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Daughter of a slave… …wedded to the warrior! Livia Valeria is furious when she’s ruthlessly gambled away by her intended bridegroom. Luckily, it’s tall, muscled and darkly handsome Roman centurion Marius Varro who wins her as his bride! She must hide her Caledonian roots, but when Marius faces a barbarian rebellion at Hadrian’s Wall, Livia must make a choice: her heritag Daughter of a slave… …wedded to the warrior! Livia Valeria is furious when she’s ruthlessly gambled away by her intended bridegroom. Luckily, it’s tall, muscled and darkly handsome Roman centurion Marius Varro who wins her as his bride! She must hide her Caledonian roots, but when Marius faces a barbarian rebellion at Hadrian’s Wall, Livia must make a choice: her heritage or the husband she’s falling for… “A breath-takingly pure and beautiful tale and this story really shows just what a fine and articulated writer Ms Fletcher is … Just perfect!” — Chicks, Rogues and Scandals on Captain Amberton’s Inherited Bride “Fletcher takes fans on another gratifying journey through the gothic Yorkshire landscape, this time with a couple forced to wed under dire consequences” — RT Book Reviews on Captain Amberton’s Inherited Bride


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Daughter of a slave… …wedded to the warrior! Livia Valeria is furious when she’s ruthlessly gambled away by her intended bridegroom. Luckily, it’s tall, muscled and darkly handsome Roman centurion Marius Varro who wins her as his bride! She must hide her Caledonian roots, but when Marius faces a barbarian rebellion at Hadrian’s Wall, Livia must make a choice: her heritag Daughter of a slave… …wedded to the warrior! Livia Valeria is furious when she’s ruthlessly gambled away by her intended bridegroom. Luckily, it’s tall, muscled and darkly handsome Roman centurion Marius Varro who wins her as his bride! She must hide her Caledonian roots, but when Marius faces a barbarian rebellion at Hadrian’s Wall, Livia must make a choice: her heritage or the husband she’s falling for… “A breath-takingly pure and beautiful tale and this story really shows just what a fine and articulated writer Ms Fletcher is … Just perfect!” — Chicks, Rogues and Scandals on Captain Amberton’s Inherited Bride “Fletcher takes fans on another gratifying journey through the gothic Yorkshire landscape, this time with a couple forced to wed under dire consequences” — RT Book Reviews on Captain Amberton’s Inherited Bride

30 review for The Warrior's Bride Prize

  1. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    The Warrior’s Prize Bride by Jenni Fletcher is a 2018 Mills & Boon publication. Livia is widowed, with a small child to care for, but does not grieve much over the loss of her cruel husband. But, no sooner is she released from one turbulent marriage, she is gambled away by her half brother into another betrothal. She must travel to Hadrians Wall where she will meet her future husband. However, as they approach their destination, the man she mistakes for her fiancé, is Marius, a Roman Centurion. T The Warrior’s Prize Bride by Jenni Fletcher is a 2018 Mills & Boon publication. Livia is widowed, with a small child to care for, but does not grieve much over the loss of her cruel husband. But, no sooner is she released from one turbulent marriage, she is gambled away by her half brother into another betrothal. She must travel to Hadrians Wall where she will meet her future husband. However, as they approach their destination, the man she mistakes for her fiancé, is Marius, a Roman Centurion. The sparks fly between them immediately! But, it looks as though poor Livia’s next marriage will be as unhappy as her first, until Marius saves the day. In a drunken game of Tabula, Olivia is gambled on yet again and this time Marius is the winner. While Livia dodged a bullet and ended up with a good and honorable man, things become complicated between them right from the start. First of all, Livia must hide her half- Caledonian heritage in the midst of a brewing uprising. Marius must fight in the battle for Roman rule, while also seeking a coveted promotion, a goal he has spent his life working to achieve. However, as secrets and revelations come to light and the circumstances shift, Marius must decide between his lofty goals or a life with Livia. I knew right from the start I’d enjoy this book. I love this unique time period this novel is set in, which is seldom explored in historical romance novels anymore. Roman romance has endless possibilities, and the history is very deep, and still very mysterious. The author obviously did some grunt work and dug around for accurate historical details, once again scoring points for authenticity. This is important, and I admire someone who is willing to research and create a story that remains faithful to the time and place the novel is set in. But, of course we don’t read these novels to study history. The romance is what we came here for and the author knocks it out of the park. I loved Marius! He was so heart meltingly romantic, I felt a little lightheaded. Livia’s background amid dangerous circumstances adds some tense moments of suspense into the equation. I thought she was a strong female lead, showing resilience and bravery in uncertain circumstances. My only wish was that this novel could have had more room to breathe, that it could have been freed from the constraints of limited word counts, because it is obvious the author had to hold back on character development and probably a wealth of intriguing historical elements, because everything had to be crammed into fewer than three hundred pages. I do wish Mills & Boon/ Harlequin had a long format for books such as this one. Other than that, this story has a bit of everything, including danger, intrigue, a few surprising twists I didn’t see coming, interesting historical details, and a beautiful love story! 4 stars

  2. 5 out of 5

    Bex (Beckie Bookworm)

