Jun 8 2006
Dear Ms. Nash,
I picked up a copy of Celtic Fire for the unusual setting for today’s romance and managed to get past the God awful cover. You seem to have done your homework about the clash between the Celtic tribes of Britain and their Roman conquerors. You nicely weave it into the story. I applaud the somewhat crude language that’s used since this makes the setting true to the (less PC) times. It’s mainly in connection to the sex scenes and in characters’ comments about the hero/heroine relationship. But one thing I could have done without quite so much of were the comments, almost every time the hero and heroine are in the same room, about the state of the hero’s arousal. This got old.
I do like the Roman hero’s relationship with his son and with his old mentor. The distance
seems realistic for a family that has been separated for so long by a father in the army. I also like how you showed the heroine’s relationship to her brother and worked that into the plot. I
was disappointed that once again we get stuck with a “healer” heroine but
that’s the breaks. She does act a little warlike in the beginning and manages to shoot the hero in the ass with an arrow.
Celtic religion plays a large role in the plot. At the time it was not soft and cuddly so I think readers should be prepared for some violence and somewhat graphic descriptions of various rites. Especially the death scene of the hero’s brother which sets the scene for his ghost to haunt the hero. Also, this is not a PC time and while you don’t go overboard in describing details, you do convey the fact that women aren’t seen as equals and that captured women can expect to be used as their captors see fit.
Alas, the romance aspect of the story is fairly standard. The heroine and hero lust after each other and the hero has only to touch the heroine and she’s a puddle of mush ready to let him do anything. Oh and she’s never had an orgasm.
I’m glad I ended up buying this new, even though my grade will be a C+, if only to support a well done different setting. A book I thought slightly better that has a similar setting is “Alena” by Merline Lovelace.