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Ending the trilogy with the first born son of Rufus is clever. We read middle child Mila’s story in book 1, youngest child Dulcia in book 2 and the oldest in this story. Well rounded and all three end with a happy ever after. I enjoyed the Roman Hearts series as I did The Companion series. The heart is truly affected by this fictional story and their characters. I have enjoyed all the characters and love how the author spins her magical talent in creating a romantic scene in an otherwise violent, brutal Roman lifestyle. The comedic moments were aptly placed to reduce the tension and seriousness of the plot but I have enjoyed every moment. I highly recommend this historical romance where woman fight for their identities and freedom.
I read all 3 books in the set. Loved them all. I have always loved to read and watch movies about. I am always looking for more books on Rome. So excited to find this set. Love the way it keeps track of all the characters from book to book. Will definitely read her books again.
I enjoyed this series immensely, and the final installment was my favorite. I adored Nerva’s character in the first two, and was so excited to read his story. All of Tanya Bird’s female leads are smart, cunning and insanely brave, and Brei was no exception. And it was awesome catching up with all the old characters I grew to love so much. I’m sad it’s over. But looking forward to more brilliant storytelling from Ms. Bird.
How do you write a novel about a Roman General and a warrior of the Maeatae tribes? How do you make it exciting, fascinating, achingly romantic? Tanya Bird knows! In a Legate's Pledge, she once again delivers a story that leaps off the pages! Nerva and Brei, enemies from two different worlds, meet, clash, and are driven by their feelings for each other to bridge their differences. Their journey is so worth the read! Loved it!
There is now way to regret purchasing one of Tanya Bird's amazing stories. I TRULY loved Brei and Nerva's story.. and with this being the end of this series it was done beautifully. Tanya's stories bring you everything but mostly HAPPINESS.
Tanya Bird has done it again! A Legate's Pledge is an enemies to lovers story set in the rich and violent background of Rome's occupation of early Scotland. This is the last book in her Roman Hearts series and what a way to end the series!
Nerva is a Legate in the Roman army sent to Caledonia to wipe out the native tribes and establish Roman rule. Brei is a Maeatae warrior that has her heart set on killing Nerva for being the general that leads the part of the Roman army that destroyed her village. There is a lot of push and pull between Nerva and Brei. Nerva has become disillusioned with his path in life as a Roman solider and the only son of a very wealth and influential Roman family. Brei is trying to survive the Roman invasion and keep her family and village alive. Both couldn't be more opposite in where they come from and where they ultimately want to end up but fate has other plans for them.
A Legate's Pledge is full of action from page one. Rome was violent and blood thirsty society and Ms. Bird doesn't shy away from that. This is a real slow burn between Nerva and Brei. Both have complicated feelings for each other and they are so different in not just where they come from but the fabric of their beings are at complete odds with each other. She is the embodiment of the wilds of the Highlands and he is the embodiment of the rich and proper Roman high society.
While it can be a standalone there is a lot of history and characters in the prior two books that give a lot more depth and richness to Nerva and Brei's story. A Legate's Pledge is my favorite out of the series and if you have read the other two books in the Roman Hearts series this is a must.
Tanya Bird is a gifted storyteller who has broken the mold with her books., taking us on a journey into a time and place that many HR books don't go. I first fell in love with her "Companion" series books. Each book a page turner. Having read HR for nearly 40 years, I am always looking for new talent with a refreshing story. Tanya delivers, each and every time. I will buy and read anything she writes, knowing she will take me on a journey. In Legate's Pledge, we are reunited with Nerva, the brother of his two half sisters, who were born from their father's mistress slave who lived in his household. Nerva was a true brother and friend to his sisters, despite their slave status. Nerva finds himself a soldier and leader for the conquering Roman army. Brei is a female warrior who first came into Nerva's attention when they were locked into a hand to hand battle. He found he could not kill a woman, so he let her live, even as she steals his well loved horse. Not to be bested, he tracks her down and Brei is taken captive and ships to Rome to be sold as a slave. What ensues after is a story of a love that can never be because of each other's status. Nerva is from a wealthy political family and is expected to pick up his father's handle by serving in the Senate and marrying a woman of beauty and equal standing. You will be turning the pages, well past the midnight hour once you begin their story. Reading the first two books is not a necessity, but is certainly helpful in understanding the times, the people and culture that connects the other characters in the story. You are in for a treat if you start with book 1 of the series because you will have 3 outstanding books that intertwine.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on August 1, 2019
A Legate's Pledge follows Mila and Dulcia's brother, Nerva Papias. He is a General and while fighting in the war he comes across Brei. He takes her as a prisoner in order to save her life and she is taken back to Rome.
I absolutely LOVED Brei. I loved Brei <i> almost </i> as much as I loved Mila. Brei was strong and spirited and fearless. I was actually surprised by how much I enjoyed Nerva in this one. I was never a huge fan of him in the previous two books, but I thought he and Brei were perfect for each other.
Tanya never lets me down, and I highly enjoyed this one!