    I really did adore "The Warrior's Bride Prize" It made such a pleasant change to some of the dark fiction I have been reading lately. Almost taking me back to my roots of many years ago when this type of read was more the norm for me and I devoured historical fiction by the bucket load. It was the historical genre that really in a way started my love affair with romantic fiction and this really reminded me of why when its done right I love it so much. So here we have Livia and her daughter: bartered I really did adore "The Warrior's Bride Prize" It made such a pleasant change to some of the dark fiction I have been reading lately. Almost taking me back to my roots of many years ago when this type of read was more the norm for me and I devoured historical fiction by the bucket load. It was the historical genre that really in a way started my love affair with romantic fiction and this really reminded me of why when its done right I love it so much. So here we have Livia and her daughter: bartered by her brother yet again in marriage and sent to England to marry a Roman she has never met. He, in turn, (lucky for her and him) loses her to a Centurian warrior in a game of chance Set at Hadrian’s Wall during a barbarian uprising Livia and her new Centurian husband Marius attempt to forge a new relationship between two virtual strangers. I loved that this was set at Hadrian's wall and on top of a fantastic read I felt that I also got some fascinating history from this as an added bonus. This really was an enjoyable experience and I am so glad I gave this a chance: it was simple but incredibly satisfying if that even makes sense. A sweet feel-good romance that left me with a big smile: that really says it all. I voluntary reviewed an Arc of The Warrior's Bride Prize. All opinions expressed are entirely my own. Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm https://www.facebook.com/beckiebookworm/ www.beckiebookworm.com

  3. 4 out of 5

    Therese Beharrie

    I was lucky enough to receive an early copy of this romance novel. I say 'lucky' because this book is AMAZING. It has Jenni's signature talent of creating vivid and historically rich settings with characters who are lovely and have you cheering for their HEA. I loved that the heroine was fierce, and the hero appreciated that in her. I loved that the hero was a good, kind, strong man. I just...loved this book. Highly recommended! I was lucky enough to receive an early copy of this romance novel. I say 'lucky' because this book is AMAZING. It has Jenni's signature talent of creating vivid and historically rich settings with characters who are lovely and have you cheering for their HEA. I loved that the heroine was fierce, and the hero appreciated that in her. I loved that the hero was a good, kind, strong man. I just...loved this book. Highly recommended!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Donna Maguire

    https://donnasbookblog.wordpress.com/... I really enjoyed this story and it was a lovely few hours I had taking myself away and immersing myself in the story. I thought that the characters were well developed, I enjoyed the plot and the location for the story, the setting was ideal. I love historical romantic fiction stories and this is one of the best I have read for quite a while. Five stars from me for this one – a thoroughly enjoyable story that I really enjoyed – very highly recommended! https://donnasbookblog.wordpress.com/... I really enjoyed this story and it was a lovely few hours I had taking myself away and immersing myself in the story. I thought that the characters were well developed, I enjoyed the plot and the location for the story, the setting was ideal. I love historical romantic fiction stories and this is one of the best I have read for quite a while. Five stars from me for this one – a thoroughly enjoyable story that I really enjoyed – very highly recommended!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Caitlyn Lynch

    This is a rare bird among historical romances; one set in Roman-occupied Britain, and specifically in the forts along Hadrian’s Wall, the barrier built by the Romans to separate Scotland and England. Ordered by her brother to marry a Roman commander of high rank, a man she’s never met, to settle a gambling debt, Livia travels north to the Wall and is met by a column of legionnaires and a man she assumes to be her betrothed - a very attractive, commanding soldier who looks at her as though he like This is a rare bird among historical romances; one set in Roman-occupied Britain, and specifically in the forts along Hadrian’s Wall, the barrier built by the Romans to separate Scotland and England. Ordered by her brother to marry a Roman commander of high rank, a man she’s never met, to settle a gambling debt, Livia travels north to the Wall and is met by a column of legionnaires and a man she assumes to be her betrothed - a very attractive, commanding soldier who looks at her as though he likes what he sees. The only problem: Centurion Marius isn’t her betrothed. Instead, Livia finds she’s to marry the spoiled, bratty son of a Roman senator, a youth who looks at her with unconcealed distaste for her red hair, calling her a barbarian, and is even more horrified by the fact that she is a widow and accompanied by her four year old daughter, Julia. Daughter of a former Caledonian slave, Livia knows her ancestry is considered a dirty secret, and she’s not really too sure that life under Roman rule is really what she wants. With no choices open to her, she’s bracing to make the best of a bad situation when Marius presents a surprising solution. Set in the late second century AD at the time of the Caledonian rebellions and attacks against the Wall, this is superbly researched and never felt anachronistic in the slightest. Livia’s frustration with her powerlessness and her divided loyalties were very relatable, and her romance with Marius was beautifully done. From the beginning of the story, their connection was apparent, and Marius’ relationship with Livia’s daughter Julia only cemented my belief that they truly belonged together as a family. I’d highly recommend this one to anyone who’s looking for a Roman historical romance. Five stars for a book I stayed up until almost midnight to finish because I had to know how it ended! Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review from the author.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Emro

    Livia Valeria is heading north with her daughter to marry the man her half brother Tarquinius has selected for her. Livia has no choice but to comply, her late husband disinherited her and their daughter, leaving her at her cruel half brother's mercy. As angry as she is at the injustice, she also has hope - she will finally get to see Hadrian's wall and the land of her mother's birth, Caledonia. She meets Marius Varro on the road north - at first she thinks he is her intended and is attracted to Livia Valeria is heading north with her daughter to marry the man her half brother Tarquinius has selected for her. Livia has no choice but to comply, her late husband disinherited her and their daughter, leaving her at her cruel half brother's mercy. As angry as she is at the injustice, she also has hope - she will finally get to see Hadrian's wall and the land of her mother's birth, Caledonia. She meets Marius Varro on the road north - at first she thinks he is her intended and is attracted to him, but soon learns her mistake. Marius is stunned by her wild beauty and feels oddly protective of her and her daughter. When she finally meets her groom, she is dismayed, Lucius Scaevola is hateful and insults her. Lucius didn't want to marry her, him amassed a huge debt which Tarquinius acquired and used to force him to marry. Marius wishes he could help her, but he is but a soldier and Lucius is his superior. When Lucius offers Livia as the prize for a wager, Marius doesn't hesitate and wins her. They marry, they travel to the border and Livia finally gets to see Caledonia, things seem to be progressing between them, but they both have secrets that will threaten their HEA. I thought this was a fascinating journey into Ancient Britainna, Marius and Livia are both wonderful albeit misguided characters, they both have secrets and will have to learn to trust one another before they can find their HEA. The heat level is low, but very well done, there is a bit of action, a bit of heartache and very subtle, yet extremely interesting historical tidbits throughout the book. Personally, I would have liked the ending to be drawn out a little more or at least an epilogue as I felt the book ended a little abruptly and tied everything up too easily. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the story and would be happy to recommend it! *I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that was provided to me by the publisher*

