Anyone that follow my blog knows that I love Italy. Not just the food (although, it’s been a worthy adversary to my waistline), but also the history. Don’t have an Italian vacation yet? Check out last weeks post on Cinque Terre to get inspired. Whether I’m getting in the mood for my next vacation, or simply craving to be transported, travel books or destination themed reads are always a go-to. The book I’m going to review today takes place in Italy, a romance where our heroine is from modern time and is transported to ancient Rome.
A witch’s ancient curse propels talented flutist Gigi Perrin back to A.D. 408, to the court of the depraved Roman Emperor Honorius and his admirable sister, Princess Galla Placidia. There, Gigi grapples with her disbelief about what has happened, and with the strange, new world of violent politics, social upheaval and barbarians straining at the very gates of an empire. Through it all, she must struggle with her powerful attraction to a pagan senator and military commander, Quintus Magnus, a man exotically different from anyone she has ever known. On the brink of a dark and war-torn age, Gigi joins forces with Magnus, battling to save a princess and her people, and ultimately finding love amid the chaos, before the fall of Rome.
But is the book any good?
*I was gifted a copy from the author for review purposes, but all opinions are my own. This blog includes affiliate links, which means the humble, starving writer gets a small commission for purchases made on the site.*
My Humble Opinion
Yes. I read the book in two days so obviously it can’t be too terrible. 😉 The heroine from Love, Eternally was instantly likeable to me because she’s a musician, a flutist. To me, music is everything so I have so much respect and love for musicians. Author O’Neill is a master of transcending the ages, taking us from a witty 21st century dialogue in the early chapter, to a much more serious, dark time in Rome’s history. The author truly succeeds in transporting the reader to another age. I enjoyed some history in the plot, without being overwhelmed by details. The hero, Magnus, for all you romance-fans out there, is honorable and alpha-he’s a soldier after all, and I’m sure leaves all the Love, Eternally readers thoroughly satisfied. The storyline is action-packed which was why I couldn’t put the book down.
What I Liked Most
The secondary characters were so vivid, I found myself rooting for the ones I loved. I won’t go into too much details to avoid spoilers, but trust me, the story is full of great characters. Author O’Neill even left me craving some hunky Visigoths (You’ll know when you read the book). I’m so excited to read the next book, After The Fall and I think I’ll love it even more than the first book! O’Neill is adept are weaving a well-rounded plot that goes beyond just the main two characters.
What I Didn’t Like
In Love, Eternally, the heroine is transported to Ancient Rome and of course, no one speaks English. In the book, it seemed like overnight she was fluent in Latin. I get that it’s just a book and she needed to be able to speak to the hero, but it just removed me a bit because I was like wait, all of the sudden she speaks perfect Latin? I think that their bond could have been just as strong with a language barrier. One author that I’ve seen do this really well is Kresley Cole. In her book, Demon From the Dark, her main characters speak different languages, and her ability to bring the characters together really affected me. Because the bond went beyond words.
This book is a must-read is you’re planning an Italian getaway. It’s an easy, enjoyable read that will transport you to another country in another age. Fans of time-travel romances such as the Outlander series will gobble this series right up and I’m sure O’Neill has a slew of fans in this vein. She definitely has one in me! Off to read the next book in the series, After The Fall!
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