Sold and Seduced/ Michelle Styles/Mills & Boon/ISBN 978-0-263-85170-0/£3.69/295pgs/ PB
Rome 68.B.C. When Lydia Veratia is accused of selling wine that was already promised to Fabius Aro, he demands a high price. He wants her for his bride and nothing else will do! Lydia believes he will be satisfied with a Sine manu marriage, which would mean that her father would remain her guardian. However, for Aro nothing but a cum manu marriage will do. Lydia resists, because she feels that he wants to own her and believes she is being sold in return for her father's honour.
Aro allows her to believe that it is a political marriage. Her father can help him to achieve his dream of becoming a senator and keeping a vow he made to his father's memory. Lydia longs for her freedom and Aro makes her a bargain – either she will beg for his kisses within seven days or he will give her her wish. Can Lydia resist or will she fall prey to this man's ruthless seduction?
This sensual, beautifully written and researched book is an absolute joy to read. I think it is equally as good as her first – The Gladiator's Honor – which has been short-listed for the RNA Romance prize. Award five red roses, Anne.