  7. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review via Netgalley. I haven’t read a Roman story for ages, and what a book! Just enough detail to envision the Empire, plus the added wildness of the tribes of Briton. Plus a passionate love story played out in the incendiary atmosphere. I really liked both Livia and Marius and their friends. So much alike in their painful starts in life, different enough to strike sparks from one another. Enough conflict about fear and trust. Roman and half I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review via Netgalley. I haven’t read a Roman story for ages, and what a book! Just enough detail to envision the Empire, plus the added wildness of the tribes of Briton. Plus a passionate love story played out in the incendiary atmosphere. I really liked both Livia and Marius and their friends. So much alike in their painful starts in life, different enough to strike sparks from one another. Enough conflict about fear and trust. Roman and half Roman. I really felt that I’d like to spend more time in their realm.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    This is a historical romance mainly set near Hadrian’s War in Roman times. Livia Valeria is ordered by her half brother to marry someone she’s never met just two months after her first husband died. Her brother had arranged her first marriage and ruined that but she has no other options . . . until fate intervenes! I hadn’t read any romances set in this era before and I have to say that the author has created a moving - and educational - story that I thoroughly enjoyed! I learnt much about the er This is a historical romance mainly set near Hadrian’s War in Roman times. Livia Valeria is ordered by her half brother to marry someone she’s never met just two months after her first husband died. Her brother had arranged her first marriage and ruined that but she has no other options . . . until fate intervenes! I hadn’t read any romances set in this era before and I have to say that the author has created a moving - and educational - story that I thoroughly enjoyed! I learnt much about the era as Marius Varro explained situations and the Roman Army structure to Livia. Livia was a strong, female lead, determined and fierce. I loved the meeting between her and her brother towards the end of the story! There are battles to be fought, secrets to be revealed and love to be won in this brilliant romance. I hadn't read anything by Jenni Fletcher before but I’ll be checking out her previous books and, if she hasn’t already, I really hope she will be creating more stories set in this era in future. I've a new-to-me author to look out for! I requested and was given a copy of this book, via NetGalley. This is my honest review of the book after choosing to read it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Frankie (Chicks, Rogues and Scandals)

    Well, what a book!! As soon as I heard that Jenni Fletcher was writing a romance set in the Roman era, I couldn’t wait to read it. After I read my first Roman romance earlier this year I was instantly hooked, now have a love of this era. I knew that this would be good as Ms Fletcher has a real gift at story-telling, at entwining history and romance to create an enchanting story, but this surpasses all my expectations. As always Ms Fletcher has woven a historically accurate, sensual and evocative Well, what a book!! As soon as I heard that Jenni Fletcher was writing a romance set in the Roman era, I couldn’t wait to read it. After I read my first Roman romance earlier this year I was instantly hooked, now have a love of this era. I knew that this would be good as Ms Fletcher has a real gift at story-telling, at entwining history and romance to create an enchanting story, but this surpasses all my expectations. As always Ms Fletcher has woven a historically accurate, sensual and evocative romance. After the death of her abusive and malicious husband Livia’s equally horrendous brother, forces another marriage on to her, one that will benefit him and his greed. This time to a spoilt tribune with a gambling debt owed to her brother. Livia is basically destitute, she doesn’t have a penny to her name, no home, nothing after her cruel first husband cut her and her daughter; Julia off she was forced back to her brother’s protection. Now she is yet again a pawn in her brother’s game for power and money. Which is when she meets dark and brooding, yet dazzlingly handsome Centurion Marius while on her way to meet her soon to be husband. She is instantly enthralled by the intelligent and protective man, who treats her like a proper lady and charms her little daughter. I love that moment when Marius meets little Julia, his stern countenance disappears and his light playfulness shines through all to make a little girl smile. Livia is tough, she has had to be after all she has seen and experienced. She is like a she-wolf always ready to rip apart any who would harm her young cub. She may have been treated despicably, but she is fierce and passionate with ingrained values that have made her the marvellous woman she is. Marius sees that fierce and slightly wild side to her as soon as he meets her, it is really that part of her persona that really impresses Marius and make him want her all the more. At first when they meet it is a simple lust that sizzles between them, they are both inexplicably drawn to the other. Yet once they learn more about each, that rampant lust turns into mutual respect and affection. Marius cannot bare to think of Livia and Julia in the clutches of such a bully, a man who doesn’t care about hurting even a child with his malicious words. Even if he and Livia hadn’t shared the most earth-shattering romantic kiss, he would do anything for her. So when the opportunity arises that he can help get Livia away from the tribune, Marius takes it, even though it does mean career suicide. Once married their troubles are for from over as pasts and secrets soon rear their heads, tough choices must be made all in the midst of a rebellion. Marius, oh, Marius! What a gloriously strong yet vulnerable man he is, he is a man who believes strongly in right and wrong, he lives by a code of honour that he believes all men should live by, no matter their rank. I love that he is so principled, he is a thinker and he has strong opinion’s of how thing’s should be done. He is charming in his own stern way, he wants nothing more than to rebuild and regain that family honour that was cruelly taken from his father all those years ago, but the one thing that made me go weak at the knee’s was the way he accepts Livia for who she is, he admires her for her strength and treats her with up most respect, and you can see that Livia is quite taken back by him – which is not surprising, you would probably have to pick me up of the floor if I saw this rock of a man walking towards me in his centurion armour. 😉 I am so in love with everything about this story, there is something very special about this book. The story is wonderful in-depth, an emotional roller-coaster ride through Roman Britain that will keep the reader turning the page. The descriptions of life during the time, especially once Livia and Marius reach Hadrian’s wall is astounding, it is rich in history and the scenery is so vivid and real. Then there is the chemistry between Marius and Livia, which is ablaze with mutual passion and desire. Jenni Fletcher is going from strength to strength, she is such a wonderfully adaptive author who tackles many different era’s and with each book her skill, dedication, research and passion shine through. I personally hope that she writes more Roman as there is so very few authors out there willing to take on this era. A mesmerising romance!

