A Gladiator's Oath (Roman Hearts Book 1) by Tanya Bird This is a new author to me and I look forward to reading more of her books! I really enjoyed being transported back in time when the world gathered to Rome’s coliseums to watch and be entertained by the infamous gladiators and the wild exotic animals as they fight to the death. It starts out with Mila who is a slave and a gifted street fighter with one goal which is to earn her freedom from slavery. Mila got that opportunity when she was bought as a slave by a woman who herself dreamed of fighting as a gladiator when she was younger but was denied because, of her upper class status. So, vicariously she paid for Mila’s gladiator training by the best gladiator of the time and contracted an agreement if she won the one fight she would give Mila her freedom. If only it was that easy. The storyline is engaging and well written with great attention to world building detail and, the plot has a couple surprising twists I didn’t see coming. I loved the charming chemistry, witty banter, and the slow burn romance between the admirable and heart felt protagonists. This story is touching and tells of the power of believing in oneself, and the strength and fortitude to keep going through extreme physical and emotional pain, and the metal to never give up and to never give in. I’m looking forward to the next book. Happy Reading!