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Alba has spent her entire life pleasing others.
As an upper-class woman in Ancient Rome, that is her place in life. But when her husband, Lucius, the owner of a prestigious gladiatorial school, uses her body as a bargaining tool to increase his fortunes, she is faced with doing as he demands?or finding herself on the street.
Forced to lie with masked gladiators chosen by Lucius, Alba is surprised to discover ...
Alba has spent her entire life pleasing others.
As an upper-class woman in Ancient Rome, that is her place in life. But when her husband, Lucius, the owner of a prestigious gladiatorial school, uses her body as a bargaining tool to increase his fortunes, she is faced with doing as he demands—or finding herself on the street.
Forced to lie with masked gladiators chosen by Lucius, Alba is surprised to discover pleasure in being powerless. Only in the forbidden arms of Caius and Marcus does she find comfort, however temporary it may be.
But with Lucius' demands looming and the threat of death for her gladiators ever present, will Alba's fleeting pleasures be enough? Or will she finally grab hold of her own desires, no matter the consequences?
Posted May 20, 2012
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.
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Posted April 4, 2014
Hawkeye's "My Wicked Gladiators" is sensual and erotic. Alba is a terrific character: a sheltered upper class Roman woman who slowly comes to realize that her marriage and fine home are just a cage. Driven into the arms of Marcus and Caius by her husband's greed and manipulation, she discovers an unexpected -- and liberating --love and passion.
I have only two complaints. The first is that the entire story is told from Alba's first person point of view; the story would have been much richer if we had been allowed to see things from Marcus and Caius' perspectives, too. Secondly, the story is set just before the revolt of slaves led by Spartacus; I had expected something of that to be woven into the tale, but it was only alluded to tangentially; working some of that rebellion into the story would have made the book much more exciting.
These are relatively minor complaints, though. The historical details were great and the sex scenes (m/f, m/m, and m/m/f) were deeply erotic. (Fair warning: there is one deeply troubling scene between the gladiators and mad, wealthy widow, but this is deliberate.)
Recommended to fans of Erzabet Bishop, Joey W Hill, and -- yes -- the television show Spartacus. -- lyradora
Posted June 24, 2013
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.
Posted June 17, 2012
Holy Smokes Batman! LOL I thought the book cover was hot, (MAN!) that was until I read the story – I mean forget about being just hot, no, I’m talking body quivering with shattering orgasm hot. The story captivated me with the culture of the Roman times between the classes of slavery and how they gained their freedom through fighting which I loved the snippets of action in the book but also how women were treated during this time like they were possessions and in truth you could actually say they were almost slaves themselves in a way since they belong to their husbands and basically had no rights.
The female character Alba” ”won my heart over as her eyes opened up to what a cruel and deceitful man her husband “Lucius” really was. She finally woke up to find out what true love really was and I was rooting her on as she found love and pleasure in the arms of the two gladiators Marcus and Caius. I also admired her because of the way she treated all slaves in general with respect and the fact that she finally found the courage to stand up to her husband Lucius and beat him at his own game by turning the tables on him in the end.
What is great about great stories like this is that there is always the evil villians and the heroic hero’s who save the day and in this case I have to say that I literally felt like jumping in the story to help kick some serious assss. I didnt know I could actually hate someone so much as I did Lucius right hand slave Justinus – I mean the guy was a sneaky snake who would sell his own mother to get ahead. Another person I hated was the high society rich bitccchhh Hilaria who was a major slut and would probably screw her dog in public if given the chance.
However, the best part of this story was the two wonderful charming gladiators Marcus and Caius. Yes they were lovers before Alba and boy was it hot to read about the passion between them but when Alba was added to the equation the whole book ignited into a scorching torch of pleasure as both men worshiped her body so get ready for some one on one, some annaal action, some suckn', blowin', Light BDSM, and my favorite 69 position while be hammered from behind.
I am truly a new and big fan of this author and look forward to reading more of her works. With that said if you are looking for a hot menage than I highly recommend this awesome book.
Lastly I would like to give a big thanks to my friend Jodie at Riverina Romantics for having this on her site and turning me on to this great read, those girls there read some great hot romances.
Posted June 10, 2012
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!
Posted May 20, 2012
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