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  • Posted May 20, 2012

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    Entertaining & Sexy Read

    As a big fan of the tv show Spartacus I was immediately drawn to this story and as the pages were turning I became even more immersed in the world and characters Ms. Hawkeye created. From the descriptions of the city, the clothing, and the social and political hierarchies, the images conveyed were extremely realistic and drew me in even deeper and made for an extremely satisfying read.

    Alba has always been a dutiful wife but has slowly come to realize that her life and marriage isn't as satisfying as she thought. When her husband is thought to be sterile, and with their fortunes in dire need of an heir, he devises a plan that has her getting up close and personal with sexy gladiator Caius in hopes of conceiving. As if this isn't emotionally difficult enough, Alba's feeling sexually and emotionally drawn to yet another gladiator, their ludus' champion Marcus. These two men have made her feel more cherished and fulfilled than she's ever felt before. As she sees her husband Lucius becoming more uncaring of her and others in his household, she knows she needs to make a change and take what society says she shouldn't have.

    As this story is written in the first person we get to know Alba quite well and seeing her go from meek and dutiful to assertive was very satisfying. She was a lonely woman with no real friends in their social circle because she detested their superficiality and their poor treatment of the slaves. The only people she opened up to were her personal slave Drusilla and her two gladiators/lovers. I can understand why then she'd sacrifice everything for this small group of people who were more of a family to her than her own husband and relatives.

    I enjoyed the characters of Caius and Marcus but didn't feel as connected to them because we never get to know their inner thoughts. Their both loyal and strong and have different and highly appealing characteristics to meet all of Alba's emotional needs as well as their own when they're together. Drusilla too is a likable character and as her story progressed I felt emotionally drained. There are plenty of unlikable characters as well. Lucius is a manipulative, uncaring man who will do anything for money. His secrets make him even more reckless and I wish his ending would've been more punishing. A noble woman, Hilaria, is anything but. She's truly vile and twisted and I cringed everytime she came on the scene. She would've been a perfect match for Lucius.

    The tv show Spartacus definitely influenced this story in small and subtle ways. A character from the show is spoken of as well as what befalls him. Spartacus' rebellion is mentioned and easily invoked images from the tv show as well. There's lots of sex and violence in this story which isn't surprising considering the time period. There's m/m, m/f, and m/f/m as well, with each of these sexual interludes being extremely graphic and steamy.

    This was an entertaining story with loads of action and romance. While the first person perspective doesn't allow for full insight into all the characters, I was still fully invested in their outcomes. The ending of the story, while extremely satisfying, doesn't seem too plausible to me but with the happiness of my favorite characters at stake I'm not going to quibble. Ms. Hawkeye has created an entertaining story and if she decides to revisit this world again I'll definitely be along for the ride.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 24, 2013

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    Alba is a dutiful, if bored, young Roman wife. But when her chil

    Alba is a dutiful, if bored, young Roman wife. But when her childlessness threatens what is left of the family fortune, her husband forces her to lie with one of their top gladiators.

    She wasn't supposed to enjoy it. And she certainly wasn't supposed to go on to further erotic adventures.

    Marcus and Caius, the top gladiators in the ludum, are brothers-in-arms, and lovers in bed. The sex scenes - between the two of them, between Alba & Marcus, Alba & Caius, and among the three of them, together, are sizzling hot. The historical details, especially about the clothing, felt authentic, though I haven't studied up on that period.

    Still, I didn't see how there could possibly be a HEA, but Spartacus helped them out, even if he didn't know he was helping.

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  • Posted June 10, 2012

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    Welcome to ancient Rome where wealthy have slaves and the height

    Welcome to ancient Rome where wealthy have slaves and the height of entertainment is gladiators battling to a bloody death on the arena. Lauren Hawkeye brings a young wife of a Ludus keeper to the page, with her attraction to one her husband’s gladiators triggers a sequence of events that transform her from a shy and obedient wife to something completely different. And it’s story worth reader.

    As erotic romance this comes close to the real Roman times with the casual attitude to sexy, orgies and slaves, and less strict rules about homosexuality. With all the hot sex sprinkled all over the book one still cannot ignore the romance, which is rule breaking and bordering illegal in the Roman era. The fact that this is a threeway romance is less shocking than the fact that a free woman is falling for two slaves. I loved My Wicked Gladiators, as a fan of history I was all for this and as erotic romance it made it plenty hot glimpse into Roman times.

    I enjoyed both Marcus and Caius’s characters, very stern and strict and obedient (well at least on the surface) but I loved how they transformed when they were alone with Alba. They suddenly became passionate, caring and cherished her very different from her husband. Who started out okay and kept getting worse and worse as the story unfolded and his true colors showed. Ended up dispicing him, probably not alone in that.

    If you love history with an erotic romance story, then look this up! Fans of Rome will love this!

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