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Loved it! 😍

A compelling, gripping, original time travelling romance novel with wonderful characters

I love Ancient Rome and I love time travelling romances, so this one was an easy pick for me. That said, I didn't expect to enjoy it quite as much as I did. This is a well-written, exciting read that moves along at a wonderful pace. I actually read it all in a few hours.


Our main character, Nicole, is great. She is very well-rounded, with great backstory and a believable reaction to the strange scenario in which she finds herself (thrown backwards through time to Ancient Rome). I loved her and her relationship with Brandy, her former friend with whom she has a longstanding enmity. The two being thrown together in this strange scenario made for some lovely friction.


Marcus, the master of the house Nicole becomes a slave in, is also a good character, with his own well-developed history. Despite being Roman, he had thankfully forward-thinking ideas about women, which made the romance aspect of the story far more comfortable than it might have been otherwise.


I'll be honest: I had reservations about reading a romance plot between a slave and her owner. The idea is not a comfortable one, and I was prepared to have some issues with it. However, Makris does a lovely job of establishing their relationship as equals as much as possible.


What I really loved the most about this story was the plot; it was rich and multi-faceted, with a lot of intrigue and excitement. I was genuinely glued to this. The mysteries of Cassius, a man who may have the power to send them home, and their missing friend Autumn provide the basis for a genuinely original story.


The novel ends on a cliffhanger, setting up the stage for more in the series, and I can't wait for more.


It is worth mentioning that one thing I was a little disappointed about was the use of rape as a plot device here; it could be argued that it makes sense given the historical setting, but I really find it cheapens a story. Just be warned that if it's a sensitive topic for you, it's in here.


That said, this was still an overall excellent read, and I definitely recommend it.

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I'm 30 years old and from England. In my real life, I'm a teacher of English. In my spare time, I love reading, writing and editing. I'm a romance obsessive and also a huge nerd.

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About the author

S.K. MAKRIS was born and raised in Oklahoma before joining the Navy. After military life, she was finally able to follow up on a lifelong dream. Writing Ancilla was fueled by incredible amounts of coffee and occasionally disturbed by the barking of her four-legged children. view profile

Published on June 19, 2020

90000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Worked with a Reedsy professional 🏆

Genre: Time Travel Romance

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