The Roman - Caroline Storer

The Roman

Published Harper Impulse

20th February 2014

 

ROME AD 79 - The one woman he ever loved was the one woman who betrayed him. And now, the Roman will have his revenge… Marsallas and Justina were young, beautiful and desperately in love once, until a tragic betrayal tore them apart.  Six years have passed since that day and Marsallas has since thrown himself into the deadly world of chariot racing, gaining fortune, fame, and a salacious reputation throughout Rome.  His bed could be kept warm by a different woman each night if he chooses, but his heart remains iced over as the memory of Justina’s betrayal continues to haunts him.  The last thing he expects is to see her again, but when she steps back into his life he sees a chance to avenge his broken heart.  But beneath the hurt, an attraction so intense still burns between the two, and as their fates begin to intertwine once more, their determination to resist one another starts to falter…

 

 

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Excerpt

 

“Where is she?” he hissed, the words forced past tight lips, his face pinched with anger.

                  “Outside.”

                  Marsallas said nothing for a moment as his mind raced frantically.  He stared at the wooden door, as if he could actually see through it.  Justina was here.  Outside and waiting for him.  He felt his stomach clench, and he forced down the wave of nausea that threatened at the thought of meeting her again.  Conflicting emotions surged though him.  Anger vied with despair.  Rage battled hope.  But it was fear that took precedence.  Because fear was a double edged sword…  

Fear could make him lose what little control he had over his emotions when it came to Justina; emotions he had ruthlessly tried to supress for years now.  Fear could make him lash out, to try and hurt her as much as she had hurt him, or equally, it could make him do something totally out of character, like pull her into his arms and kiss her.  Because when it came to Justina, she made him think and feel things he’d never felt for any woman. 

For six years long years he’d desperately tried to wipe her from his memory.  Sometimes he succeeded, often going weeks without thinking about her.  But then something would happen, a jolt to his memory, and he would find himself once more wondering about her…remembering her...

Justina.  The only woman he’d ever loved…and the only woman he’d ever hated.  She’d taken his love and thrown it back in his face, and in the space of one day she had systematically destroyed him.  Her betrayal had turned the young, untried man he’d once been, and made him into the cold, hard, bastard he was today. 

And now she was here, waiting outside his quarters, wanting an audience with him. 

 
 

About the author

I’ve always been a dreamer, thinking up plots for books ever since I was a child.  I actually started writing my first book in 2007, when my husband “popped out for a bit” on New Year’s day and returned home about three hours later with a laptop he’d bought for me in the January sales.  I remember him plonking it down on my lap and saying, “Now you’ve got no excuse.  Start writing that book you’ve been going on about!” 

I work part time as an Environmental Health Officer, and I live on the beautiful (if slightly windy) island of Anglesey in North Wales.  (Anglesey, you may recall was recently home to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.)  I live in a small village near the sea with my very own AlphaHero husband – Colin, and my AlphaDog – Bob.

 

Author Links

You can find me on my blog at - http://carolinestorer.blogspot.co.uk/

 

Giveaway

 

For your chance to enter to grab some of the swag in this tour giveaway, follow Caroline on Twitter (@CarolineStorer6) and your answer in the comments to this question:

“Marsallas is a man who hides his warmth under a cold and arrogant front.  Which actor do you think would be suitable to play him in The Roman movie?”

 

Tell us what you think, and you’ll be entered into the draw.  Winners will be chosen by the author after the giveaway closes on 25th May 2014.  Don’t forget to leave your Twitter name in the comment too!

 

The giveaway is open Internationally:

                                                      2 x A4 notebooks

                                                      1 x A5 notebook

1 x A6 notebook

A pack of pens

A box of notelets and envelopes

A copy of Stephen King's "On Writing"

 

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Caroline Storer | Reply 23.05.2014 19.56

Thanks for having me on your fabulous blog. Caroline xx

julie ryan 23.05.2014 20.04

You're very welcome Caroline

Shaz Goodwin | Reply 23.05.2014 19.16

Thank you for hosting an excerpt on tour today Julie.

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