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Liberty by [Headlee, Kim Iverson, Headlee, Kim, Iverson, Kimberly]
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How hard would you fight for a chance at impossible love?

“Epic.” ~ Drue’s Random Chatter Reviews.

From the critically acclaimed, award-winning pen of Kim Iverson Headlee comes the thrilling, poignant tale of love across a vast social divide.

WINNER, 2015 BooksGoSocial Best Book.

Betrayed by her father and sold as payment of a Roman tax debt to fight in Londinium's arena, gladiatrix-slave Rhyddes feels like a wild beast in a gilded cage. Celtic warrior blood flows in her veins, but Roman masters own her body. She clings to her vow that no man shall claim her soul, though Marcus Calpurnius Aquila, son of the Roman governor, makes her yearn for a love she believes impossible.

Groomed to follow in his father’s footsteps and trapped in a politically advantageous betrothal, Aquila prefers the purity of combat on the amphitheater sands to the sinister intrigues of imperial politics, and the raw power and athletic grace of the flame-haired Libertas to the adoring deference of Rome's noblewomen.

When a plot to overthrow Caesar ensnares them as pawns in the dark design, Aquila must choose between the Celtic slave who has won his heart and the empire to which they both owe allegiance. Trusting no man and knowing the opposite of obedience is death, the only liberty offered to any slave, Rhyddes must embrace her arena name, Libertas—and the love of a man willing to sacrifice everything to forge a future with her.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 494 pages
  • Publisher: Pendragon Cove Press; 2 edition (16 December 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story - hard to put down... 26 January 2015
By Pam Smith - Published on
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Some books I find hard to put down, `Liberty' was such a book with gripping fast action of what life might have been like in Britain under Roman occupation about 2000 years ago and it held me till the wee small hours. The story of a young girl whose village was attacked by the Picts, killing and pillaging without mercy. But young Rhyddes was a fighter and fought hard to save her family. Unfortunately though, her father seemed to hate her and sold her off to become a Gladiatrix, a female gladiator. It's a gripping story of fighting, lust, love, betrayal and survival.
This is the third book by Kim Headlee I have read and every one has been a joy to read. I can't recommend her books highly enough.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reads 8 March 2017
By Faye Maldonado - Published on
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An excellent read if you lime medical times and love stories mixed together! Would recommend it to all! Very enjoyable and a great ending!
22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Misleading, offensive and boring! 17 December 2006
By Lilly Flora - Published on
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When I first heard about "Liberty" I thought it sounded suspiciously like my favorite book of all time "The Light Bearer" in which a female Germanic freedom fighter is made a gladitaidor and then rescued by a wealthy and enlightened roman man. Fortunately this is not a copy of "The Light Bearer" because that would mean that the characters in this novel have personality, character and integrity, and the book has something resembling a plot.

Perhaps you can tell I didn't like this book. This tells the story of a woman named Rhyddes, who is an 18 year old Celt abused by her father and then sold to pay of a tax debt to the Roman occupiers of Britain. None of this, including being gang raped by the Romans who take her to London to be sold seems to bother her to much. In London in the slave markets she is bought by a gladitaidor trainer named Jamil who went to the market on the hunch that he just might find a women to be a gladiator for him (what a lucky day for him!) In the market she is also bid on and fondled by a man named Marcus Aquila, the son of the governor of Britain who likes to be a gladiator for fun and hates his responsibilities. Though she is offended by this she can't help but be aroused by the touch of the handsome nobleman while she is completely naked and for sale in a public place. How romantic!

The book continues in this vein with Rhyddes being a ridiculously good fighter and lusting after Marcus, Marcus lusting Rhyddes though he is to be married and for some reason respecting her, though he never scrupled to by slaves for sex in the past. Their story is pasted off as love yet at one point Rhyddes begged Marcus to buy her because her new owners are literally going to rape and kill her and her refuses because of some stupid reason. Then there is some nonsense about a plot to overthrow the emperor using gladiators and bla bla bla.....

In short this book is awful. The history is inaccurate and poorly articulated, leaving the reader with a false image of the time and a completely skewed grasp of the social structure of Roman sonority. What eventually happened to Rhyddes, especially in terms of status, is not possible. Though this is supposedly a romance novel there is no love expressed here, only basic lust. Rhyddes is an offensive character to any woman because of her obvious lack of self-respect, and I say this knowing the societal pressures she would have been under at the time. For all extents and purposes she acts like a modern woman except when it comes to forgiving anyone, particularly men, for doing terrible wrongs to her and then taking the blame for all problems any men have caused her. In fact all the women in the book do this. Marcus is equally offensive, a spoiled rich kid who in his career as a gladiator obviously had special protection (who could kill the son of the governor or even wound him seriously without being killed himself?) who only thinks about himself and doesn't really seem to care if the supposed love of his life is killed of raped. All of this made this novel a nasty chore to read and I surprised I managed to finish to it. I just can't really recommend this book. Read "The Light Bearer" instead. Read anything instead.

Two stars, just because I did manage to finish it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 3 November 2015
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OMG I cried.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unique but interesting! Hard to read at times. NOT for the faint of heart!! 12 May 2015
By April Renn/AprilR - Published on
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LIBERTY by Kim Iverson Headlee is an enticing Ancient Romance Historical Romance set around 160 AD Rome. *This is the second edition*

This is the tale of one woman's struggles, Rhyddes (aka-Liberty) a glaiatrix-slave, sold by her father for a debt owed to a Roman tax collector. "Liberty/Libertas" is the tale of betrayal, intrigue, sacrifice, survival, lust, romance and unrequited love.

Also, meet Marcus Calpurnis Aquila is the son of a Roman governor, "Aquila" or "Eagle" who is falling in love with the noble, Celtic Warrior, Liberty.

While, an interesting tale, some of the language felt a bit out of place for the era, overall, an interesting and satisfying read. Liberty had a hopeless, helpless life, but though it all she kept her soul intact. "Liberty" is a story with many facets, and characters. Well written with an interesting cast of characters. The storyline is rather unique in the premise of young love, lovers who can never be together, for a Gladiators' life is to "obey or die". Interesting and intriguing, but at times very frustrating as well. This story is NOT for the faint of heart, some parts of the story was hard to read. This story is at times hard to follow, not easy to read, but overall a unique and entertaining read. If you enjoy Ancient Rome, Historical Romance, a story with many facets, than I would recommend picking up "Liberty".

*Please be warned, this story is NOT for the faint of heart as it does have scenes which includes violence and sexual assault**

*Received for an honest review*

Rating: 4

Heat rating: Hot (involves violence and sexual assault)

Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More