New Yorker Lena Castamolino has trouble. Big trouble. Every time the full moon shines, her body tries to turn into a wild beast, and she has no idea why. Her skin goes all leathery, and her shoulders begin the agonizing transformation into wings. Wings! Could it have to do with her recent move to Rome — a magical city that called to her for years? Or does the answer lie in the father who abandoned her at birth? Either way, she needs help, because all the grit and determination in the world can’t stop the moon — or the evil forces hot on her trail.
Eternal City? Eternal banishment is more like it for members of the despised Monseratti clan. But wolf shifter Sergio Monseratti has been granted one last chance to return to the city he loves, and he’s not about to blow it. “All” he has to do is bring down a ruthless mafia boss, and he can’t afford any distractions now. And he absolutely, positively cannot fall in love with the mysterious woman who could be the key to saving the city, no matter how high the passion between them builds.
Dazzling starlets, billionaire playboys, vengeful enemies, power-hungry dragons, secret heirs… It’s impossible to know who to trust, but one thing is for sure — destiny is on the move, and Rome is its stage.
5.0 out of 5 stars Rome - a city with passion and challenges
Reviewed in the United States on May 4, 2020
Fire Maidens:Rome was dramatic and old world mystery wrapped into one. This is the story that makes you want to keep reading and urging Sergio and Lena on towards a happy ever after. Immediately you have Lena who is compelled to be pleasant to the clients when all she really wants is to be free to express her talent. Sergio is the mystery to her, is he good or bad? He’s helping her with all of her new experiences. As Sergio and Lena traversed Rome and faced challenges and passions, you are along for the ride. It is a fun read that takes you through Europe as part of the Fire Maidens.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fire Maidens: Rome
Reviewed in the United States on November 14, 2019
Fire Maidens:Rome is book three in the Billionaires & Bodyguards series and it's a great addition! This is Sergio and Lena's story! We first met Sergio in book two, Fire Maidens:London, where he was a supporting character! I really loved him as the hero in this book!
Lena has just relocated to Rome-somewhere she has always wanted to live. She does photography primarily for tourists and bridal parties to pay the bills. Hoping to one day have her work published, she has lots of spare time to photograph the sites with her unique perspective. Things are going well until her body started doing some pretty spectacular things. None of this was going on prior to her coming to Rome. She is caught mid-shift one night by Sergio. He was there to let his wolf run free for awhile. He shifts back to a human and offers Lena his help. She understands that she is shifting, but she doesn't know why? Something with her Mom or maybe her Dad? He was not around throughout her life, so she has no clues about him. Lena doesn't know what to make of it that's for sure.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Lots of romance, suspense, and intrigue that the series is known for! Lena and Sergio have some serious chemistry!! I found the idea of Lena's awakening as a shifter a totally different and interesting angle. Most all shifters know what they are from birth so this was refreshing. The Guardians of Rome sure are an eclectic bunch they are! True to the set up of the series, each council is headed by a woman! I am especially drawn to that!
Anna does a great job by giving us the groundwork for the next book in the series! I look forward to seeing how the hero will handle the Guardians, the enemies, and of course, his Fire Maiden!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Series is just getting better
Reviewed in the United States on July 6, 2020
When I am having trouble to decide on a genre or book to read – to get me back in the swing of it, I turn to a group of authors that I can always trust to bring me out of a rut, and Anna Lowe is on that list. This is the third book in this series, and it’s just as good, or even better than the first two. I read this book in a day, that’s how hard it was to put down. Our Fire Maiden in this is Lena, who has no idea of the shifter world or supernaturals, but you can see some of her abilities from the beginning, even if she can’t by being able to see the true souls of people.
This a great romance, with Sergio and Lena, and seeing the major action scene is a nail biter, and when Lena shifts for the first time, I felt like I was there watching it all unfold in person. Action, discovery, love and loyalty. It’s all in these books, and I just “know’ the next book has to be about one of my favorite supporting characters from this book, Marco, and I can’t wait to read it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Sergio and Lena
Reviewed in the United States on November 8, 2019
This is my new favorite series, I say that whenever Anna Lowe starts to write a new one and I mean it every time! In the previous book, Liam and Gemma's story we were introduced to Sergio and I have been eagerly awaiting his story.
Sergio has a checkered past, like all his team members in the Legion it's not something he's proud of but he did what was necessary to protect his mother and it made him who he is. Because of his past and what he knows The Guardians of Rome have asked him to come back and help with what could possibly be a mafia problem. When his "mafia boss" visits a photoshoot involving his girlfriend Sergio goes along and is shocked that the photographer is the dragon shifter he met recently. As if her being a shifter isn't enough his wolf insists that she's his mate.
Lena has always dreamed of living in Rome and now she's living there but she doesn't know why on the full moon her body tries to change into a beast but what kind? At a photo shoot, she sees the man/wolf she met in the park recently.
Later Lena is shocked when Sergio comes to the room she is renting and offers to help her with what has been happening to her, can he be trusted?
I was given an ARC of this book and am voluntarily writing my review.