This was a kindle freebie. I found it an interesting read. Elsbeth's father, home and kingdom are conquered by an invading roman king and she and what remains of her father's kingdom become the spoils of war. The king is attracted to Elsbeth because of her stunning beauty and red northerner hair, and her fiesty spirit, she is unique compared to all the dark haired Romans. He decides to keep her as his concubines and his wife, actually become friends. Most of the book covers the development of Elsberh and Leo's relationship thru more war, more attacks, and the life of a woman in those hard times. Warning, this not a warm and fuzzy romance read.