just didn't stumble across any hops that I wanted to join.  Now March is another story as I have two events in one week that I wanted to let folks know about.

March 7th:  Spring Fashionista 2013
     This one is huge where you will have over a hundred bloggers getting together to give away    fashion items worth at least $125.   You know me.  I will be giving away jewelry worth at least that much.

March 9th:  Sea and Sand Blog Hop
This is a creative blog hop where thirty of us signed up to make jewelry from beads and components sent to us.  None of us had any idea of just what we would receive so it will be fun to see what everyone has come up with.

I might be adding more to this list as time goes on but I hope to see everyone here and enter if I have a prize up for grabs.  Oh and the pic is of Boo my studio mascot.

Feb 8, 2013

Year of Jewelry Week 6

This week's theme for the Year of Jewelry Project was Embrace.  I originally was trying to figure out just how to design a piece with two people embracing.  With my skill set I wasn't able to come up with anything so I then decided to embrace a color that I don't usually work with which is a shame because it is one that is becoming more and more popular.  I didn't actually get it made until last night because my fibro was being all kinds of grumpy so I went with something simple like a pair of earrings.

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Feb 7, 2013

Book Review: Othermoon

Everyone has secrets. I had no idea mine would lead me into shadow. Dez has found the place where she belongs. With the otherkin. With Caleb. Or so she thought. As the barriers between our world and Othersphere fall, a wall rises between Dez and Caleb, leaving her fiercest enemy her only friend.

And maybe something more.

Now Dez must make a devastating choice: keep the love of her life, or save the otherkin from annihilation.

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I feel a rant coming on so consider yourself warned.  Just why is it that lately authors just assume that you have read the previous books?  What happened to the days when every book could stand on its own merits regardless of whether it was part of a series or not? Yes I wanted to read this book knowing that it was second in a series and that I hadn't read the first one.  Was that any reason to punish me by having me totally confused the first four chapters?

OTHERMOON was a very enjoyable book once I managed to figure out the characters and their relationships to each other.  The characters of Dez, Caleb, and the rest of the small of friends and classmates are very well written.  The dialogue is fresh and snappy and so what you would expect from teenagers.  The plot itself was fresh and interesting, and the pacing was great.  

I would definitely pick up the next book in the series since hopefully I won't experience the confusion.  However OTHERMOON is only getting a rating of 3 due to not being able to stand all on its own.  And yes that is a major pet peeve of mine.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.
Feb 6, 2013

Family Memories

Card games and game tokens.
Card games and game tokens. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
If I have one thing that I regret it is that I am not closer to my family.  I don't mean distance wise as with the internet and the telephone it is really easy to keep in touch.  It is more the idea that I have no way to contact most of them.  But I do have my memories...

A lot of my memories center around my grandparent's home in Portland.  My grandfather had converted the garage into a rumpus room and had built a huge table that could be stored when not in use.  Around this table we would all cluster for the holidays.  It would be my mom and her brother Stan, myself and my sister and my six cousins, my grandparents, and quite often my great-uncle Lon and Great-aunt Fran.  It was usually loud, rambunctious and always filled with love.

Later my memories are about card games.  My family were/are big card players.  There was always the Friday night poker games for the older generations (though they let me play once and never again as I won quite a lot) and you could always count on Gram for a game of canasta.

As we grew older we spread out.  What with moves and divorces I haven't seen one of my cousins, Colleen Farnsworth, in almost thirty-two years.  I have seen others at family reunions and it is always a blast when us 'kids' get together.

Unfortunately it looks as though the family reunions are a thing of the past as my mother doesn't want to hold one anymore.  I guess technically it is up to me as I am the oldest of my generation however I am no where organized enough to get one together.  It's a shame though as my nephew haven't had a chance to meet most of my generation and one of them already has a daughter.

Do you find that your family ties are being cut as time goes on?  Or are you lucky enough to have a close knit family?
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Feb 5, 2013

Book Review: Mark of the Gladiator

After an inconvenient display of mercy in the arena, the gladiator Anazâr is pulled from the sands and contracted to nobleman Lucius Marianus to train his new stable of female gladiators. His charges are demoralized and untested, and they bear the marks of abuse. Anazâr has a scant two months to prepare them for the arena, and his new master demands perfection.

Anazâr is surprised by how eager he is to achieve it—far more eager than a man motivated only by self-preservation. Perhaps it’s because Marianus is truly remarkable: handsome, dignified, honorable, and seemingly as attracted to Anazâr as Anazâr is to him.

But a rivalry between Marianus and his brother sparks a murder conspiracy, with Anazâr and his gladiatrices caught in the middle. One brother might offer salvation . . . but which? And in a world where life is worth less than the pleasures of the crowd or the whims of a master, can there be any room for love? As a gladiator, Anazâr's defenses are near impenetrable. But as a man, he learns to his cost that no armor or shield can truly protect his heart.

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My experience with Rome consists of watching a few episodes of Rome and Spartcus so I assumed that I would be lost in that culture.  To my relief I found this not to be the case.  The authors, Ms. Belleau and Ms. Vane paint a vivid picture of just what it mean to live in those days especially as a slave though they also showed me the privileges that the Roman citizens could expect.  And I have to say that I regret the fact that bathhouses are just not found around the corner anymore.

I do have to say that as skilled as these ladies are in immersing their readers into the culture of the Rome, they do an even better job at bringing us into the hearts and mind of the characters. 
Anazâr's goal is to make enough money to win his freedom but along the way he discovers love and loyalty.  He becomes embroiled in the intrigue between two brothers, both masters and way above his station.

I fell in love with the characters in this book.  They are all so vivid and, for lack of a better word, real.  They are the product of their times yet I could easily see them fitting into this time especially
Anazâr and Felix.

I do want to warn my readers that there are some rather vivid scenes of sex between men so steer away from this book if that offends you.  Otherwise if you are looking for an unusual historical love story you really can't go wrong with this book.  It really has it all: mystery, intrigue, loyalty, both honor and dishonor, hot sex as well as love and friendship. Check it out!  I give this book a 4.5.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.
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