Romanus by Mary Calmes ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

Romanus2ndEdLG-1Title: Romanus

Author: Mary Calmes

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Reese Dante

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 06/01/2010

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal


Stopping to offer help one sultry summer night, Mason James is unprepared for the change that this simple act of kindness will bring. After giving an old man a ride home, Mason discovers a new, magical, and even dangerous world he cannot hope to understand. But he also finds Luc Toussaint and is intoxicated at first sight… and even the secret Luc protects won’t be enough to keep Mason away from the truth of his heritage and their love.

My View:

Note: The cover image in this post is the second edition cover, however, review is based on the first edition.

What can I say about Romanus? I have owned this title for a few years but never had a reason to read it. I was entirely sure what to expect, to be honest. I have read many a Mary Calmes title in my day, but never something quite like Romanus. I knew I would love it or hate it. I loved it.

It is not a perfect story, but it kept me turning the pages. I liked Mason from the start. He is very much a Calmes-esque hero. Told in the first person from his point of view, we don’t entirely understand what is going on until he understands. I loved that element of mystery and uncertainty.

Luc is a fairly typical Calmes alpha male. He is jealous and possessive, but he is also insecure about his place in Mason’s life. Especially since he has a secret that he must share with Mason and he is unsure how it will be received.

Okay, how to say this without spoilers. Not everyone is happy with Mason’s appearance. I would have liked a little more action and less info dump when that came to light.

And of course, Luc “annihilates” Mason. It isn’t a Calmes story if that doesn’t happen.

Overall this felt more like a Calmes story that the other story I read for this retro read, The Servant. Mason and Luc have more to tell us, and I, for one, am glad to hear that this isn’t the end of their tale.


Romanus on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.

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