Ancient Ties by Jane Leopold Quinn
I was so proud of this book. My debut novel came out to so many 5 star reviews that I was petrified I couldn’t write a follow up. I have, but your first is the biggest thrill.
Ancient Ties is a time travel to 2nd Century Roman Britain in Aquae Sulis. The first time, as a single gal, I visited Bath and the Roman Museum and Pump Room, I took a photo of a Roman soldier's tombstone. When the pictures were developed, there was a haze over the center carvings, the edges were crystal clear. I told everyone that the soldier had come out to see me. When I went back a few years later with the aforementioned hubby, I took the same photo. It came out completely clear. Evidence that my soldier approved of my husband. So many years later, when I started writing, my first thought was that Roman soldier and what would happen if a small town school teacher from the US visited a crumbling villa, stepped back to 161 AD, and met a Roman soldier.
BlurbBetrayed by her cheating ex, heartbroken Janney Forrester needs a vacation. She gets one -- and much more -- when she lands almost 2,000 years in the past. Crossing over a crumbling stone threshold, she's greeted by the villa's perfect historical detail and the most gorgeous, masculine man she's ever seen, her every sexual fantasy personified. Confusion vies with attraction for control of her emotions, and Janney must reexamine everything she's ever thought about herself.
Roman soldier Marek Benin Verus considers the woman suddenly appearing before him as a gift from the gods. Zeus knows he needs one! Battle fatigued and emotionally scarred after fifteen years in the army, he's on a leave of absence, and he has all the time in the world to devote to seducing this beautiful woman into his bed. He doesn't plan on the powerful and dangerous emotions she inspires in him.
Marek's hard, muscular body is too luscious to resist. Janney decides to risk the comfort of her safe life and carpe diem - seize the day. Marek seizes her body and takes her to the edge -- and over -- to an ecstasy she never knew existed. Can a new world for her, timeless desire, and a loving exploration of each other's bodies forge a passion that survives centuries of separation?
Just Erotic Romance Reviews - 5 StarsThis absorbing tale of time travel left me breathless with anticipation and enticingly affected by the deep emotional connection between Janney and Marek. Although a little slow to start, the storyline becomes explosive, drawing me in with the fascinating historical significance of the Romans in ancient Britannia. The characters are captivating with their complexities, especially the deeply intense Marek, who battles the loss of his wife and the stress of war while being greatly afraid of loving again. One of the most domineering male characters I have read in months, Marek fills the pages with his alpha male tendency to want to conquer Janney while feeling the overwhelming reluctance to admit his emotional need for her. Not only is it necessary to fulfill his lust for her but also overcome her reluctance to love after living through her ex-husband’s betrayal. Janney is confused by her surroundings and unenthusiastic about falling in love. Nonetheless, her every sexual fantasy becomes a reality in the face of her surrender. These sex scenes are explosively intense, often depicting the powerful and luscious connection that they have. Their romance is profoundly inspiring, leaving me feeling warm and sorrowful throughout the novel. Ancient Ties is an absolutely gripping and satisfying read, leaving me looking forward to more novels by this tremendously talented author.
RT - 4-1/2 Stars and Top Pick, Reviewers’ Choice Nominee
for Best Erotic Romance 2006Marek and Janney have a sizzling attraction, and that is where Quinn turns up the heat and intensity. This story has a wonderful balance between sensitivity and sensuality, with humor from the gods on the side. A terrific book.
The Romance Studio - 5 HeartsANCIENT TIES is a novel by Jane Leopold Quinn. Let this reader start off by saying she loved this book! The storyline resounded with freshness and a new voice throughout. Ms. Quinn has taken little threads of history and paranormal pleasuring and combined them into a masterful concoction! Ms. Quinn's writing talents are well displayed in her first novel. Ms. Quinn does an exceptional job of weaving the dialogues and thought sequences into an effortless reading experience.
Ms. Quinn left no stimulating stone unturned as Marek and Janney finally come together. Their sexual buffet is one any carnal connoisseur would love to delve into! Ms. Quinn does an excellent job of keeping Marek and Janney in the forefront and deep within your thoughts. You will never lose contact with them, nor will the reader want to. Marek and Janney's passion and love will take your breath away! These two are a monumental couple! This reader also liked the secondary characters, Mars and Venus. Their divine inception is special! If you read only one paranormal this year, please make it ANCIENT TIES by Jane Leopold Quinn! This reviewer highly recommends it!
Fallen Angel Reviews - 5 Angels - Recommended ReadAncient Ties is not the usual cookie-cutter time travel romance. It’s an intense story of two people reluctant to open their hearts after being deeply hurt. Marek has avoided dealing with his grief and feelings of guilt for years. Janney’s ex-husband didn’t just leave, he completely destroyed her self-confidence.
Ms. Quinn delves into the psyche of her protagonists and really lets the reader experience how the powerful physical attraction Marek and Janney experience from the beginning gradually develops into a deep, emotional connection.
Ancient Ties is one of the best time travel romances I have read in a long while. I absolutely loved it! Ms. Quinn’s graceful style of writing is a perfect compliment to the erotic elements of the storyline. I also appreciated the unusual setting of the Roman occupation of ancient Britain.
I highly recommend this touching, emotional and incredibly erotic love story.
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Jane Leopold Quinn