Thursday, November 21, 2013

Review: Diana by the Moon by Tracy Cooper-Posey

Title: Diana by the Moon
Author: Tracey Cooper-Posey
Source: Author Request
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: November 12, 2013
Reviewer: Jasmyn

He is Arthur’s man. His duty is his life. She fears and mistrusts him. The only way they will survive is to work together.

Britain, 469 A.D.:  Shortly after the Roman legions returned to Rome, leaving Britain open to Saxon attacks, Diana's abusive parents die during a Saxon raid on their villa farm, the same day her brother takes most of the male slaves and servants to join the rebel Celt, Arthur.

Diana, who no longer trusts anyone, must find a way for the women in her household to survive after the enemy has stolen everything. They struggle to eke out a living from the meager provisions remaining.

Alaric, proud Celtic warrior and trusted lieutenant to the upstart British leader, Arthur, has been sent by him to establish and maintain a line of signal beacons — one of which must be built on a strategic hill on Diana's property.

His mission is critical to the security of Britain.  Alaric must overcome his hatred of Romans if he is to fulfill Arthur’s ambitions in the north.  He forces Diana to agree in return for the protection of Alaric and his men.  Diana is pulled into a deadly political net, when Roman British enemies, including the Bishop of Eboracum, take exception to her new Celtic allies.

A haunting tale of two lives touched by the coming of King Arthur, and two hearts and souls struggling to come together against odds as great as those against Britain itself. Only together will they survive, or else be sundered…forever.

Diana by the Moon is part of the Jewels of Tomorrow series.

*There is a minor spoiler included in the review.  It is written in white so if you want to see it, highlight over the missing sentence in the review and it will show up*

Diana by the Moon takes place in Arthurian England - but it is far from your typical story from this time period.  Diana is a young Roman woman left to run her family's estate after a Saxon raid kills the men.  She is a very strong character, but the experiences she had during the raid have left her emotionally scarred with a very hard edge to her personality.  The other women left behind, as well as her little sister Minna, are doing everything they can to try and run the estate to make food for them to survive.

Alaric is a soldier with the celt, Arthur.  Diana hates Arthur - she places part of the blame of the Saxon raid on his shoulders.  Alaric is one of the most loyal soldiers Arthur has and everything he does is for Arthur.  When he offers Diana protection in exchange for food and shelter he has no idea how slim things are.  As they work the estate together they become more and more close, with an uneasy friendship developing between them.

There is a lot of charcter building in the story which I love.  Both Diana and Alaric are so very well developed with a depth to them I don't see very often in a romance.  There were a few side storylines amongst the other characters to help keep the story interesting at all times as well.  This would have gotten five starts but for two things.  One is a pet peeve about either of my main characters having sex during the book with someone other than the other leading character.  I know that it happened during the time and it was historically accurate, but it's just something I'm not a fan of.  Also, one of the most important side characters is killed, and I think she should have been saved - but that's because I loved her so much.  This was a great story and I'm so glad I read it.

Author Bio:

Tracy Cooper-Posey is an Amazon #1 Best Selling Author.  She writes erotic vampire romances, hot romantic suspense, paranormal and urban fantasy romances.  She has published over 50 novels since 1999, been nominated for five CAPAs including Favourite Author, and won the Emma Darcy Award. 

She turned to indie publishing in 2011. Her indie titles have been nominated four times for Book Of The Year and Byzantine Heartbreak was a 2012 winner.  She has been a national magazine editor and for a decade she taught romance writing at MacEwan University. 

She is addicted to Irish Breakfast tea and chocolate, sometimes taken together.  In her spare time she enjoys history, Sherlock Holmes, science fiction and ignoring her treadmill. An Australian, she lives in Edmonton, Canada with her husband, a former professional wrestler, where she moved in 1996 after meeting him on-line.

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