  10. 4 out of 5

    AnnMarie

    The Warrior's Bride Prize is a Mills & Boon Historical novel by Jenni Fletcher. I don't even know where to begin with this review, how does one begin to describe a book as good as this one. Good being such a bland word for such a story. It is set in Roman times focusing on Hadrian's wall and the battle between the warriors on both sides. The historical facts told in this book on their own makes the story brilliant. Then there are the back stories of the main characters Livi Valeria and Marius Var The Warrior's Bride Prize is a Mills & Boon Historical novel by Jenni Fletcher. I don't even know where to begin with this review, how does one begin to describe a book as good as this one. Good being such a bland word for such a story. It is set in Roman times focusing on Hadrian's wall and the battle between the warriors on both sides. The historical facts told in this book on their own makes the story brilliant. Then there are the back stories of the main characters Livi Valeria and Marius Varro. Livi is half Caledonian and half Roman living on the Roman side of Hadrian's wall. She has been made to hide her roots and who her mother was which she hates because she loves her mother and is not ashamed of her. Since her parents died she has been forced into a marriage by her half-brother Tarquinius. He used her for his own gain with the marriage of convenience. The only good thing in Livi's mind that came from the wedding was a beautiful daughter. No sooner than her husband died, Tarquinius set her up for another marriage convenient to him and his need for political gain. Marius is Roman through and through and he is a Centurian. He has been fighting for Rome since he was 14. He joined the military after both his mother and father died. He is determined to make it to the most senior post which his father once held but lost in scandalous shame. The family name has been ruined and Marius needs to change that. He has lost sight of the love he once felt for his father and only feels ashamed of him now. Livi first meets Marius when he is sent with his men to escort her to the fort where she is to marry Lucius Scaevola, Marius' senior officer. A bought position rather than one earned. At first sight, there is an instant attraction between Marius and Livi, one that continues to grow during the time that Livi spends at the fort where she meets her betrothed. Lucius wants to marry her even less than she wants to marry him but he has as little choice as she has. Oh, I could go on and on about the story but I don't want to tell too much. The blurb of the story already tells you that Livi and Marius get married. All I can say about that is I loved how it comes to be, and what happens afterwards. Marius is such a protective, honourable man, and is just what Livi needs. This book is full of intrigue, excitement, misunderstandings, battles both on the battlefield and off it, lust, love and all that set at Hadrian's Wall. I couldn't read this book quickly enough because it was just that good and I needed to see if Marius and Livi could have their happy ever after. I wasn't disappointed!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Gwessie Tee

    This was my first romance I believe set in the Roman Times and I utterly loved it, was brilliant and I hope our author writes many more This I believe is the first I've managed to read though I have a few books by Jennie Fletcher in my tbr tower, I'm so glad I was able to read and review this book through Mills and Boon Insiders it's an honour and I hope to read many more by our lovely Author. This was my first romance I believe set in the Roman Times and I utterly loved it, was brilliant and I hope our author writes many more This I believe is the first I've managed to read though I have a few books by Jennie Fletcher in my tbr tower, I'm so glad I was able to read and review this book through Mills and Boon Insiders it's an honour and I hope to read many more by our lovely Author.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ma'atkare

    Okay for what it is.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Pretty good, very fast paced and easy read. Not a ton of character development, but overall it was a light fun read!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jéssica

    This was the first book I have read of Jenni's and I have 2 book at home already that I seriously need to read, because I loved this book. That's it... I LOVED IT! I have a thing for Historical Romances, and I feel like I need to get more and more. I really am addicted to this genre, especially Harlequin/Mills and Boon Historical. So of course, when I saw this book I knew I had to read it, but it wasn't only because of the genre, the publisher, the author or the gorgeous cover and intriguing titl This was the first book I have read of Jenni's and I have 2 book at home already that I seriously need to read, because I loved this book. That's it... I LOVED IT! I have a thing for Historical Romances, and I feel like I need to get more and more. I really am addicted to this genre, especially Harlequin/Mills and Boon Historical. So of course, when I saw this book I knew I had to read it, but it wasn't only because of the genre, the publisher, the author or the gorgeous cover and intriguing title... It was also because of the time period of this book. When I read "Roman centurion" in the blurb I know it would be a Roman era book. And one of my favorite books is "The Last Legion", by Valerio Massimo Manfredi, and it takes scene during the Roman Era. So you may understand my excited to read a historical romance in this time period. I knew Jenni was amazing just by talking to her, and I knew she would be in my favorite Historical Romance authors. Now that I have read her book I can official say: SHE'S IN! From the brilliant characters, plot and pace, to the amazing descriptions and perfect ending... She capture my attention from page one until the very end, plus she capture my heart with this book. That's why she's now a part of my favorite authors in the genre. Like I said before, the author created amazing characters. They were so engaging and their interactions felt so real and current, like I was reading a contemporary instead of a historical. I don't mean Jenni Fletcher used modern terms and words in the book, no... She was able to take us into a journey not only plot wise, but I also felt like I was living that moment and that time. The dialogues, the setting and characters descriptions... That's why it felt current, because I was transported to the world she created in a time I never knew instead from books and history classes. And that for me turned the book epic! Livia and Marius were such fantastically well written characters. They were strong-willed, courageous, resilient, powerful character. I expected that from Marius since he is a Roman Centurion, but I loved that Livia was a strong woman too, because that touched my heart. Plus, she's a mom, so she has to protect her daughter. Despite that power, I could see vulnerability too, from both of them, and that was a nice touch to balance everything else and it gave the characters some extra depth. I love that not only did we see some interactions between Livia and Marius that made their relationship grow, we also see Marius relationship with Livia's daughter. And that father-daughter relationship that was forming was so lovely to read about because it melted my heart as much as the lovers romance. This book had a good flow and pace to it. There was action moments that made the book exciting to read, there was enough historical details that transported me to that time and place, it had descriptions of scenes that were so vivid and thrilling even... And of course it all was well balanced with the romance. Do I recommend this book? Who do you think I am? Of course I recommend this book. No matter if you have read a historical romance in the Roman Era or not, you need to read this book. So don't wait even one more second and go get it! [I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Jenni for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and by being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book.]

