Vestal Virgin by Suzanne Tyrpak
This is a captivating story of a vestal virgin and the two men who either desire her or want to possess her. It is engrossing because while reading it you seem to be a part of the story with all the smells, sounds, and sights of that time period. Which is why it is hard to put down once you begin reading it - you get hooked on the characters and what will happen to them next.
Christianity plays a large role in the book, and some characters of the bible come to life as the events that take place long ago are interwoven in the story. But as wholesome as that sounds, this book has graphic sexual situations and images of corruption, drug abuse, and scandal throughout that ring true to the times. People follow whoever has supreme power in the book, no matter how distasteful and shocking their actions are. The characters historically are correct, and Roman mythology is talked about.
A really fine read: the characters are well developed, the imagery is defined, and the situations that the characters are place in seem real for the times. All in all a really great fictional story set in Roman times.
Disclosure: This book was provided to me by the author. Any opinions are my own.