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Linz Loves Romance

I've loved romance novels since...like forever. I read across most subgenres of romance. I also write fantasy/paranormal and new adult romance.

Forbidden - Christina Phillips Interesting and unusual setting, of lovers torn between warring cultures. This book could have easily been dark and twisty, but it really didn't go that way. Phillips' writing has a hazy, almost ethereal quality that worked given the inclusion of Carys as Celtic, matrilineal Druid princess. Carys was likeable and assertive. Maximus, as a Roman conqueror could have easily just kidnapped her in the first scene, but he doesn't. All of this was refreshing and appreciated. (Same goes for the lack of slut-shaming from the Celts. Thank you!)

I would agree with other reviewers that I don't think the label "erotic historical novel" fits. Drop the "erotic" and it would better fit one's expectations for a historical romance. But, that's just my opinion. I will definitely be reading more from this author.