  15. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    Livia Valeria is travelling north to Coria, to be married to Lucius Scaevola, whom she has never met, but is in debt to her half-brother, Tarquinus. She is also harbouring a long held ambition to see Hadrians Wall, or rather the other side of it, as, unbeknown to her intended husband, Livia is actually half-Caledonian. Admittedly, we don’t really meet Lucius in great detail, but, needless to say, he appears enough to establish that he is not a nice man (apparently, at the age of twenty four, Livi Livia Valeria is travelling north to Coria, to be married to Lucius Scaevola, whom she has never met, but is in debt to her half-brother, Tarquinus. She is also harbouring a long held ambition to see Hadrians Wall, or rather the other side of it, as, unbeknown to her intended husband, Livia is actually half-Caledonian. Admittedly, we don’t really meet Lucius in great detail, but, needless to say, he appears enough to establish that he is not a nice man (apparently, at the age of twenty four, Livia is too old, and, no one thought to tell him that she is also mother to a four year old daughter.) Thankfully, also present is the hero of the story, Marius Varro who feels an instant attraction to Livia (the feeling is mutual; indeed, Livia rather hopes Marius is her intended husband when she first meets him), and, when Scaevola drunkenly stakes Livia as the prize in a game of tabula, Marius finds himself betrothed, and also provides Livia with an escape route from Tarquinus’s plan - not before she gets chance to empty a glass of wine over Scaevola’s head though! Set in Roman Britain against the backdrop of a threatened Caledonian rebellion, the story gathers pace as Livia gets her much longed for glimpse of the wall, and Marius navigates his change of circumstances as he realises that perhaps the promotion he has always aimed for is not worth as much as making his new wife happy. Livia and Marius are well created characters who have a believable relationship founded on mutual attraction, but are thrown together in unusual circumstances. Indeed, Jenni Fletcher should be praised for not making this a regular marriage of convenience story where hate turns to love, but rather allowing Livia to escape an unsuitable marriage and seek to find happiness with a more suitable man, and the story is delightful as we follow this journey, all the while wondering when Livia’s secrets will come to the fore. The action sequences as the threatened rebellion begins are well described, and the reader is transported to the Roman battlefields as Marius fights to protect Roman rule. If you are familiar with Hadrians Wall, the talk of mile castles is quite interesting as you are able to imagine what the wall would have been like at the time. Whilst the author does not claim the rebellion described to be an actual event (there is a detailed historical note at the beginning of the book), the setting has obviously been well researched, and allows for the backdrop of a genuine threat from the Caledonians as the story progresses. Without spoiling the story, Livia’s dilemma about her background is obviously an important factor in the plot, as is Marius coming to terms with his own history, however, given the two genuinely care about each other, you really do root for a happy ending for them when the truth inevitably emerges. The supporting characters are also well written and add depth to the story, and you do wonder whether Scaevola and Tarquinus have any redeeming features that would make them more likeable, however, it is Marius and Livia who take you on a memorable journey of choosing what is more important: love or duty as the author leads us towards the end of the book. Enjoyable with a healthy dose of romance, this books makes for good reading as a piece of historical fiction, and provides a good insight into life in Roman times.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Maura

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 3.5 Livia is widow under the control of her brother, so when he says she's to marry a Tribune near Hadrian's wall, she and her daughter do as he bids and goes to marry him. But she meets Marius, a centurion who she at first, mistakes for her husband to be. She is soon disappointed to learn that he is not because her new husband-to-be is a spoiled, arrogant boy. Marius recognizes the danger to Livia, and his feelings and his honor demand that he do something. So when he sees the chance to stop the 3.5 Livia is widow under the control of her brother, so when he says she's to marry a Tribune near Hadrian's wall, she and her daughter do as he bids and goes to marry him. But she meets Marius, a centurion who she at first, mistakes for her husband to be. She is soon disappointed to learn that he is not because her new husband-to-be is a spoiled, arrogant boy. Marius recognizes the danger to Livia, and his feelings and his honor demand that he do something. So when he sees the chance to stop their marriage and marry Livia himself, he takes it, despite the risk to his career and his ambitions. Marius believes Livia is worth it. But Livia is hiding a secret that could mean even more risk, because she is actually only half Roman. The other half is Caledonian, the enemy that Marius and his men are fighting at Hadrian's wall. Even though he loves her, Marius isn't sure whether he can trust his wife to follow the Roman way. There's a lot more going on than that...there's Marius and his father's "disgrace" that he's working hard to distance himself from. There's also Livia and her opposition to the way the Roman Empire just conquers and enslaves and how that effects Marius, a loyal Roman citizen (with only slight subversive leanings). There's nuance here and it's good. I picked this up because these kinds of historicals, involving ancient times and places are pretty rare in the genre and I like new and refreshing. I mean, sure they're still in Britain and Livia is basically half-Scot, but the Roman culture and time period was a different beast from later times. Marius and Livia were a pretty strong couple and I enjoyed reading about them. Livia has endured a lot, but she's still willing to trust and love Marius and she didn't feel like a doormat in doing so. Her struggle to reveal her secret was also believable, since she'd had so much go wrong because of it. Marius likewise had believable struggles - with dealing with his father's dishonour, which he comes to re-evaluate in the end and he realizes that his opinion of his father had become twisted by all the negative things he'd had pounded into him since he was 13. Their sexual relationship starts pretty late in the book, after they've been married, because Marius is a decent person and wants to wait until Livia is comfortable and, even eager to share his bed. And Livia shows how decent she is by not wanting to get physical with Marius until she's revealed her secret...though she admits she should have told him before the marriage, but reasons... I liked both of these characters quite a lot. They were good, likeable people struggling with moral dilemmas that didn't feel the least bit contrived. My only issue really was that the ending felt rushed, especially in light of the things Marius says to get Livia away from him and out of danger. She gave him some grief about it, but it didn't last long and his grovel was pretty pitiful in light of the fact that she went 2 months thinking he thought the worst of her and wasn't sure if they'd even stay married. And then the ending was just there. I wanted a few more pages of discussion and what not. And maybe even an epilogue.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Laura Doherty

