I put this book down twice today because I just wasn't interested in reading another desert/slave story. I was determined to finish it today, so once again I picked it up and pressed on. I'm glad I did as it was a terrific tale.
Danae is a strikingly beautiful young woman whose father has died and unwittingly left her at the mercy of his deranged nephew. She has fled her home and taken up residence in Alexandria, the capital. While fleeing, a Roman warship passes and an incredibly handsome officer is standing on deck. Danae is entranced and so is he.
Upon a future visit to the King, she sees him again and he threatens her. Terrified, she again flees for her life and is captured by a bedoin tribe and held prisoner.
The further adventures of Danae and Lord Ramtat are quite entertaining. There is much turmoil as each has their own secrets and though they have fallen in love, cannot trust the other.
The second half of the book is fast moving and much better than the beginning. A thoroughly enjoyable read
This is a good book if you enjoy romance mixed with true historical backgrounds.
This book had great promise, but it fell a little flat. The characters don't have much, well...character. None of them grabbed me, and most were pretty interchangable. There was no depth to them. Danae and Ramtat could have been made much better!
It wasn't just that--there were not many smooth segues in the dialogue, so conversations either ended instantly or the topic they were discussing jumped wildly and it took a lot of effort to try and get it back on track. Also, the love scenes were rushed; I know in romance novels the couple is supposed to hook up quickly, but these people went from hate to romantic sex in literally a paragraph. Quickly falling in love is one thing, but this was almost bipolar. And the hate resurfaces immediately after they finish the lovemaking. It's just hard to put myself in her shoes when she changes emotions that quickly and randomly.
Most of the historical details were fairly accurate, although there was a lack of description in some areas and that made it difficult to determine what the imaginary scene was really supposed to look like.
All in all, it was not a bad book. It was just a less-than-fully-engaging book.
as usual with constance o'banyon and excellent read just had to read on the see how the twist and turns would it enjoyed it very much