A Humphrey Review of Maximus

Humphrey has been getting his grump on, and the click, click, click of his bear claws as he ventures down the hall drives me nuts. He says a bear worth his salt never wears slippers. I remind him gently that he is a stuffed bear, and he lives in comfort in a house with no other animals (except for me) and not in the wilds of Alaska. There is nobody to attack, and no salmon to swipe from freezing waters. Sheesh.

“I do apologize for being grumpy,” Humphrey said. “I need something of substance to read.”

“I’ve got just the thing.” I quickly produce the Kindle, scroll down and find Maximus, a historical romance set in Ancient Rome, and written by fellow Wild Rose Press author, Christine Elaine Black.


Humphrey stands close by swishing his whiskey on the rocks, and looking rather skeptical.

“You’ll enjoy this one. Lots of history but no big info dumps, because the author does a great job of weaving the history cleverly throughout the story, and there’s an interesting romance. Oh, and a great kid—”

“A kid!”

“Trust me you’ll like him. He’s an important part of the hero and heroine’s past, but doesn’t get in the way of the romance. And there’s another fabulous secondary character, the father of the heroine. ”

Humphrey scans a few pages. “Hmmm.  Ancient Rome.  I do believe I will enjoy reading about this.” He tucks the kindle underneath one arm. Click, click, click.

“May I put socks on your feet? I’ll let you sit in the recliner, but no smoking.”

“Fine. I’ll just chew on one.” He glances at his legs as I roll on the socks. “Ho, ho, ho? It’s April!”

“They look cute. Besides, you’re always complaining about how cold the air-conditioning is.”

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Later that afternoon, I hear him muttering. “Socks! Damn socks.” He’d skidded along the hall, and I jumped up and grabbed him just in time. 

“Got no traction. Nearly ended up on my, ah…behind.”

“Sorry, Humph.” I smoothed his ruffled fur. “You finished the book. What do you think?”

“I give it five paws, and I enjoyed it immensely. Does Ms. Black have any more books out?”

“This is the first of her Imperial Desire series. Next up is Taurus.

“Excellent. I think I’ll pour another drink. Reading is thirsty business.”

A few words about Maximus:

Carissa Valeria distrusts the handsome soldier who rescues her reckless son from plunging to an early death. Recalling the man’s heartless treatment of her from years ago, she itches to even the score, but her son hails the rescuer as a hero. When he becomes her neighbor, her son’s friendship with the soldier threatens to uncover old secrets and place her family and her heart in danger.

Exiled to the countryside by the Roman emperor, Maximus Octavius is confounded by the brittle countenance of the woman he’s willing to befriend. She’s afraid, and he’s determined to find out why. But helping Carissa and her son means confronting the guilt of his long-forgotten past and stirring the silenced passion in his heart.

Can Maximus win Carissa before fear and revenge tear them apart forever?


Christine Elaine Black was born in Scotland, and currently resides in Ontario, Canada. Her favorite stories to write are romantic fiction with an ancient Roman theme, filled with heart-stopping and page-turning situations to make you fall in love with the past again and again.

Maximus is available as an e-Book at www.Amazon.com and www.thewildrosepress.com





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12 Responses to A Humphrey Review of Maximus

  1. Nan says:

    I love Humphrey’s reviews. Frankly, I love hearing about Humphrey–he’s a polar bear with class! My little polar bear, Schatzie, simply sits in the wing chair in my office like a lump. Barney the beaver at least has the decency to sit on my desk and offer advice as I write.

    Thanks for the tip about Christine’s books–I’ll check her out! Happy Monday and Happy April, Roben!

  2. Nikki McIntosh says:

    Ha!! Love the pic that goes along with this … I think you need to bring him to the next conference!!!

  3. Dee J. says:

    Keep an eye on that guy…next thing you know he’ll be asking you to drive him to the burlesque club across town…

  4. Christine Elaine Black says:

    I’m honored that Humphrey read my book and gave it five paws. I’d give him a hug but I think he likes his ‘personal space’. Bottoms up, Humphrey. :):)

    • robena grant says:

      Yes, Christine. He’s a rather reserved British gentlebear. But he did tell me he did some research on you today and noticed Taurus went into on KDP Select at the weekend. Congratulations! Must go get my copy, otherwise he’ll bug me non-stop. : )

  5. Sam Beck says:

    I sympathize with the sock thing. Just the other evening my son and I were sock-skating on our floors and I fell on my…behind…too. Please thank Humphrey for another great review. My head is full of Russell Crowe in full Gladiator mode and I’m off to hit “buy” on Maximus!

  6. Robena Grant says:

    Hope your butt…behind…is okay, Sam. And oh yeah, so with you on the Russell Crowe mention…but that’s the Aussie in me. Love me a good Aussie guy. ; )

  7. Julie says:

    You know how I feel about the mystical and mysterious…. well, historical settings for authours are ALL about the past lives! A series? Very nice.

    Love this bear, and oh sure, the nice lady he lives with, too.

  8. robena grant says:

    Thanks for coming by, Julie. Yes. I could see you enjoying this read. I love historical romance but so often the setting is in the UK. This is a refreshing change.
    Thanks for the blush worthy compliments. : )