    Full review: http://lauramorningstar.com/review-th... I have to confess that I judged this book before I even read it. I wrongly assumed that as it was a Mills & Boon (known in the US as Harlequin History) romance, that it would be shallow and the Roman element would just be there to give a backdrop and nothing more. I was expecting a book that was very prescriptive and formulaic, as is often the case with books of this style. Finally with the title The Warrior’s Bride Prize I anticipated that th Full review: http://lauramorningstar.com/review-th... I have to confess that I judged this book before I even read it. I wrongly assumed that as it was a Mills & Boon (known in the US as Harlequin History) romance, that it would be shallow and the Roman element would just be there to give a backdrop and nothing more. I was expecting a book that was very prescriptive and formulaic, as is often the case with books of this style. Finally with the title The Warrior’s Bride Prize I anticipated that this would be a book of little depth and would have insipid characters. I WAS WRONG! So very very wrong! I am ashamed of myself for judging first! This was shown within the first few pages before the story even began as there was an author’s note explaining some of Jenni’s research process and about the history of the setting. Her knowledge of this period is woven throughout and it adds a vibrancy to the landscapes and era that is almost tangible. Both of the lead characters in the story are well developed and you can empathise with both them and their situations. Livia’s character has known hardship just because of her heritage, and it was interesting to see that race and culture have been causing issues since time began. You would really think that almost 2000 years later we’d have sorted our shit out. Marcus is seeking to redeem his family’s honour after it was last by his father. Neither of them expect love, nor are they seeking it. Livia is afterall betrothed to another man, but when her intended bridegroom callously gambles her away, it is Marcus who wins her. It was insightful to see how women were treated like property, as often depictions of prosperous Roman families show women as equal. Although arguably the way that Livia is treated is due to her heritage rather than her gender. The backdrop to this book helps to set the pace of the narrative. The element of danger caused by the Caledonian rebellion adds and intriguing element of suspense to the romance. The Warrior’s Prize Bride was my first experience of Jenni’s writing and I look forward to enjoying more from her, and will be adding her previous books to my ever-growing TBR list. Her skill as an author and her fastidious approach to research made this a wonderful read. There was no feeling that this book was written to a formula. The characters were anything but insipid. And I truly deserve a slap on the wrist for being a judgemental bitch…shame on me. If you are looking for a romance with a heavy dose of action and a sprinkling of suspense then this is a crazy good book. It is a quick and enjoyable read that requires you to engage with the story but doesn’t tax the brain, perfect for tired mums, night shit workers and chronic illness warriors such as me. I found that this book was perfect for dipping in and out of and I still finished within it within a day. The Warrior’s Bride Prize was a definite reminder to me that one should never judge a book by it’s cover.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jaffareadstoo

    In The Warrior's Bride Prize I escaped back to the days of the Roman occupation of Britannia, back to AD 197 when women were used as little more than commodities to be bought and sold. Livia Valeria has been sent to the north by her ambitious brother to be given in marriage but fate has a funny old way of intervening and Livia ends up in quite a different relationship than she expected. I really enjoyed this trip back in history and the author has done a great job of recreating a real sense of ti In The Warrior's Bride Prize I escaped back to the days of the Roman occupation of Britannia, back to AD 197 when women were used as little more than commodities to be bought and sold. Livia Valeria has been sent to the north by her ambitious brother to be given in marriage but fate has a funny old way of intervening and Livia ends up in quite a different relationship than she expected. I really enjoyed this trip back in history and the author has done a great job of recreating a real sense of time and place so that it was easy to become immersed in Roman life. There are enough thrills and spills to make reading the story exciting, with elements of a dark mystery which surrounds Livia's background, which she tries to keep hidden, and also the dangerous task of keeping the empire safe from marauding Caledonians which falls to the brave and handsome, Marius Varro, who is a Roman soldier to the very tips of his finely made leather boots. The romance between the two lead characters fairly sizzles on the page and I enjoyed reading of the challenges they both faced and hoped that everything would work out for them. The Warrior's Bride Prize is great historical escapism. I read it comfortably over the space of an afternoon, quite at home at the edge of Hadrian's Wall immersed in the life of Livia and Marius. I hope the author will take us back to the Roman empire in future novels.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rose

    What a fabulous story by author Jenni Fletcher! I've been waiting for this story since the author first revealed the cover a few months ago. It was definitely worth the wait! This story takes place during the Caledonian rebellion of AD 197. I can't recall ever reading any books set in the Roman era and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed this one. I'm hoping that the author considers writing more from this era. Our hero Marius Varro is a Second Centurian and first meets our heroine to escort her to What a fabulous story by author Jenni Fletcher! I've been waiting for this story since the author first revealed the cover a few months ago. It was definitely worth the wait! This story takes place during the Caledonian rebellion of AD 197. I can't recall ever reading any books set in the Roman era and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed this one. I'm hoping that the author considers writing more from this era. Our hero Marius Varro is a Second Centurian and first meets our heroine to escort her to her betrothed. Marius is a swoon worthy hero, a strong and honorable man. Livia Valeria is a widow of only two months with a four year old daughter. Livia has not had an easy life, once again she is being forced into another marriage by her evil step brother who uses her to gain money and power. I loved both Livia and Marius from the very beginning of this story. Great characters along with wonderful secondary characters made this a fascinating and entertaining story. Ms. Fletcher always does a wonderful job of pulling you into the story with her wonderful writing and fabulous detail of the time period. I found myself picking up this book frequently throughout the day to read just one more page.... I'd be more than happy to revisit this era and these characters at any time! I absolutely loved everything about this story and would highly recommend it!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Joan Gray

    The Warrior's Bride Prize is written by Jenni Fletcher and published by Mills & Boon ((Historical). This is a Roman romance set in Roman England around Hadrian's Wall. Liva Valeria, part Caledonian (slave) part Roman, and her little daughter Julia travel to a Roman outpost, Coria, near Hadrian's wall so she can be married to Lucius Scaevola as arranged by her step brother. Unfortunately Tarquinius hadn't told her intended that she had a daughter, or that her hair is red, a sure sign that she is The Warrior's Bride Prize is written by Jenni Fletcher and published by Mills & Boon ((Historical). This is a Roman romance set in Roman England around Hadrian's Wall. Liva Valeria, part Caledonian (slave) part Roman, and her little daughter Julia travel to a Roman outpost, Coria, near Hadrian's wall so she can be married to Lucius Scaevola as arranged by her step brother. Unfortunately Tarquinius hadn't told her intended that she had a daughter, or that her hair is red, a sure sign that she is at least partly Caledonian. He gambles her away in a card game to Marius Varro, a Roman centurion and they are married. When Marius is posted to Cilurnum Liva goes with him but has to choose when the fortress comes under attack from Caledonians. This is Jenni Fletcher's first foray into Roman romance and I really enjoyed it. I read the book in one sitting and the time flew when I was reading it! There is just the right combination of history and romance and they compliment each other perfectly. I hope she writes more novels from this period in history. I received this book via Netgalley and Mills and Boon in exchange for a honest review. I am a #MillsAndBoonInsider #netgalley

  21. 5 out of 5

    Demetra

    Where to start..I haven't read many historical romances so far, so I'm quite new to the genre. I'm finding out what I like one book at a time! This book I loved 😍 I loved the characters, the setting, the story, the writing; everything!! Livia and Marius found the way to my heart and took me with them in the story! Livia didn't have the best luck with men, starting with her half-brother. Now a widow with her daughter, she's forced to marry another man because her brother said so. What she doesn't Where to start..I haven't read many historical romances so far, so I'm quite new to the genre. I'm finding out what I like one book at a time! This book I loved 😍 I loved the characters, the setting, the story, the writing; everything!! Livia and Marius found the way to my heart and took me with them in the story! Livia didn't have the best luck with men, starting with her half-brother. Now a widow with her daughter, she's forced to marry another man because her brother said so. What she doesn't know is that her luck is going to change because of Marius.  Marius..he made the first impression for the start but what really made me love him was the way he treated Julia, Livia's daughter. Who doesn't love a man who's good with kids?! With the weight of his father disgrace, he tries to better his family name. Gambling for the chance to marry Livia may not be the best choice but he can't stay away! As much I loved Livia and Marius, I hated her brother and the man she supposed to marry. Both of them got in my nerves. Their hatred and disgust because of her mother's roots pissed me off!  The story is really good! We get the romance as well as some action and angst. There are times when you think that everything's going to work out and then something happens to make the matters worse.  The ending is amazing! I couldn't ask for a better ending to Marius and Livia's story. I was sad to see the book ending. However I'm definitely checking out more of the author's books! I'd like to thank Jenni Fletcher and Rachel from Rachel's Random Resources for sending me this book. It's definitely on of my favorites for this month ❤

  22. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    The Warrior’s Bride Prize By Jenni Fletcher 5 stars Reviewed on behalf of 3 Degrees of Fiction Book Blog I really enjoyed this story, it’s the first that I have read by this author and I was really taken by her writing style. It grabbed my attention straight away and kept my interest throughout. I loved the author’s descriptive language and it really felt I was there in the story. The setting was perfect and the story was a perfect example of a well written historical romance read. The characters we The Warrior’s Bride Prize By Jenni Fletcher 5 stars Reviewed on behalf of 3 Degrees of Fiction Book Blog I really enjoyed this story, it’s the first that I have read by this author and I was really taken by her writing style. It grabbed my attention straight away and kept my interest throughout. I loved the author’s descriptive language and it really felt I was there in the story. The setting was perfect and the story was a perfect example of a well written historical romance read. The characters were perfect! I loved the heroine, Livia; she was everything I love in a main character from this time period. I love them to be sassy with a fierce streak which is exactly what Livia was! Marius was everything I wanted him to be and more, he was strong, and I loved the instant connection that he had with Livia and even thought she was to marry someone else I was secretly hoping for them to be together! I think this is actually the first book that I have read in this time period which made it even better to read, I really liked it. A brilliant read and I absolutely recommend it to all lovers of historical romance stories.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rachel de la Fuente

    The Warrior's Bride Prize is a fabulous story. I greatly enjoyed it, powering through the book in under a day. I just couldn't seem to put it down. The story is interwoven beautifully with day-to-day life that really puts you in Roman England. I wish we'd gotten more time with Julia, as she would have provided a great opportunity to reveal information or get a character to realize feelings, etc. as children are so often frightfully observant. It would have been nice to have Porcia be more of a char The Warrior's Bride Prize is a fabulous story. I greatly enjoyed it, powering through the book in under a day. I just couldn't seem to put it down. The story is interwoven beautifully with day-to-day life that really puts you in Roman England. I wish we'd gotten more time with Julia, as she would have provided a great opportunity to reveal information or get a character to realize feelings, etc. as children are so often frightfully observant. It would have been nice to have Porcia be more of a character as well. The story starts out with her seeming as though she will play a large role, but then she disappears. Especially once you find out her history with Livia, I would think Livia would confide in her more. Livia and Marius are definitely hot-headed and temperamental, perhaps more than always makes sense. They seem to fly from one extreme to the other very quickly at times. But they also share an excellent chemistry. I highly recommend The Warrior's Bride Prize. It's definitely worth picking up.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    It was refreshing to find a historical romance with a setting as unique as Roman-occupied Britain. It's a nice break from a genre that's so dominated by Regency settings that it's hard to find something else, and for someone who doesn't go as wild for Regency romances as the mass majority apparently does, books like this one are very welcome. I would have appreciated a little more variety in word choice, and there was a lot of repetition - characters rehashing something that just happened a few It was refreshing to find a historical romance with a setting as unique as Roman-occupied Britain. It's a nice break from a genre that's so dominated by Regency settings that it's hard to find something else, and for someone who doesn't go as wild for Regency romances as the mass majority apparently does, books like this one are very welcome. I would have appreciated a little more variety in word choice, and there was a lot of repetition - characters rehashing something that just happened a few pages earlier - that might have been okay if I'd only been reading, say, a couple of chapters a day, but reading 100 pages in one sitting, it felt annoying and unnecessary. Otherwise, this was a pretty standard romance, and clearly well-researched.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Stepj Gear

    I won’t lie, I love a good romance novel. I love knowing that ultimately at the end we are going to get the couple together, but I love reading the journey to that point! This book delivered exactly what I wanted from it. I enjoyed reading the romance scenes, loved getting to know the characters and absorbed the dialogue and historical settings easily. The story was well written and had a great flow to it, making it easy to read. It was evident from the first page that this book was going to be I won’t lie, I love a good romance novel. I love knowing that ultimately at the end we are going to get the couple together, but I love reading the journey to that point! This book delivered exactly what I wanted from it. I enjoyed reading the romance scenes, loved getting to know the characters and absorbed the dialogue and historical settings easily. The story was well written and had a great flow to it, making it easy to read. It was evident from the first page that this book was going to be a ‘page-turner’ and I wasn’t wrong, as I had it finished within the same day. I loved the characters, especially the relationship between Livia and Marius. I would have liked to have seen more from the battle that took place at the end but I was very happy with how the story concluded. The writing style was really well put together, helping to create an easy and enjoyable reading experience. I will definately be keeping my eye open for any further work by this author. Jenni has a wonderful way in which she writes, really opening up the imagination and providing the reader with easy to imagine scenes.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Snowdon

    I’m in love with a Roman centurion called Marius! It’s not often I get carried away but Jenni Fletcher has created an incredible hero. Who knew a Roman romance could be so dramatic and meaningful? It was a striking and realistic telling of an era I hadn’t read before. The little touches of everyday life brought history and the story to life. This author always gives us something more, some twist on a revelation, and this time was no exception. I won’t give the game away, suffice to say, it was v I’m in love with a Roman centurion called Marius! It’s not often I get carried away but Jenni Fletcher has created an incredible hero. Who knew a Roman romance could be so dramatic and meaningful? It was a striking and realistic telling of an era I hadn’t read before. The little touches of everyday life brought history and the story to life. This author always gives us something more, some twist on a revelation, and this time was no exception. I won’t give the game away, suffice to say, it was very nicely done indeed.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Vana

    This is not set in the time period I usually read but as I like Jenni Fletcher, I thought I would give it a chance. I am glad I did. it was an excellent story set beside the Roman Wall in the North of England. The author, who I believe lives in Yorkshire obviously has had first hand access to the places she has written about and it shows in the quality of knowledge expressed. A worthy hero and heroine and a good plot Well worth a read.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Toth Jo-Ann

    This was a great story. I've never read a book about the Roman era. This story was well written and gave you insight to a time we don't no much about. It talks about the Honour Marius was working for. Then there is the hidden shame that Livia is made to feel about her mom. Its about second love for Livia and first time Marius. Its fun to turn the pages to see the discovery Livia goes thru. This was a great story. I've never read a book about the Roman era. This story was well written and gave you insight to a time we don't no much about. It talks about the Honour Marius was working for. Then there is the hidden shame that Livia is made to feel about her mom. Its about second love for Livia and first time Marius. Its fun to turn the pages to see the discovery Livia goes thru.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Greta

    Fletcher brings history alive in this brilliant, well-researched ode to life along Hadrian’s Wall. Her wonderfully complex characters battle conflicting loyalties as they fight to make a life in Rome’s northern borderlands. The bond that Livia and Marius forge feels very authentic—two characters who must reconcile walls both within and without. I was rooting for them all the way!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Well written, good story, but the romance was lukewarm and didn't have much emotional depth for me. The writing was a bit cold, removed and not emotional engaging and I didn't like the ending. It started off well but by the midway point the romance had stagnated for me and it never recovered. Well written, good story, but the romance was lukewarm and didn't have much emotional depth for me. The writing was a bit cold, removed and not emotional engaging and I didn't like the ending. It started off well but by the midway point the romance had stagnated for me and it never recovered.

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